These American-style pancakes make a tasty and nutritious brunch when served with summer berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. Fruit sauce and yoghurt would also taste delicious
- Preparation 10 mins+ 30 mins resting
- Cooking 20 mins
- Makes 12 pancakes
- 100g (31/2oz) self-raising flour .
- 40g (11/2oz) self-raising wholemeal flour .
- 2 tbsp caster sugar .
- 1 egg .
- 175ml (6fl oz) milk .
- 2 bananas (peeled) .
- butter (for frying)
- sieve .
- 2 mixing bowls .
- wooden spoon .
- jug .
- whisk or fork .
- large non-stick frying pan .
- ladle .
- spatula .
- masher or fork
1.Sift both types of flour into a mixing bowl, adding any bran left in the sieve. Stir in the sugar and make a well in the centre of the mixture.
2.Measure the milk in a jug and then crack the egg into the jug. Lightly beat the egg and milk together with a fork until they are mixed together.
3.Pour the egg mixture into the well in the centre of the flour and sugar. Beat with a wooden spoon until you have a smooth, creamy batter.
4.Leave the batter to rest for at least 30 minutes – this will make the pancakes lighter. Mash the bananas in a bowl then stir them into the rested batter
5.Heat a small knob of butter in a frying pan. Add 3 small ladlefuls of batter to make 3 pancakes, each one about 8cm (3¼in) in diameter.
6.Cook for 2 mins, or until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip the pancakes over and cook for another 2 minutes until both sides are light golden.
7.Keep the cooked pancakes warm in a low oven while you cook the remaining pancakes, adding a little knob of butter between each batch.
- Helpful Hints It is important that the batter is free from lumps. If you do get lumps in your batter, press it through a sieve using the back of a spoon.
- Food Facts - Choose ripe bananas when making these pancakes as they are not only easier to mash but also their nutrients vitamins B and C, potassium, iron, and beta carotene are more easily absorbed by the body. Under-ripe bananas are more difficult to digest and can give you an upset stomach.
- Did you know? In France pancakes are known as “crêpes”, in Russia they are called “blinis”, and in Latin America they are called “panqueques”.