Thursday, January 8, 2009

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

Who wants a pancake, sweet and piping hot?
Good little Grace looks up and says, "I'll take the one off the top."
Who wants a pancake, hot off the griddle
Terrible Teresa grins and says, "I'll take the one in the middle."
Remember this silly Shel Silverstein poem with an illustration of a sky high pancake tower? Well, I wish I had a mountainous stack of these sour cream banana pancakes, dripping with maple syrup, slices of banana, a sprinkling of crunchy pecans and a dollop or fluffy whipped cream. (I'd want the one in the middle too, since it would have stayed nice and warm.) These pancakes will make you do a backflip and a somersault! I wouldn't normally go around craving banana pancakes, but now I know what I've been missing. They are fantastic! Count on Ina Garten to create a perfectly not-too-sweet, rich-but-light griddle cake. There is no butter or oil in the batter, just a bit of sour cream, and reduced fat worked just fine, plus I put in half whole wheat to boost the nutrition. Chopped bananas are added to the pancakes as they cook, so it's easy to leave them out for any of your banana-lambasters, like my sister Leslie. The next time I make pancakes, this will be THE recipe. And I'd be happy to eat one off the side, bottom or middle. Wish I had one right now.
Money Saving Tips: A half batch is perfect for a family of four. Use yogurt, sour cream or even buttermilk, depending on what you have on hand. We only used one banana, since half of our group preferred plain, so plan according to your family's tastes. Either way, you'll be saving a stack of cash over a pancake's house prices.
Estimated Cost for a 1/2 batch: $2.50

55 comments:

Marie said...

Erin, those look so yummy!! You just can't beat the barefoot contessa!! I must try these soon. We had pancakes last night when I got home from work for our supper. I served mine with peaches. I wish I had seen this first!!

Girl Japan said...

Erin, they look fantastic.. I could really have pancakes for dinner = ) .. Seriously.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Iam drooling. Luscious and delectable recipe....

gigi said...

Pancakes are one of my comfort foods and Iespecially love them with fruit. Strawberries and peaches are my favorite only because I've never tried banana. Bet I would love them! Happy Day!

Matt said...

The whipped cream is a nice little touch. I'm sure Ina would approve!

Tanji said...

Yummy! I think I'll make them on Saturday and we can listen to the Banana Pancakes song by Jack Johnson while we eat them.

chocolatechic said...

These were fabulous.


I made a full batch, and I only got 5.


Maybe I made them to big.

Andrea said...

Your pancakes look wonderful! I was so glad to try this recipe and find a winner that we all enjoyed. I felt I was missing a little something with mine -- and now I know, whipped cream :) Next time for sure!

Anette said...

That is without doubt the most delocious-looking dessert I've seen in a long time!

VeggieGirl said...

SCRUMPTIOUS!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm glad I had pancakes for breakfast today, it makes it easier not to crave these ones in a terrible way now. I'm just craving them a little bit. Ok, a lot...

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Oh what memories! My Mom made these every Sunday morning, after church...it was a reward for sitting still and not punching my sisters. I loved the sour cream!
Lovely!

Allie said...

OMG I'm starving and now I see this and I wish I wouldn't have skipped breakfast!! Stop by my blog I have an award for you.

Meryl said...

These were so good! I did mine with yogurt.

Maria said...

All of these pancake photos are making me regret my cereal choice this morning! They look fantastic!

Pamela said...

Your bananas look like quite the treat! Fabulous job. I loved these, too. But now I wish I had added some pecans and whipped cream. :o)

Jamie said...

Those look delicious and made me quite hungry!

Catherine said...

Your pancakes look so delicious. Maybe I'll have to try Ina's recipe. Baby Paul saw my batter bowl yesterday and has been begging for pancakes ever since!

Janssen said...

i love that poem - it's a family favorite.

And those pancakes are DIVINE! I have the cookbook, but I haven't made them for a while. Time to fix that!

Marjie said...

I love pancakes, and I super love bananas. Now, if only someone would come to my house to cook the thousand or so pancakes my horde would scarf up!

1freshstart said...

I loved these! I think this will have to be my go-to recipe for pancakes too.

~Cat

Cathy said...

This is going to become my go-to pancake recipe as well. Wish I thought to do half WW flour! I have a house full of banana-lambasters (or at least banana-in-pancake-lambasters) and I never knew it! Oh well, more bananas for me. Lovely pancakes, Prudy!

pinkstripes said...

YUM! Those look really good. I love how you plated them.

Mary Ann said...

