Friday, May 18, 2012

Strawberry Banana Pancakes

Delicious yogurt pancakes with strawberries, bananas, syrup, whipped cream, and cinnamon
Strawberry Banana Pancakes

Last weekend, we had the best brunch ever! My daughter and I worked together to make these AMAZING pancakes. She was in charge of batter mixing and fruit slicing, and the rest was a collaboration. I love cooking with my kids. Here's how it all began...

Ingredients for strawberry banana pancakes

I was craving pancakes in a BIG way, when I realized that we did not have enough pancake mix to make my breakfast dreams come true. Bummer. 

And then it hit me...

Maybe we could make pancakes from scratch! I pulled out one of my trusty old cookbooks (How to Cook Everything, by Mark Bittman), and guess what? It turns out that pancakes from scratch are super easy, and don't require that many ingredients. We had all the necessities, plus plenty of extras to make delicious pancakes for the whole family of five (okay, four... the baby guy isn't actually on solids yet). I always like to add my own little twist to recipes, and this time it really paid off! This is how we made our perfect pancakes...

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup yogurt (I used vanilla yogurt... yum)
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • A dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 bananas
  • Butter, or other neutral oil (think corn or grapeseed oil), as needed
  • A little milk to thin the batter, if necessary
  • Your favorite toppings! (we went all out: sliced strawberries & bananas,  a drizzle of hot maple syrup, a dollop of whipped cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon; a dusting of powdered sugar would be delicious too)
Flowers, fresh fruit, and pancake ingredients

Directions:
  • Beat together milk and egg yolks
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl
  • Beat egg whites until fairly stiff, but not dry. For some strange reason, I did this with a wire whisk. I would highly recommend that you use an electric mixer instead to speed things up, and avoid tired arm muscles!
  • Combine dry ingredients with the milk/yolk mixture, stirring to blend. Gently fold in the egg whites. Apparently, they are supposed to remain somewhat distinct in the batter. Mine did not, probably because my tired arms didn't mix them enough, but guess what? They were still amazing!
  • Squish two bananas (I just use the back of a fork), and mix them in to your batter 
  • Heat griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat
  • Put a teaspoon of butter or oil onto your preheated cooking surface, and when the butter is melted, or the oil is hot, add the batter! I use a small measuring cup (third to half cup, or so) to scoop my pancake mix, but really the size of your pancakes is all about personal preference. Just make sure they're small enough to flip. Oh... and if your egg whites are distinct in the batter, be sure to get a little of that portion into each pancake. 
  • Cook until lightly browned on bottom, 3 to 5 minutes, then flip 'em over, and cook until the other side is golden brown, a couple more minutes.
  • Top them however you please, and serve them hot! (or if you want everyone to eat together, keep them warm in a 200 degree oven until the rest of the pancakes are finished).
One of my favorite things about pancakes is the versatility... there are so many things you can put in them, or on them, or next to them. From walnuts, to fresh fruit, to sweet treats, we have tried it all, and have never been disappointed, but I can honestly say that this was our best batch yet. We all devoured them. Even my three year old, who has been an incredibly picky eater lately, so yeah. They were scrumptious.

strawberries, bananas, whipped cream, syrup, cinnamon pancakes

I HEART THESE PANCAKES!!!

10 comments:

  1. and I am now really hungry!! those look amazing!! i"ll have to try them! ;) Cheers!

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    1. Do it! They're so yummy and so easy! :)

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  2. Mmmm maybe this will be our new brunch favorite! We brunch every Sunday and it hasbecome a favorite tradition at our house!

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    1. Sunday brunch has become one of our favorites too! It's so nice to slow down and just spend time relaxing, cooking, and laughing together. Hope you enjoy the pancakes as much as we did!

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  3. Oh my goodness, these look wonderful! I love the addition of strawberries and bananas…yumm! I will definitely have to make these soon :)

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    1. Thanks Heather!! The fresh fruit adds so much great flavor to the pancakes... I never go without it ;)

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  4. Not only do they sound easy and yummy, they look beautiful! Your family is lucky to have someone who puts extra effort into presentation.

    Stopping by from SITS. Happy Saturday.

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    1. Thanks! My kids are always more likely to try things if they look pretty... haha. Happy Saturday!

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  5. These look and sound amazing! I have recently started making pancakes from scratch. It takes only a little more time and effort but they taste sooo much better! I can't wait to try your recipe.

    Stopping by from SITS.

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! I know... I was totally surprised about how easy they were. There are so many mixes and prepackaged foods that are just as easy to make from scratch, and not only do the homemade foods end up tasting better, but it's kind of nice to know exactly what's going into your food! :) Happy Saturday!

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