I made pancakes for the first time in years on Tuesday morning. These are from the Breakfast chapter in Feast. They are just ordinary pancakes with buttermilk instead of regular milk and a mashed banana thrown in. The addition of banana makes it light and fluffy, with a great aroma – but without an overpowering banana taste (you know, like in Banana Paddle Pops… ick!).
My dad leaves for work at 7:30am on Tuesdays, and because I wanted to use that ripe banana ASAP, I decided to wake up early and do them. I told dad to wake me up at 6:45. My dad, always the punctual one, was a bit eager...
Dad: Flicks light on Get up! It’s 6:30!
Rudely awoken from my sleep, I lazily reached for my mobile phone next to my bed to check the time. It was only 6:20!!! Grrr... But anyway, I got up and started mixing and frying. By the way, I'd measured everything out the night before, so just mixed everything together with my eyes closed and by the time I'd finished frying, I had woken up properly.
And we all sat down for breakfast together, even my brother. He woke up at this ungodly hour when Mum yelled "Sarah's making breakfast!" Hah.
Steaming pile of pancakes
Nigella suggests having them with honey and pumpkin seeds, a very nice combination. We also had ours with St. Dalfour jam (strawberry, citrus and so on). Breakfast bliss!
Banana Buttermilk Pancakes with honey and pumpkin seeds...
Pancake making has a special place in my heart, because they were the first things I ever learned how to cook, and I used to make them every weekend when I was 8. Ahh... memories!