Friday, January 18, 2013

Recipe Swap: Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

The theme for this recipe swap was a celebrity recipe. I was excited when I got Jey's submission - Ina Garten's Banana Sour Cream Pancakes. Yum!


I was really hoping for pronounced sour cream and banana flavors but if I hadn't made these myself I wouldn't have known the sour cream was there. And the banana flavor was also non-existent, aside from the slices of banana on top. Don't get me wrong, these still tasted good, but for the effort of making pancakes from scratch I was hoping for better flavors. My batter was also a little thin and I didn't want to add more flour to thicken it up in case it threw off the other ratios.


I didn't realize just how many pancakes this would yield. I got about 24 medium-size pancakes. Thankfully pancakes freeze well so I have quite a few for another time.

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes
As seen on Jey of Cooking, slightly adapted from Ina Garten
Makes about 24 medium pancakes

1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/3 cup sour cream
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 1 lemon
3 bananas, 2 diced, 1 sliced
Maple syrup, for serving

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla and lemon zest. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet ingredients and mix to combine, and then stir in bananas.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Spoon batter into the pan to make 3 or 4 pancakes and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook an additional minute. Continue, working in batches, until all batter is used.

Serve with sliced bananas and maple syrup.

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  1. I love bananas so I'd be willing to give this a try. Do you think adding some banana extract to the batter might punch up the flavor a bit? I've never tried that extract before, but see it in the store, not sure if its gross.

    1. I've never tried banana extract but I think that would be a great idea. The comment below suggests banana liqueur, also something I've never tried but I think would help bump up the flavor.

  2. Yum! I think these may have to be for breakfast one day this weekend.Maybe add a little banana liquor to add a more pronounced banana flavor?

    1. I think that would be a great addition to bump up the flavor.

  3. These look so comforting and warm on a January weekend. I'll have to try this recipe soon!

  4. I usually love Ina's recipes so I have to try these-maybe I'd add a little more really ripe bananas?

  5. Aww bummer that they didn't turn out as you'd hoped. I tend to make these when I have super ripe bananas so the flavor is definitely there. And 24 pancakes?? Holy cow!

  6. These sound great. My husband is a pancake purist. He only wants plain ones with lots of butter and maple syrup. These sound delicious though, especially made from scratch.


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