Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Banana Pancakes - Shrove Tuesday

Many flap jacks will be flipped today on Shrove Tuesday!  It is also the end of Mardi Gras and known as Fat Tuesday.  For Christians it is the final feast day before Lent which begins tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.  Historically this was the last day of feasting and the day to finish the sugar, fats and eggs that were restricted during lent. 

These pancakes are quick to make and use common kitchen ingredients.  They are my favourite use for bananas that are going brown and a little too ripe to eat.  Bananas aren't local to where I live.  If you want to be more in season and local you can also use mashed cooked apples or sweet potatoes, grated apples or carrots. 

Serves 6 people x 2 pancakes each = 12 pancakes


# volume
(# ml)
1 ½ cup
375 ml

Eggs, medium
2 Tbsp
30 ml
Oil or melted butter
2 Tbsp
30 ml
Sugar or other sweetener
2 cup
500 ml
Flour – I used 1 cup gluten free all purpose and 1 cup buckwheat*
1 Tbsp
15 ml
Baking powder

Bananas, large, mashed with a fork

METHOD:1. Beat milk and eggs together with a fork in a large bowl.
2. Stir in the oil and the sugar.

3. Stir in flour and baking powder and combine until lumpy and mixed through.  If you don't need a gluten free version whole-wheat flour works well.

4. Mash the bananas on a plate.

Add to mixture above and blend well. Don't over mix your pancakes as they become "tough" and gangster like.

5. Put a few teaspoons of oil in a skillet and heat it over over medium-high heat.  Then pan is ready when you can "dance" a few drops of water off the skillet.  Cook the first pancakes solo to see if the pan is hot etc.  At my house the first pancake is never the best and usually a treat for Diva the dog!  They are ready to flip when air bubbles form around the surface of the pancake.  Fry the rest of the pancake batter.  You can add more oil to the pan between batches.

Serve with local maple syrup, jam, fruit, applesauce, yogurt etc. 


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