Your pancakes do look fabulous. I liked this batter too- I could see it working well with lots of different add-ins.
I wish I would've remembered to add some ww flour in your honor!

Patsyk said...

Yum! I could totally go for one of those... I'll be over in a minute! ;)

jenjen said...

Those pancakes look wonderful! We often have breakfast for dinner during the week and I will have to give those a try. Thanks so much!

XOXOXOX
Jen

Peggy said...

I wish I had taken the time now to make these. Maybe this weekend! Yours, of course, look fabulous as always. :)

Aggie said...

oh YUM...I want your pancakes!!

Grace said...

this good little grace wants one off the top, one from the middle, and one on the bottom. and then 3 more. with lots of syrup. please and thank you. :)

karen said...

they look fabulous! glad you liked them. i see a lot of ina's banana sour cream pancakes in my future! i love how you estimate costs too, that definitely makes me cringe over spending at least $25 when we've gone out for breakfast in the past. we did it EVERY sunday until this past new years as it is our top resolution to stay in for more meals.

Leslie said...

"Who wants a pancake sweet and piping hot?
Adorned with Bananas, Leslie absolutely could not!"

The minute I saw this post and saw the word Banana, I knew you'd think of me.
I could not, would not eat a banana. Not with a fox, or in a box, or on a train, or on a plane and know you know this. But, aside from the banana your pancakes look delicious. The dollop of whipped cream was the perfect finishing touch!
I'm sorry to disappoint but I will always be BananaLes!

shortbreadsouth said...

Beginner Barefoot Blogger here! I love the added pecans, yum! I am making these again soon and will be sure to use that idea.

Lisa said...

Yours look great. We loved these.

Cynthia's Blog said...

I agree with the pancake review. I have been making this recipe for a year now. I Adore them.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Those look delicious!

MK and Co. said...

I wonder if I will ever hear the word Banana and not think of our sister Leslie? I doubt it. Well if you love bananas than these pancakes look unbeatable. I love the dollop of whip cream on top with the sprinkle of nuts. Very artistic and very lovely!

AmyRuth said...

Man, wish I had those for breakfast. Looks scrumptous. Thanks so much Erin for stopping by and leaving kind words. Are you really not continuing on with the hip widening, thigh smacking, lip licking madness? he he We'll enjoy your thoroughly wise and thrifty meals in these discriminating times. You will, however, be missed at TWD. Maybe I just dreamed that up. ???
AmyRuth

Natashya said...

They do look wonderful, I have heard raves about them - and will have to make them soon. Only, because my kids are giants, I will have to double the batch!

Jeena said...

I love that dollop of cream on top of the pancakes it looks so indulgent. :-)

Sara said...

Awesome pancakes! I think I will make them for saturday morning breakfast! Thanks!

Dawn said...

I must try these one Saturday morning. Everyone raves about these, so I'm totally missing out.

Debinhawaii said...

Your pancakes look great--love the pecans!
This was a great recipe pick!

hot garlic said...

Okay, I'm intrigued enough to see if these pancakes are better than my banana pancakes with caramel sauce to add sour cream to my shopping list...

Just catching up on what I've missed over the break. Your Christmas looks straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, of course. And I'm in love and want to marry those boxes you put the fudge in for your neighbors, ADORABLE. Where from? Question not rhetorical.

Coby said...

I'm always impressed with your simple moves to improve the health-factor in recipes Prudence:) LOL Not that I will follow in your footsteps there, but it's good to know someone is doing the right thing;) They look beautiful!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look fabulous! Yum! There's a present for you on my blog!

Amy said...

Oh my these look heavnely... I love the Barefoot Contessa...but I love your review even more... bookmarked and saved to be printed out later! Woo hoo! My kids are going to love these!

hugs.. Amy

Bridgett said...

I knew I could count on you for a gorgeous Barefoot dish. This looks divine!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Just one look at these, and now I'm having a pancake craving!!

Michal said...

wow, those look amazing. i am lamenting our new early schedule at church. these would be perfect for a lazy sunday morning breakfast (last year we didn't have church until 1:30 pm, so we had great breakfasts all year long.)
i love ina. i love prudy. i can't wait to try these.

~Holly said...

Yummy those look so good!!! :)

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Dee said...

Ooh, these look amazing! I make pancakes quite often, but have never bothered with stacks. It's quite silly, because they're the best way to enjoy pancakes. Filing away in this important fact in the dusty recesses of my mind!

sliceofsueshe said...

dang these look good! i'm going to have to bookmark these for an upcoming weekend.

Kara said...

Oh my goodness, these look amazing!!

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