If the buttermilk pancakes I made last week were too tame for you, try these tropical banana pancakes with macadamia nut sauce instead.
Banana pancakes, made by adding two mashed bananas to pancake batter, are a fun twist to plain pancakes. Topped with a creamy toasted macadamia nut sauce and sprinkled with ground macadamia nuts, these are definitely a good reason to get out of bed in the morning.
Similar pancakes are served up at Boots and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen in Kailua, HI, and are quite a hit. Since Hawaii might be a tad far to travel for breakfast, here's the recipe.
You can make the sauce ahead of time, and just warm it in the microwave before serving.
Makes enough to serve 4 people
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Combine flour, white sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together egg, milk, vegetable oil and bananas.
2. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture; batter will be slightly lumpy.
3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until pancakes are golden brown on both sides; serve hot.
Macadamia Nut Sauce
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon flour
1 cup whole milk
1 cup cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Grind macadamia nuts in a food processor until fine. Place nuts into a medium saucepan and fry over medium high heat for 5 min or until fragrant. Remove from pan, and set aside.
Lower heat to medium and add the butter, stirring until melted. Stir in flour and cook 1 min. Slowly pour in milk and cream, constantly whisking the whole time. Add sugar, salt, vanilla to the pan. Cook 5 min or until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in lemon juice and half of the ground macadamias.
Pour sauce into a serving dish. Serve warm and sprinkle remaining ground macadamia nuts on top of each serving.