I think the holidays, and especially the tail end of the holidays, are all about the comfort of home . Like the old Christmas carol says, “comfort and joy,” right?
Now into our second day of the new year as well as our second round of coughs and colds, a little extra snuggling was just what Dr. Mom ordered.
So here we are, still in our jammies with the fire going and Peppa Pig on the telly. What better way to start this overcast Sunday morning than with the ultimate comfort food, and one of my favourites – Banana Pancakes.
Here is my recipe, for your enjoyment:
BANANA PANCAKES, AMERICAN STYLE
1 Tbls packed brown sugar
2 Tbls oil
1 Cup flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch fresh-grated nutmeg
3/4 Cup milk
1 banana, choppped
Preheat a pan or griddle to about 375 F or level 4, medium heat. Whisk egg and sugar in a medium-sized bowl until foamy. Add oil and sift in dry ingredients. Add the milk and mix until batter is no longer lumpy. You may need more or less milk to get the right consistency – you want the batter to be thick enough to hold its shape for a second or two when you drizzle it into the bowl. Now add the banana pieces and bash them up a bit in the batter. Pour your pancakes onto a lightly greased griddle or non-stick pan and let the magic work. Let them cook on the first side until the edges look a bit dry and the bubbles in the middle pop. Flip, cook some more, transfer to a plate, smear a bit of butter on, and repeat for next pancakes. Voila!
They’re simple, they’re warm, they’re delicious. The recipe is one of those, like risotto or pizza dough, that I’ve perfected and memorized over time. Maybe it’s silly to post such an easy recipe? Yet even though I know they’re nothing really special, to me, they’re extraordinary. And if you want to be particularly bold (as I was today), toss a dollop of leftover brandy cream on top of the stack, along with Lyles Golden Syrup (or Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup, if you’re back in the States). Oh yum!
My next post will be about my new fitness regime… 🙂 Happy New Year!