Banana Hotcakes are delightful pancakes to which mashed bananas, ground cinnamon and lemon juice have been added to the batter to produce a very tasty hotcake! Honey Pecan Butter is a mixture of softened butter, honey and chopped toasted pecans which may be used as a topping for pancakes or other bread products.
A hotcake or pancake is a flat cake, usually round (although some people make fancy ones in cookie cutter shapes) that is prepared from a starch-based batter that usually contains eggs, milk and butter as well as a variety of other ingredients such as fruit and nuts. Pancakes are cooked in frying pans or on griddles normally but may also be baked in the oven. German Apple Pancakes are baked in the oven – please click here to see this recipe in one of my older posts.
The Recipe for Banana Hotcakes
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Maple Syrup
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg, milk, bananas, oil and lemon juice; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
- Ladle batter onto a hot griddle, using about 1/4 cup batter for each hotcake.
- Turn hotcake when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is browned.
- Serve with Maple Syrup and Honey Pecan Butter, if desired.
The Recipe for Honey Pecan Butter
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- Beat butter and honey in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
- Stir in pecans.
- Other nuts may be used instead of pecans depending solely upon your particular tastes!
Some Fun Hotcake / Pancake Facts
Archaeological evidence suggests that pancakes are probably the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies. Throughout history, people of all nationalities have made pancakes in some form or other. The French make crepes, which are thin pancakes from which many dishes, sweet and savory, are prepared. Potato pancakes or latkes were concocted by the Jews. East Indian people make flatbreads that resemble pancakes, and Mexicans make tortillas. Pancakes are great for breakfast or brunch or anytime!
Pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday, which is known as “Pancake Day” in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia, and “Pancake Tuesday” in Ireland and Scotland. (Shrove Tuesday is better known in the United States, France, and other countries as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.) Historically, pancakes were made on Shrove Tuesday so that the last of the fat or lard was used up before Lent. No meat products should be eaten during Lent.
Charity and school events are organized on Pancake Day: in a “pancake race” each participant carries a pancake in a frying pan. All runners must toss their pancakes as they run and catch them in the frying pan. This event is said to have originated in Olney, England in 1445 when a housewife was still busy frying pancakes to eat before the Lenten fast when she heard the bells of St Peter and St Paul‘s Church calling her to the Shriving Service. Eager to get to church, she ran out of her house still holding the frying pan complete with pancake, tossing it to prevent it from burning, and still wearing her apron and headscarf! Sounds like great fun to me!
When I was in elementary school we often had “pancake suppers” at the school to raise money for various reasons. I was on the girls’ basketball team and we were scheduled to play our most hated rival in the annual basketball tournament on the same night as our school pancake supper. My Dad took all of us to the Pancake Supper before the basketball tournament. I should have stayed home! We lost the basketball tournament and I always felt like I was so full of pancakes that I just couldn’t move on the basketball court! My legs felt like lead! Oh, the trials and tribulations of childhood! ? But I still like pancakes!
Other Silver Foodie posts with Pancake Recipes:
Whole Wheat Pancakes
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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