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 are 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 somehow. 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 lose 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 too 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.

recipe 

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 200ΒΊF 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.