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Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas


Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

Stephanie Gallagher

These pancakes are light and fluffy. And the caramelized bananas make a perfect topping that is a favorite of both kids and adults. It looks and sounds fancy, but it's actually quite simple. You can use firm, slightly under-ripe bananas for this recipe - they will hold up better than ripe bananas when sauteed. Pancake Recipes for All Occasions | How to Make Pancakes from Scratch

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

refrigeration time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • For Pancakes:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup seltzer water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted, plus more for griddle
  • Caramelized Bananas:
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 large bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces


  1. Preheat an electric skillet (compare prices) to 350 degrees F. or heat a griddle or large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, seltzer water, egg and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined - don't overmix, or the pancakes will be tough.

  4. Let the pancake batter rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

  5. Melt 1 teaspoon of butter on the griddle or skillet. Pour about 1/3 cup of the pancake batter for each pancake onto the skillet.

  6. Cook the pancakes until bubbles form on the surface. Flip, and cook until golden brown on the other side.

  7. To make the caramelized bananas: Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the brown sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Now add the banana slices and spread them out so they are in one even layer with a little space between each banana. If there isn't enough room, cook the bananas in batches.

  8. Let the bananas cook undisturbed - don't turn them! - for 3 minutes. (This is the only way for the bananas to caramelize. If you flip them, they won't brown properly.) Now flip the bananas, and cook for 1 minute on the other side. Pour the caramelized bananas over the hot pancakes.

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