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light banana pancake

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rest the batter5 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas medium
  • 2 Eggs large or medium
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Vanilla or cinnamon powder
  • a pinch Salt
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  • 15 minutes before you get down to it, take the ingredients out of the fridge so they can get to the same temperature at around room temperature.
  • Mash the bananas with a fork or the back of a spoon. You can grate it instead. Add the cinnamon and stir.
    Mash the bananas
  • Combine flour, salt and baking powder together and sift them once. Don't sift the salt if it's coarse.
  • In abowl, stir the eggs, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until it foams and the volume gets doubled. Stir for 3-4 minutes to make it bulky, fluffy and creamy.
    the secret of the soft puffy look of this pancake is the mixing duration of eggs and sugar, so be careful at this stage. If you don't mix the eggs enough, say for 1-2 minutes, even if it swells its puffiness won't be stable.
  • In another bowl, add the milk to the bananas.
    add the milk to the bananas
  • Next, using a sieve add the mixture of dry ingredients to the milk and bananas and whisk them. There's no need to an electric mixer and don't overwork the mixture.
    As soon as the flour is mixed with the other ingredients, stop stirring. It doesn't matter if a small portion of the flour isn't mixed with the other ingredients or gets pelleted because they are to get thoroughly mixed in the next step.
  • Add 1/3 of the mixed eggs to the mixture of milk, banana, and flour and whisk gently. Be careful not to stir the ingredients too much as the egg puff will fade.
    In the next step add the remaining 2/3 of the eggs and whisk gently again. and the batter is ready.
    light banana pancakes batter
  • In order that the baking powder gets active, rest the batter for around 5 minutes. You'll see bubbles forming on the surface.
    active bakingpowder in batter
  • Pour some oil in a thick frying pan. It's better to choose a non-stick pan like Teflon. When the oil is well heated, add some of the batter into the pan. Maybe ¼ of it.
    Put the remaining batter aside for the other pancakes.This way you'll have four thick pancakes, however you could pour thinner layers of batter to have more pancakes.
  • Having poured the batter into the pan, lower the heat and cook the first side. When you see bubbles coming up to the surface and the edges turn brown (after 3-4 minutes) the first side is fried well.
    If immediately pressed by a spoon the batter will break since it's not firm enough. Slowly, the pancake tightens and takes hold.
  • After the first side is done, turn the pancake over so that the other side gets browned as well. Do this with caution for the pancake may break.
    The second side is also cooked after 2-3 minutes and at this stage you can put the lid on the pan so that the inside of the pancakes gets cooked better.
    When both sides are golden and brown nicely, it's ready.
    Fry the first side of the pancakes
  • light fluffy pancakes are ready.
    light banana pancakes

Notes

If you want soft fluffy pancakes, do not stack them after removing from the pan. Place each separately to give them chance to cool down slightly.
However, I leave the first three to cool, and when the fourth one arrives I stack them all. I put the fourth one hot on top of the others and pour honey on its edges so that it flows onto the sides. (Honey drips well on hot things and that's so appetizing.)
While stacking the pancakes, you can add honey, nutella or jam between the layers. Garnishing the pancake with banana slices, walnuts, breakfast chocolate, chips chocolate, or a variety of jam, marmalade or seasonal fruits will make it an energy bomb.
Additional points:
You can choose the amount of sugar as you wish. If you don't like it too sweet, add less sugar. If you want to add honey between layers when serving, you can add less sugar or remove it altogether.
Baking powder is optional and could be removed.
You can use water instead of milk, but milk gives this pancake better taste and texture.
After mixing the flour, do not stir excessively. Egg puff gives this pancake a soft and light texture, and the more you stir the more the egg puff fades. So once you're sure the ingredients are mixed together, do not stir again.
To measure flour, don't do that by placing and pushing the cup into the flour container because flour particles stick together and more flour gets into. Spoon the flour and pour it into the cup until it's full. Do not press the flour together, but you can smooth its surface gently.
To use a sieve is to prevent the flour getting lumpy and let its particles separate well.
The taste of cinnamon in this pancake is very faint and shouldn't be felt at all. But the fragrance of cinnamon besides banana is wonderful.
Banana is heavy and may settle before you put the batter into the pan; so stir it a bit before pouring the batter.
To fry the pancakes, pour some oil into the pan but not too much, because it makes your pancakes greasy.
Having poured the batter into the pan, there's no need to spread it with a spoon. It's loose and flattens by itself. If the batter shape in the pan is messy, rotate the pan to make it well rounded.
Let the pan heat well, then add the batter. This makes differences. If the pan isn't hot enough and the pancake is still soft, when you spoon it to turn it over, your pancake will break.
This pancake doesn't stick to the frying pan because of the eggs in its recipe, unlike the banana pancakes without eggs that I've taught on my blog. But preferably use a non-stick pan.
The bottom of the pan you use to fry pancakes should be thick; thin frying pans are not a good choice to cook soft banana pancakes in. Since they transfer heat too quickly, this may burn the skin of the pancake and the flesh remain uncooked.
In general, never forget that non-stick frying pans are the best for cooking pancakes.
If you put the lid on the pan, the inside of the pancakes will be cooked better. This is especially true when you're cooking chubby pancakes. Turn the heat down and keep an eye so as not to burn them.