Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hummingbird Pancakes



The other day I was watching a hummingbird at the nectar feeder and I thought, ooh, Hummingbird Cake sounds good. (For the uninitiated, a Hummingbird Cake is a moist Southern layer cake containing bananas, crushed pineapple, toasted pecans, and sometimes coconut, topped with a cream cheese frosting. As Andy Griffith used to say, It is goo-ood.)

Then I thought, gee, Hummingbird Cake is a lot of work. Well worth it, of course, but WORK! Then I thought, ooh, Hummingbird PANcakes, and I settled on that, first, because they are far less work, and second, because it was eight o'clock in the morning.

There are as many varieties of Hummingbird Pancake recipes as there are Hummingbird Cake recipes, and just as many different toppings. You can top your pancakes with a cream cheese drizzle, a mound of crushed pineapple, or layer your stack with sliced bananas. I prefer mine with pure maple syrup.

The recipe I use is a rather loose adaptation of an old one from Southern Living. Give it a try. It's a great way to brighten your morning.

Hummingbird Pancakes

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, undrained
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 extra-large egg
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1/2 cup coconut

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

In another bowl, combine the banana, pineapple, sugar, vanilla, buttermilk, and egg.  Whisk until just combined.

Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined. Fold in pecans and coconut.

Pour the batter by 1/4 cup full onto a hot griddle. When the pancake starts to bubble, flip to the other side for 2-3 minutes or until browned; repeat with remaining batter.

Extra pancakes can be frozen between pieces of waxed paper for later use.
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8 comments:

stylesofcooking said...

I haven't heard of the humingbird cake but it sounds like something I would love looking at the ingredient list. Your pancakes look and sound Devine. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Kilsdonk said...

Oooh yum. These sound fabulous. Never having indulged in Hummingbird Cake -- though I HAVE heard of it! -- these do sound like a simpler and more doable recipe with a similar taste. Thanks for sharing! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

Karen Luvswesavory said...

I'm inspired by your fluffy and yummy looking Hummingbird Pancakes. Looks really good ! Enjoy and have a great weekend :D

eileeninmd said...

Yum, your pancakes look delicious. The hummingbird cake is new to me, but it sounds great too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Enjoy your day!

bj said...

Holy Cow, woman...just READING about these brings me to my knees...I have every thing but bananas so I may try making them in the morning with apple sauce....thanks for the recipe;
Here from Rattlebridge

Tammy Doucette said...

These sound wonderful! I like trying new recipes that sound extra special while on vacation. I will be trying these on our vacation to Myrtle Beach next month. Thank You!

CJ Huang said...

I've only heard about Hummingbird Cake, but it sounds like something I definitely need to try! So many yummy flavors. I'm also liking how you made it simple with pancakes instead of the usual cake. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. :)

CJ Huang said...

Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us - you're featured this week on Five Friday Finds!