For this week’s Tyler Florence Fridays, Scott and I whipped up some banana and pecan pancakes with maple butter. These were really good – I really liked the pecans (I left them chopped) in with the pancakes, it almost reminded me of eating a banana nut muffin. The only thing I’d do differently next time, is mash up the bananas and add to the batter as opposed to adding slices at the end.
In order to help beef up the nutritional content, I added two tablespoons of chia seeds to the batter. They don’t change the taste of the pancakes at all, but they do add a nice dose of Omega 3s as well as all kinds of other good nutrients.
We also cut the butter recipe in half and had PLENTY for the full batch of pancakes. The maple butter was good, but not my favorite part. I’m not sure the melted butter was a necessity at the end of the recipe, so I might try cutting it out next time to save on some calories. These were mighty delicious just the way they are though!
Banana and pecan pancakes with maple butter
Tyler Florence, Food Network
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup pecans, toasted and finely ground (not chopped)
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
3 bananas, peeled and sliced in 1/4-inch circles
Maple Butter, recipe follows
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl whisk the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla together so they are well combined. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and sugar. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and stir with a spoon to get rid of the lumps. Fold in the pecans, most of the melted butter and whisk until batter is smooth. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium low heat and swirl around a little melted butter to keep the pancakes from sticking. Using a ladle pour the batter into the pan.
Cook the pancakes on 1 side until they are set and then lightly press the bananas into the batter. When small bubbles appear on the uncooked surface, flip the pancakes and cook until golden on both sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a warming plate in the oven while you make the rest.
To serve, slice the maple-honey butter, layer it between the stack of pancakes and place in the oven to melt for 1 1/2 minutes. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and candied pecans.
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons honey
1 piece parchment or greaseproof paper
In a mixing bowl, using a spatula mash the butter with the maple syrup and honey until well blended. Roll it up in the paper, like a tube and twist the ends. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Yield: 6 servings