Banana Pancakes - North America

Pancakes have been used throughout history, one recipe was even found in an ancient Roman cookbook.
They also represent a religious symbolism: Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day) is for Christians the day before Ash Wednesday, the day before Lent starts. Traditionally during Lent, eggs, milk and butter are banned; so on the last day before the fast, pancakes were served as way of using up all the eggs, butter and milk in the house.
This is a very nice variation of the regular pancakes, and you can try them as well with blueberries, raspberries or blackberries. Feel free to experiment!


  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 8 tbsp. cold butter
  • 1-2 (not too ripe) bananas, peeled and sliced
  • butter for the pan
  • maple syrup, yoghurt, sour cream...
In a large bowl whisk together the flour and the baking powder and add sugar and a bit of salt.
Add the eggs, milk and butter and stir together with the hand mixer until you get smooth batter.
Cover the bowl and set aside for 15 minutes.
Melt some butter in a pan at medium heat.
Put a spritzer of soda water into the batter, then pour a scoop full of batter into the pan. The pancakes should be about as big as the palm of a small hand.
Bake then for a couple of minutes. When the top starts to bubble, cover with banana slices before flipping and baking the other side.
Keep the baked pancakes on a cooking sheet in the warm oven while you continue with the rest.
Serve the pancakes warm with maple syrup, or with sour cream (or yoghurt) and fresh fruit.

Makes about 10 small pancakes.


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