Sunday, January 23, 2011

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

These may look like plain, old, unassuming pancakes to you, but don't let the simple appearance fool you.  These are delicious!  It's another winning recipe from Ina Garten, and she certainly knows her pancakes.  These are easy and flavorful, with just the right amount of banana so as to be tasty but not overwhelming.  Add more or less lemon zest to your taste (I added more), or if lemons aren't available, add orange.  Toss in some blueberries if you happen to have them, they go well with the bananas as do strawberries.  But before you get creative, try these just as they are.  Fluffy and satisfying, they are equally good as "silver dollar" pancakes. The perfect Sunday morning breakfast!

I got one of those Cuisinart Griddlers for Christmas and I LOVE it. It has interchangeable plates for either grilling/paninis or using as a griddle and it works just great. The plates come off and go right into the dishwasher for easy clean up. Here are a couple of banana pancakes awaiting flipping.

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
2 extra-large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Unsalted butter
2 ripe bananas, diced, plus extra for serving
Pure maple syrup

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, mixing only until combined.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat until it bubbles. Ladle the pancake batter into the pan to make 3 or 4 pancakes. Distribute a rounded tablespoon of bananas on each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on top and the underside is nicely browned. Flip the pancakes and then cook for another minute until browned. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, add more butter to the pan, and continue cooking pancakes until all the batter is used. Serve with sliced bananas, butter and maple syrup.

This recipe comes from:
Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family

1 comment:

Lyndsay Wells said...

It's 12:18 and I feel like brunch! Just read the recipe out to my husband and he said "Let's make them!"