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Banana Pancakes w/ Butter Rum Banana Maple Syrup

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Growing up, my favorite pancakes were banana.  We always sliced the bananas and just folded them into the batter.  When you took a bite of your pancakes, you'd get warm, fruity discs in every bite.  When I was older and starting making pancakes for my own kids, I did it the same way...but...I also tried mashing up the bananas and just using them as a part of the batter itself, as opposed to using them as a fold-in.  Doing this keeps the pancakes moist and just sort of permeates them with a light hint of banana.  The banana seems a bit understated.  I like them this way.  We all do, really.  But there's a special place in all our hearts for the kind with little pockets of soft, warm fruit hiding in every bite.  

These particular pancakes were adapted from some that I saw in the book Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food.  I liked the subtle addition of warming cinnamon and ginger...and of course, the buttermilk.  I like buttermilk in just about everything, it seems.  These pancakes aren't very sweet, so they take a blanket of Maple syrup very, very well.  But I started thinking.  I wanted to add bake those soft, warm, banana-y bursts when I took a bite.  So I came up with a quick syrup and seems to caress your tongue.  Seems to brighten your mood without even trying.  The pancake is good, but really, it's just the perfect vehicle for that seductive syrup.
Banana Pancakes w/ Butter Rum Banana Maple Syrup
from the kitchen of girlichef
yield: ~16 pancakes

pancakes:
2 c. all-purpose flour
3 Tbs. sugar
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp. ground ginger
2 very ripe bananas, pureed
2 eggs
2 c. buttermilk
2 Tbs. butter, melted

syrup:
1½ Tbs. butter
big pinch salt
¼ tsp. ground ginger
2 bananas, sliced & kept separate
1 Tbs. rum
⅓  c. maple syrup
pancakes:
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the pureed bananas, eggs, and buttermilk.  Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just combined.  Stir in the melted butter.  If the batter seems too thick, you can thin it with a little extra buttermilk.

Place a heavy skillet over medium heat.  Once hot, add a dab of butter and let it melt.  Pour about a quarter of a cup of batter onto the skillet for each pancake.  Cook until the surface is bubbly and the edges begin to look dry.  It should be golden on the bottom.  Flip and cook until golden on the bottom.  Repeat.

syrup:
Place a medium skillet over medium-low heat.  Add butter, salt, and ginger.  Swirl around until melted, then add first sliced banana.  Cook and toss until coated, about 30 seconds.  Add rum and cook another 30 seconds.   Add maple syrup and cook until bubbly.  Throw in final banana and immediately turn off the heat.  Toss to coat.

to serve:
Serve pancakes with soft butter and syrup.
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31 comments

  1. Those are so beautiful and decadent! Perfect for the holidays!

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  2. I love your banana panckakees!! pancakes were my favourite breakfast during my stay in SF..  and looking to yours makes me feel sooo nostalgic!! ok stop, need to try yours to feel better ;-))

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  3. uuuuhhhh-mazing?? these look soooo tasty!

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  4. I want breakfast at your place from now on.  It looks AWESOME.

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  5. Cómo puedes poner ésto tan rico en fotos???? me estás torturando!!!!!!!!!!!!!! qué delicia!!! cocinas excelente!!
    Saludos

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  6. Wow, what a delicious lookin' pancake!

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  7. Hahaha, so true, the pancakes are most definitely a vehicle for syrup. You should see my husband and his family go after the syrup! It's insanity! I look forward to trying your banana rum syrup...also an insanity of the best kind!

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  8. OK seriously you had me at banana pancakes, then you had me drooling at butter rum!

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  9. I need my fix of pancakes NOW! Like at 5pm and it's still OK to have it, right? Those stacks of deliciousness looks so divine :)

    BTW, thanks for dropping by my blog :)

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  10. Oh my goodness...these are glorious, and that syrup is delightful!

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  11. this just might be on our table christmas morning, SO delicious!

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  12. I wish we were having this for dinner! I adore banana pancakes, and this recipe? Well this recipe looks heavenly. 

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  13. Heather,

    Definitely going to try these...can't wait!

    Thank you so much for linking-up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

    I've spotlighted your post on my Facebook page today.

    Wishing you the happiest of holidays,
    Jenn

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  14. Banana pancakes are my favorite. That syrup looks amazing too. ;-)

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  15. Sounds and looks amazing! I can't wait to try the syrup! 
    stopping by from TT
    http://randomramblingsonlife.com/2011/12/13/apple-strudel-muffins/

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  16. Oh my, these pancakes are making me swoon! What a delicious recipe and I love that wonderful syrup! Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop. It would be very welcome at Let's Do Brunch as well, if you have time to share it :)

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  17.  I think I'll make this on my husband's birthday.  Sometimes he gets weird bday food requests:)

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  18. josé manuel martín fernándezDecember 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Esto tiene que ser fantstico, de rico

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  19. The Café Sucré FarineDecember 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    These are definitely making my stomach growl! They look amazing!

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  20. Stunning clicks, irresistible pancakes,i can die for it.

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  21. Oh, YUM! That is exactly what I want right now.

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  22. Wow! I can feel the sugar high from that wonderful banana rum maple concoction! These look soooo good!  Our family is planning a big Christmas brunch instead of the more traditional Christmas dinner feast ... these look to be on the sideboard with a warm jug of that syrup to blanket them!

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  23. I am going to make some pancaks for the breakfast tomorrow too! Look great!

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  24. I am seriously on my way over for breakfast! Hope you saved some of that pumpkin jam for me too!  :-)

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  25. This flavor combination is out of this world! Thanks so much for linking up to my breakfast blog hop! Pinned :-)

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  26. I love your line: "seems to brighten your mood without even trying".  Sounds good to me!  I have tried making berry syrup and it turned out well, but rum and syrup sounds positively divine!!  I just found a recipe for pancakes with blueberries and one banana slice in the middle, I think this syrup would be an amazing addition to those!  Thank you.  

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  27. Oh man - now all i want is pancakes! These look so good, Heather, and I'm also a big fan of bananas with my pancakes (although calories restrictions and such make it a rare treat). I love that you make your own special syrup for these pancakes - so creative... Love this and thanks for sharing!

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  28. mjskit @ mjskitchen.comJuly 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    WOW! These pancakes look delicious! The pancakes are perfect and that banana sauce is incredible! Love the touch of ginger and rum!

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