Friday, October 17, 2014

Banana Nut Pancakes with Orange Ginger Syrup

This sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is but tastes so high end that you'll think you went out to a fancy brunch.  To start, gently slice the peel off of an orange.  Try not to get too much of the white part (because it's bitter).  Put the peel into a microwaveable (like glass) container.  Add a couple scrapes of fresh ginger - about the amount of a pinch.  Cover the ginger and orange peel with real maple syrup and set aside.

Get a griddle pan heating.  Squeeze the orange into a bowl and add pancake mix.  Make the pancake mix as you normally do (or according to the box directions).  Add a quarter sized dot of oil to the griddle.  Chop a palm sized amount of nuts (walnuts or pecans will work best).

Peel a banana and slice into equal sized slices.  Pour the pancake batter onto the hot griddle in the hot oil.  Top the batter with bananas and then pour more batter on top of the bananas.  For best results, pour a little batter and spread it so that it's not too thick.  If it's too thick, you run the risk of the center not cooking all the way.  Top with nuts.  Lift an edge of the pancake.  When it's brown, flip it.

Microwave the syrup for 1 minute.  Stir and if needed, microwave for another minute.  Be careful because will easily bubble over.  Remove the orange peels and serve alongside the pancakes.

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