STUFF TO MAKE THE PANCAKES:
1 ½ cups of flour (not the self-rising kind, but if that’s all you have, forget the next item)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup 1% milk
2 ripe bananas (the riper the better – buy them on the sale rack in your produce dept!)
½ cup of blueberries & cut up strawberries
Canola oil for the pan (or whatever your fave is – just NOT sesame or olive oil)
Maple syrup (or your favourite pancake topping sauce)
HOW MUCH IT REALLY MAKES:
Makes 6 thick hearty pancakes! (After 1 ½ I was full, and I can eat!)
1 – Heat up your pan or griddle – not too high – medium heat is good – with a quick spill of oil so things won’t stick. You want to cook the pancakes slowly to make sure they are cooked all the way through and not burnt on the outsides.
2 – Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
3 – Mash the bananas and the egg together, carefully adding the milk to the mix (keep it in the bowl!).
4 – Add wet stuff to the bowl of dry stuff stirring gently just to get it all combined. DO NOT OVER MIX! As soon as the dry is mixed in, just stop stirring – not even one more stir! I mean it!
5 – Take a ladle and put some pancake goop in the pan. Do this a few times to get multiple pancakes! I fit 3 in a regular sized cast iron frying pan.
6 – Take a teaspoon and drop a few berries on the top of each pancake. Approximately 6-10 little pieces – not to cover, but just so that you’ll get different flavours in each bite.
7 – Now – start the dishes. Just wash up what you’ve dirtied so far. You can also put the coffee on now!
8 – Take a plate and let it sit in hot water to warm up.
9 – You should see some bubbles popping around the edges of your pancakes and if you look at the bottom it should be that beautiful golden pancake colour.
Flip them over (use your spatula – no one wants to see blueberry juice on the ceiling) and let them cook a few minutes on the other side. If you’re worried that it’s not cooked, just poke into the biggest pancake with your spatula to be sure it’s not still raw.
10 – Dry off the plate in the hot water and put your first batch on it to keep warm.
Repeat steps 5 & 6, then wash the batter bowl while you wait to get to step 9.
Holler at your significant other to get their butt to the table (or lovingly invite them – whatever works in your house). Put less than you think you’ll want on your plate, add syrup as you like, and eat! You can always have seconds!
Now wait for your SO to look up and say, “Love you Baby!”