I am a city girl through and through, but there are two things I miss from my past experience living in the ‘burbs: 1) A big jacuzzi tub and 2) a back patio where I can indulge in the laziness of a Sunday morning, while drinking my coffee and having a simple breakfast. The next best thing are Dave’s pancakes, that I get to enjoy on most weekends.
Of all the things I can cook and bake well, pancakes are not one of them (although I have to say, it’s gotten better with the use of a griddle.) So when Dave and I started dating, I put him to that task, and he eagerly agreed. And that is how our weekend tradition of pancakes started. For the first six weeks or so, he tested a new recipe every time, taking notes of the different ingredients, measurements of each ingredient, until he developed his own recipe. It is now a household staple.
For his birthday, I even got him this handy dandy Pancake Pen, made by Tovolo, that squeezes out perfectly round pancakes.
Dave’s Weekend Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes Recipe
Makes 8-10 pancakes
1 1/2 cups of flour
~2 tablespoons of sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
~1/2-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs (1 whole and 1 egg white)
1 1/3 cups of buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 banana (mashed or diced)
Chocolate Chips (amount is to your liking)
1) In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
2) In a small bowl, whisk the egg, egg white, buttermilk, butter and vanilla.
3) Pour in wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl, and gently stir until just combined.
4) Fold in the banana and chocolate chips and stir til batter is slightly lumpy.
Do not overmix.
5) Let batter sit for 15 minutes.
6) While batter is sitting, heat griddle to 350 degrees. The trick to cooking a perfect pancake is to watch for the air bubbles to rise to the top of the pancake; when the top of the pancake starts to bubble, it’s time to flip it over. Both sides should be lightly browned.
* We found out, by necessity, that substituting sour cream and milk (skim, whole, soy, almond, etc) for buttermilk made for a fluffier pancake. If you opt for this, use two dollops of sour cream and 1 cup of milk. Also, this recipe will work whether you use the bananas and chocolate chips or not, it’s your choice!