February 5th, 2010

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes

i usually don’t get up early enough during the week for breakfast, but on the weekend, all bets are off. i like 2 eggs, home fries, sausage, toast, orange juice, coffee…you get the idea. sometimes we switch it up and make waffles, but nothing beats homemade pancakes.

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes

if you don’t like getting up early even on the weekends for breakfast, you can do what we often do around here, which is make breakfast for dinner. in fact, the very first time i had the girl over to my place in college (on valentine’s day if i remember correctly), i made her pancakes, sausage, home fries and eggs…ok, maybe a little too much food for a romantic evening in retrospect, but it must have worked at least a little bit.

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes

so back to these pancakes. i know, i know, bananas, and bacon, and buttermilk. but here’s the good thing – you can leave out (or substitute in the case of buttermilk) any of these and still have a seriously delicious breakfast (or dinner). the basis for them comes from mark bittman, and in a cookbook with millions of recipes, his basic pancake recipe is one of the few i have bookmarked.

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes

the crumbled bacon does give the pancakes a smoky flavor without being too overwhelming, but what really helps push the pancakes over the top is actually cooking them in bacon fat. needlessly decadent? possibly, but in addition to providing flavor, the fat gives the pancakes a perfectly crispy outside.

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes

as i write this, dc is scheduled to get a ridiculous amount of snow over the next few days, so there’s a good chance we’ll be stuck around the house. i’m predicting some snow day pancakes in our immediate future…

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes

bacon banana buttermilk pancakes
makes 4-6 servings. adapted from How to Cook Everything.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
2 Tbsp melted and cooled butter
2 bananas, smashed
3 pieces crumbled bacon
bacon fat for greasing the pan (or butter if bacon fat is not available)

1. cook up bacon and crumble. reserve and strain the fat. y0u can do this a day or two before, keeping the bacon fat in the refrigerator.

2. melt the butter and let cool to room temperature.

3. mix the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar in a bowl. set aside.

4. combine the buttermilk, eggs, cooled melted butter, smashed bananas, and the crumbled bacon. mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. it is ok if there are some small bits of flour. let the batter sit for 5 minutes.

5. heat up a skillet and spoon on just enough bacon fat or butter to coat the surface. ladle on a spoonful of batter and cook until bubbles begin to appear on the top of the pancake. flip and let cook for another few minutes, until both sides are golden brown.

note: if you don’t have buttermilk, you can substitute regular milk but increase the baking soda to 1 Tbsp.

20 Comments for bacon banana buttermilk pancakes - why not leave some love?

  1. Ginny says:

    Hi Pete. I’ve been a long time lurker – at least a year. These look wonderful, and since we are NoVA-ites and about to get hit with the same horrendous snow you are this recipe will come in handy. Thanks for a wonderful blog – I really enjoy your posts.

  2. Jacob says:

    I like this combination well.
    Looks damn good.


  3. Christina says:

    Mmm, bacon grease! I’ve been hesitant to try bacon in sweet things, but I think here I’d like it more.

  4. Lauren says:

    It’s just too bad I didn’t have the ingredients for that trapped inside all weekend. Oh well.

  5. This is got to be my favourite recipe ever! I usually have my bacon and pancakes with plain buttermilk ones but banana pancakes? That’s definitely the way to go!

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  7. Mimi says:

    I like your pancake pan, where did you get it?

  8. That’s the color bacon is SUPPOSED to be! I’ll never understand soggy-bacon lovers. Breakfast for dinner is probably the best idea since the wheel!

  9. I think banana and bacon are the perfect combination– sweet and smoky. Yum. These look delicious. If only I had some buttermilk in my fridge right now!

  10. […] all this snow has everyone making breakfast. Um, and I would like these bacon banana buttermilk pancakes from Pete […]

  11. Sara says:

    Haha, that is such a food lovers first date meal! Clearly the girl knew that you would be a good guy to keep around 🙂

  12. Penny says:

    Holy Chiquita!

    It’s 12:00 at night, and now I’m hungry! This is YOUR fault!! 🙂

  13. hannah says:

    these look amazing. (:

  14. Ginny says:

    I once made bacon pancakes, and they were quite possibly the best things I have ever eaten. I definitely agree about cooking them in the bacon grease. Now I want to try these to see if they are an improvement on something I already know to be amazing.

  15. Dan says:

    Hi, Pete. I just came across your blog, and it is very impressive. Clear, concise, appealing visually, and intelligent. Well done! Thanks for the fine content.

  16. Oh wow, these pancakes look delicious!

  17. cat says:

    these sound amazingly wonderful!

  18. No———- I can’t believe Bacon with Banana??!! I know I like the bacon version but somehow bananas just don’t thrill me cooked – Yuk! It’s bound to be a very personal thing though isn’t it, every recipe is! I have to admit I came in here looking for ideas for using my best food processor, because I have a wrist and hand problem so I use electrics to help with my prep tasks. However, I’ve found some ideas (apart from hot banana) that have me drooling and which sound pretty easy to bash into shape quickly – Thanks
    Vanessa G

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