Banana & chocolate pancakes

What a lovely early morning treat! The kids will go crazy for this! And you can use Nutella if you prefer it to the dark chocolate spread that I enjoy. Not the kind of breakfast for everyday indulgence but most certainly perfect for a Sunday morning at the coast. Warm banana or not? Now that seems to be quite the debate. Generally speaking I do not enjoy warm banana unless wrapped in foil with butter and cooked on the ‘braai.’ Alternatively, in this scrumptious breakfast treat!! And the best…? The Lindt dark chocolate ganache that accompanies the banana inside the decadent little pancake. You can go a little bit further and add a good dollop of creme fraiche on top with some berries or spread the pancake with jam and add some mature cheddar…I leave the decision to you. These pancakes are quick to make and the mixture can be made the night before to save time in the morning. Use this recipe for savoury or sweet!

Ingredients (Makes about 8 large pancakes)
1 1/2 C All purpose flour
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp salt
1 Tbs white sugar
1 1/2 C Milk
1 Egg
3 Tbs Butter, melted
1 Tsp Vanilla essence
Olive oil

How to do it
Sift all the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the centre and add the wet ingredients. Mix well with a handheld blender, taking care not to overmix the batter.
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan. Using a piece of kitchen paper, rub oil all over pan and sides. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan. Brown on both sides.

For the banana & chocolate
3 Bananas, sliced
2 Tbs Butter
3 Tbs Honey
100g Dark chocolate
50ml Cream

Heat butter in a pan and add the banana. Drizzle with the honey and cook for about 4 minutes. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan. Once melted, add chocolate and mix well. Set aside to cool.


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