The breakfast in bed of your dreams, these bananas foster pancakes are topped with a rich caramel sauce and served with pecans, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
It’s not very often that I have waffles or pancakes for breakfast. For my first meal of the day, I prefer something a little bit lighter like cereal with a bit of fresh fruit, or even a breakfast sandwich.
But there are some days that warrant something extra special. And there is nothing richer, to me, than bananas foster pancakes.
I have to confess… I love, love, love bananas with my pancakes, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that I was introduced to these amazing bananas foster pancakes.
Are there any Gilmore Girls fans here? Netflix released their much-anticipated revival Thanksgiving 2016, so it was in October of 2016 that a friend and I went to a Luke’s Diner pop-up nearby. (Did you go?? What was your experience like in your city?)
The shop had turned into a Luke’s Diner, complete with no cell phone signs and baristas in flannel and backwards caps. It was SO FUN, and regardless of your opinions of the show itself I will still remember it as a very special day.
So where do pancakes fit in all of this?
Most of these pop ups just served black coffee and called it a day, but I was fortunate enough to go to the shop in my city that is run by fans of the show. They created a really fun and inspired menu with cocktails like “The Rory” and breakfast dishes like the “Diner Breakfast Burger.”
And thus the “St. James Shortstack” entered my life – three perfectly fluffy pancakes topped with bananas, a steaming hot rum sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was amazing and indulgent and the perfect companion to my already great day.
And that’s what I’m sharing with you today! Bananas Foster always conjures up images of professional chefs shaking a skillet, searing hot flames dancing around. Seems complicated right? After all, anything with flames is best left to the pros.
Well that’s not exactly true. So long as you follow directions and observe basic fire safety, this recipe is a piece of (pan)cake!
Below I’ve outlined exactly what to do to make this recipe successful. I’ll leave it to you to top these beautiful things with a bit of whipped cream or a small scoop of ice cream to really kick it up a notch.
So what are your thoughts on this recipe? And did you attend one of these Luke’s pop-ups too? What was your experience like? Sound off in the comments below!
Until next time. X
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Bananas Foster Pancakes
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups All Purpose flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp molasses
- 1/4 cup spiced rum
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 2 bananas, sliced into rounds or lengthwise into long strips
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- whipped cream
- vanilla ice cream
For the pancakes:
- Heat a large skillet on medium high heat and coat with the vegetable oil.
- In a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and buttermilk until fully combined.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture half at a time, mixing between each addition. Add the milk and the butter and whisk until combined.
- Pour 1/2 cup of the batter in the heated skillet and fry for 2-3 minutes or until you see bubbles in the center.
- Flip and fry for another 1-2 minutes.
- Remove to a plate and cover with foil until ready to serve.
For the caramel sauce:
- Microwave the half and half in a small bowl for about 20-30 seconds, just until warmed. Set aside.
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar, maple syrup and molasses and stir to combine.
- Cook for 4-5 minutes or until everything begins to melt together and bubble. Once you see bubbles you’ll need to work quickly.
- Stir the sauce once or twice, then reduce heat to low and pour the rum over the top. With a long handled lighter or long match, light the surface on fire. Stand back until the flame goes out on its own – this takes less than a minute.
- Stir in the warmed half and half, then add the bananas. Cook for 2 minutes, flipping once. (optional) Add the chopped pecans and stir.
- Plate the pancakes and spoon the bananas (and pecans) on top, then drizzle with more sauce.
- Serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or more pecans.
- large skillet
- medium skillet
- medium mixing bowl
- large mixing bowl
- pancake turner
- microwave safe bowl
- long handled lighter or long match
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Brunch
- Method: Stove
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: bananas foster pancakes, bananas foster sauce
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