Alright...I will admit it...I am a procrastinator. I've been bad...very bad and very busy and therefore waited till the very last minute to post my pancakes. I will admit that I actually made them for dinner and we just munched on them. But my fiance' will be having them for breakfast tomorrow which so that counts right? As all of Ina's recipes are, this one was very good. I did however change one thing. I did not like the whole idea of just placing the bananas on the pancake while they cooked. So I decided to do a more gourmet version of this pancake. My take is Banana Fosters Sour Cream Pancakes. I took some sugar, butter, diced up bananas, Cognac and voila, you have pancakes that will make anyone happy. Now I completely understand that you would not want to serve this to your children, I promise the intention of this blog is not to booze up the kiddies. If serving this to kids, just take out the Cognac it will taste just as fabulous!
So here it is... very first Barefoot Bloggers post...I hope I made Ina proud!
Banana Sour Cream Pancakes
1 1/2 cups flour 3 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 cup sour cream 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk 2 extra-large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest Unsalted butter
Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, mixing only until combined.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat until it bubbles. Ladle the pancake batter into the pan to make 3 or 4 pancakes. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on top and the underside is nicely browned. Flip the pancakes and then cook for another minute until browned. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, add more butter to the pan, and continue cooking pancakes until all the batter is used.
Banana's Foster Topping
2 ripe bananas, diced 1 stick butter 3 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup Cognac juice of 1/2 a lemon 1/2 a cup pecans, crushed
1. Place butter and sugar in saute pan and let it dissolve on medium heat. 2. Add bananas and cook for 2 minutes. 3. Add Cognac...if you are feeling a bit adventureous or want to impress guests go ahead and flambe: meaning tilt the pan to the flame a bit and your Cognac will cathch on fire. I promise this is sure to be a hit with everyone. 4. Turn off heat and add lemon juice. 5. Spoon over pancakes and add pecans.
Years ago, I followed my dreams and went to culinary school. I went to culinary school to continue the dream that my mother and I always shared: to open up a deli or cafe somewhere and call it our own. Whether that cafe will ever open is still up in the air...but my cooking and my love for food I owe to my mother...and in a way this blog is dedicated to her...I only hope that I can inspire other women with this blog the way my mother inspired me...With her love for food passed onto me, I quickly became a food snob after culinary school. Today, a house, a husband' (and his stomach),and an up and coming business keeps me busy enough without all my gourmet concoctions! But, no matter how busy I am, I still go to my kitchen and cook to retain my sanity. Prehaps this is a way I connect to my mother...but cooking is the only thing that truely soothes my soul. My recent transformation has led me to belive that sometimes you just have to Keep It Simple Stupid...and Cook!
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. ~Woody Allen
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene
Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats. ~George Carlin
Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat. ~Jim Davis
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~George Miller
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. ~Anonymous
But those aren't the flavors. That'd make too much sense. Apple and pear, according to Dr. Phil, are body types the bars are made for. Hey, I've got some advice. If you look like an apple or a pear, eat an apple or a pear! [On Dr. Phil's energy bars. ~Lewis Black