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Fresh Fruit Makes a Great Pancake

Fresh Fruit Makes a Great Pancake

Bananas not only taste delicious no matter how you eat them but they are good for you. Bananas are a excellent source of potassium which is great for your muscles and can help eliminate muscle cramping. Whether you place your bananas on top of your pancakes or inside of them, they will be a great addition alone or in combination with other fruit, chocolate chips or nuts.

The first thing you need is some pancake batter. You can make your own from scratch or you can use a good quality mix like Stonewall Kitchen. Buttermilk mix works well. Prepare the batter according to the package directions. Some mixes require only the addition of water and others need eggs and oil.

Depending on how many pancakes you are planning to make, allow half a banana per large pancake. Peel the banana and then using a sharp knife, cut the banana into thin slices. Places the slices on a plate near the stove or the electric griddle, which ever you are using.

Turn on the griddle or place the fry pan on a medium high burner. If you are using nonstick spray, spray the cooking surface.  You may also use vegetable oil in combination with butter. Just butter tastes better but it burns easily. When a drop of water sizzles on the surface, you are ready to start cooking.

 Place a ladle full of the batter onto the cooking surface and then add a single layer of bananas right on top of the batter, the bananas should sink into the batter and become part of the pancake. With your spatula keep a close watch on the color of the bottom of the pancake. The top should be bubbling. You then flip the pancake over and cook the second side. When browned, place the cooked banana pancake on a platter and continue until you have used all the batter. The pancakes may be kept warm until you are finished by placing the platter in the over with the oven set at 300 degrees. Remember to use a pot holder when you are removing the platter from the oven because it will have gotten quite warm. Add more

Serve the pancakes with butter and warm syrup.

Recipe for basic pancake

2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

2 cups milk or buttermilk (you may sour the regular milk)
4 tbsp melted butter (you can use margarine but it effects the taste)
1 tsp real vanilla extract
2 beaten eggs

Mix dry ingredients together and then add the wet ingredients and beat until smooth.