March 25, 2015

Walnut and Bananas Foster Pancakes

I guess you probably noticed that the site got a bit of a makeover. It's something that I've been working on for over 6 months now. I am probably one of the most indecisive creatures that you'll ever meet, so even when I think that I'm on track and I've got everything sorted, fonts chosen, layout perfect, and colors exact, the next week I'll find something wrong and have to start from scratch. Sometimes I can't even deal with my own self. My indecisiveness is why we've been living in a house with barely any furniture, and probably will continue to have no furniture for the next few years.

A few things have changed with the site. There are some fancy ads on the side - a girl's got to make money some how. There is a subscribe by email box on the sidebar. I've put up a resources page, which I will be updating with my own material in the future. There's a tab for my new edible garden project. A recipe page that is currently broken. Which I am trying to fix. A shop page with my favorites kitchen gadgets, and an updated about me page.

I'm pretty excited to have the design live. It is a huge weight off of my shoulders, because  I can't possibly spend another day tweaking colors, changing fonts, or adjusting margins. I will loose my mind. Now I can focus on important things like bananas cooked in caramel with walnuts, and fluffy pancakes.

I saw a picture on pinterest a couple of weeks ago of bananas foster. I haven't been able to stop thinking about that picture since. It's like I have been living and dreaming bananas foster for weeks. I figured that the only way to get control of my craving was to give in and top everything with bananas foster, including my weekend fluffy pancakes. At the last minute I decided to add in some chopped walnuts for some crunch, and it was definitely the right decision. I made this recipe, left a few pancakes sitting on the counter for Brent when he got home, and as soon as he came in the door, he scarfed them down within two seconds, and he didn't even reheat them. Crazy man. He said they were to good to stop himself. A good sign indeed, especially because he also had a bag of salt and vinegar chips in his hand, his ultimate weakness.

I left the sticky plate on the counter overnight, because when you've spent the whole day in the kitchen developing and testing recipes, the last thing you want to do is dishes at the end of the night, or get off the couch to put the plate in the dishwasher. Unfortunately, I woke to find the plate covered with tiny ants. So now I've got that to deal with. Any suggestions?






WALNUT AND BANANAS FOSTER PANCAKES 
serves 2 - 3

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3 tbsp melted butter + additional for pan
2 large eggs
 1 cup milk

2 tbsp butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp milk
pinch of salt
2 bananas, sliced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat a large frying pan on medium high. Turn the oven to 200ºF or warm.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the melted butter, eggs, and milk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until combine.

Place a dab of butter into the pan, and swirl it around to coat. Pour or scoop a quarter cup of batter onto the pan. Cook three pancakes at a time. Once you see tiny bubbles start to form, flip the pancakes and continue cooking for 1 minute or until brown. Place the pancakes in the oven to keep warm.

Once all of the pancakes are cooked, wipe the frying pan clean. The temp of the burner should still be set to medium high from the pancakes.

Place 2 tbsp of butter into the pan and heat until it begins to bubble. Stir in the brown sugar. Add the vanilla and the milk slowly. The sugar will pop and sizzle. Stir until you have a nice thin caramel. Add the sliced bananas and walnuts and coat with the caramel sauce. Continue cooking for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly and the bananas are soft.

Top the pancakes with the bananas foster, and serve warm. 


29 comments:

  1. This is such a brilliant idea. Those caramelized bananas look incredible! I love your site makeover, too!

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  2. The new design looks amazing! And the pancakes don't look so bad either :)

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  3. The new site is gorgeous! I especially love the new top menu. And these pancakes look soooooo delectable...

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  4. HEATHER. These pancakes are EVERYTHING. That shot of the caramelized bananas???! I die.

    Love the redesign, btw. ;-D

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  5. These look fabulous. There is something about fluffy american style pancakes I just adore and banana always seems like the perfect pair. It just so happens I was thinking about pancakes for breakfast tomorrow anyway...

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  6. LADY THE SITE LOOKS FANTASTIC. So do these pancakes. I can't do the whole butter thang but I've found that roasting bananas in maple syrup is mighty tasty, too. As for your photography.. I had no idea you shoot using artificial light. DAMN! You make it look so good

    PS - I'm hella indecisive too. Must be why I like you so much. ;)

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  7. Fantastic makeover, looks amazing! These pancakes are speaking to me, YUM!

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  8. I love love love the new design and this pancakes look amazing! Never heard about banana foster but it looks all sticky and caramel-ish. yum! :)

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  9. Oh wow!! Definitely loving the new site design. These pancakes suit the look :)

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  10. Your pancakes and site look equally amazing! Going through a similar update (with outside help -- probably worse since I'm a control freak)! Congrats!

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  11. These look amazing! I love love love bananas foster and added to pancakes?? I have to try this. Amazing work. And I seriously just love your pictures every post that you do. So wonderful.

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  12. The new site looks stunning! As do these gooey banana pancakes - gorgeousness on every count.

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  13. Thos caramelized bananas look so gorgeous! Yummy!

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  14. WOAH!! I love the new layout, especially the hues of pastel grey. Very classy. These pancake have me craving another warm breakfast stack this weekend :)

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  15. This looks absolutely decadent, and I must make these soon! I love the new design; simple and to-the-point, and easy to navigate. Great job! :)

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  16. Your site looks wonderful! Those pancakes look amazing too! I am definitely going to try these! Bananas Foster is one of my favorites!

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  17. The site this gorgeous! I absolutely love it. You're obsessing clearly paid off! And these pancakes look like the perfect way to celebrate it. XO

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  18. Beautiful redesign and beautiful pancakes! I completely understand the indecisive thing.. Guilty of that too.

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  19. Holy YUM these pancakes look insanely delicious! Congratulations on the new site too, it looks fabulous as well and I can imagine how great it feels to have it up and "live". Looking forward to more deliciousness from you ~ Cheers:)

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  20. Woah, what a beautiful stack! I'd love some of those for breakfast :) Your new site design is so cool, too, even if it's a little incomplete right now :)

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  21. Best bananas foster I've ever had was on our honeymoon in the Caribbean. I would love to bring that flavor to breakfast!
    Kari
    www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  22. these look amazingly deliciouuuus yumm

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  23. Wow, I just make a decision and move on to the next one :) Love the site though. The design is very pretty. And the pancakes look amazing.

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  24. I just freakin' love the new design! Spotted it on my mobile phone first and was eager to see how it looked on my PC. Well done, Heather!

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  25. So I tried to make these and I can definitely see how it could end up tasting amazing when done right... but I ended up badly burning the sauce :( could you give me maybe a rough time estimate of how long you cook it before adding the bananas? I definitely want to try these again sometime!

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    1. Hi Ali,
      I am so sorry that the banana fosters did not turn out for you :( Once I added the vanilla and the milk to the sugar, I cooked it for only for a minute or two until the sugar started to pop and bubble. Once I added the bananas, I then cooked for only one or two minutes. All in all, the banana fosters took around 5 minutes to make. How hot was your pan. I can imagine the sauce burning if the heat was turned up too high. Hope this helps.

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  26. These pancakes were great! The actual pancake came out soft and thin and not as thick and fluffy as I had hoped for initially, but it actually paired really well with the bananas. I think too fluffy would've been too much with the banana foster. I added chopped pecans instead of walnuts. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for this recipe!

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  27. TASTY PANCAKES! Made them for my sisters birthday and she loved them. Also been using the recipe for caramelised bananas. The bananas are amazing as topping on a big bowl of hot oatmeal.

    https://breakfastalldayblog.wordpress.com

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