Being disappointed at missing out on riding with Pedal Power's Sunday Wanderers due to the storm overnight/this morning, what better way to cheer M and I up than with some indulgent pancakes!
Like much of the food world, we're obsessed with peanut butter at the moment (and separately working our way through some peanut butter M&Ms from the US of A!) so this was an easy flavour choice.
To make these pancakes, you will need:
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
- 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- knob melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
And for the fillings/topping:
- 1 ripe banana, sliced (approx 2cm thick)
- 25g peanut butter (go with whatever your favourite is - smooth, crunchy, whipped or otherwise)
- maple syrup
- block of milk or dark chocolate (I used a Ghirardelli dark chocolate square)
- small leaves of mint (optional)
- Sift flour into a large mixing bowl and add other dry ingredients
- Separately, mix wet ingredients together; then whisk into the flour mixture until smooth
- Melt a small amount of butter in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat, and pour desired amount of batter into the pan. Swirl out the batter so that it's reasonably thin (especially if you like the sides a little crispy) - this will give the banana a chance to caramelise later on)
- While the first side of the pancake is cooking, lay 5 or 6 slices of the banana on the uncooked side of the pancake and shave over some chocolate with a zester or grater.
- Once bubbles start to form (about 2 mins), flip the pancake and allow it to cook on the other side for about another 2 minutes, or until pancake is cooked and banana has started to caramelise
- Flip pancake out onto a plate (banana side up) and spread some peanut butter over while still warm - the peanut butter should melt and glide over the pancake.
- If feeling naughty, shave over some more chocolate, drizzle with maple syrup and garnish with some small mint leaves.
- Devour while continuing to cook pancakes for others; or if you have the patience of a saint, keep warm while you make enough to make a short stack!