I did not grow up eating pancakes for breakfast (American style pancakes), it seems a crime just thinking about it, but as the saying goes “You don’t know, what you don’t know”. When I first visited America in my teens I had my first pancake breakfast at IHOP, I was not really impressed and didn’t know what all the fuss was about. Many years later after getting married and living in America my attempts at pancake making were disastrous. Fast forward to 2009, I do not recall the reason but on June 4, 2009 I decided to make pancakes for breakfast, on this fateful day I scoured the internet for a pancake recipe I had not yet tried. I stumbled upon a website that is similar to Wikipedia, it was a site that allowed people to create a page about a topic they were familiar with, it was project by Google called Knol. The page I found was about pancakes and it was written by Scott Jenson. The article was long and very thorough, he went into great detail about making pancakes, he discussed the flour you should use, he gave options if you were out of an ingredient, he covered all aspects of pancake making. I was so impressed and figured if this pancake doesn’t come out great then I’ll stick to a life of no pancakes, no loss. I printed the entite pancake recipe and put it in a plastic sleeve and added it to my breakfast recipe collection.
I followed every comma and period in the recipe and when the pancakes were ready, Oh Boy, you could have knocked me down with a feather, it was drop dead delicious breakfast. No exaggeration, I give you my personal guarantee, I wanted to find this Scott Jenson and hold him and give him a big hug and kisses. He changed my life forever, he changed my kids lives forever and all the people I have ever made pancakes for and continue to make pancakes for. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Scott Jenson.
I have made these pancakes so often I know the recipe in my head but since I am sharing it today I decided to link to the original location, well you can imagine my horror when I found that Google scraped this project and deleted all the pages. But good news, Scott has put up his own site and listed the recipe. Thanks again Scott.
Before I give you the pancake recipe I just want to give you a word of warning, once you make and eat these pancakes your life will be forever changed, you will always compare every pancake to this one, no box pancake mix will ever taste good again and you will become a pancake snob. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, continue at your own risk.
So without further ado, here is the ultimate banana pancake recipe.
The only things I have added to the original recipe is one banana and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. We are going to put all our dry ingredients into one bowl. You need 1 cup of all-purpose flour, Scott recommends you use King Arthur, I also second this as it really makes a noticeable difference to the pancake. Add 3 tablespoons of white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt. We need to whisk these together until they are combined.
Now for our wet ingredients, in a different bowl we need to add 3 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 mashed ripe banana, 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. Whisk these ingredients together until they are combined.
Next we will add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together. Do not over mix the pancake batter, it is supposed to be lumpy and thick. Let your pancake batter sit and rest whilst you warm your griddle or pan to 325 F.
When your griddle or pan is hot add some butter or oil and spread around evenly. Using a 1/4 cup measure scoop out some pancake batter and pour onto griddle. You should hear a sizzle. You want to cook these slowly so they cook all the way through.
When you see the top of the pancake form small holes or bubbles all over and lose some of its shine, it’s time to flip them over. Wait a few minutes before checking the bottom again and once cooked remove and place on a warm plate.
You can find the banana pancake recipe below for printing and here is the link to the original recipe by Scott Jenson, Buttermilk Pancakes, I recommend, if you have the time, you check it out as it’s an interesting read.