This Pancake Day I’ll be cheating. I’m not creating my own recipe this year and that’s because I recently discovered this:
Pancakes with caramelised banana and homemade Nutella-style sauce. Why reinvent the wheel I thought. Oh Lord. Good job I’ve only ever attempted to diet once in my life. But it’s not as calorific as it looks. Honest guv. And of course, you probably wouldn’t want to serve an entire stack of pancakes per person. Or you might. I won’t judge you.
The Greek Yoghurt is key, it really works cuts through the rich chocolatey sauce and the caramelised bananas are divine.
The pancake recipe was spot on and the baking powder really gave these thick pancakes a wonderful fluffy texture. You can make double the chocolate sauce and freeze for another day.
Before and after the chocolate storm:
Pancakes with caramelised banana and homemade Nutella-style sauce.
For the nutella-style sauce:
50g blanched hazelnuts
100g quality milk chocolate (we used Green & Black’s), in pieces
100-150ml single cream (see tips)
Splash dark rum or amaretto
1 tsp flavourless/sunflower oil
For the bananas
75g caster sugar
3 large bananas, just underripe, sliced thickly on the diagonal
For the pancakes:
150g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp caster sugar
2 large free-range eggs, separated
284ml carton buttermilk
Knob of butter for frying
01.For the sauce, heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and spread out the nuts in a baking tray. Toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden and fragrant. Put the chocolate, 2 tbsp of the cream and the alcohol in a bowl over a pan of steaming (not simmering) water. Don’t let the bowl touch the water. When the chocolate has melted, stir to combine, then take off the heat.
02.Let the hazelnuts cool, then transfer to a food processor, add the oil and whizz for 6-7 minutes to form a smooth paste. Pour the chocolate mixture into the processor and whizz until smooth, then pour in the remaining cream and pulse briefly to bring the sauce together. Return to the chocolate bowl and keep warm over the pan of hot water, with a sheet of cling film touching the surface to prevent a skin forming. Turn the oven to very low.
03.Spread out the 75g sugar in an even layer in your largest frying pan. Put the pan over a low heat and, as soon as the sugar begins to melt in the middle of the pan, put the bananas on top and let the sugar melt around them. Once melted, raise the heat so the sugar turns to caramel. Once it becomes a brick red colour, flip the bananas and cook until well caramelised. Don’t move them much or they’ll break up. Keep warm in the oven on a baking tray lined with baking paper while you make the pancakes.
04.For the pancakes, mix the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, sugar and a large pinch of salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then add the egg yolks and stir. Slowly pour in the buttermilk, stirring constantly, to form a smooth, thick batter.
05.In a separate large, spotlessly clean bowl, whisk the egg whites using an electric mixer until they form soft, floppy peaks. Using a metal spoon or balloon whisk, gently fold the whites into the pancake batter, starting with a tablespoon, then adding the rest in 2 additions, for a light, fluffy batter.
06.Heat a large frying or crepe pan and lightly grease with butter. Drop small ladlefuls of batter into the hot pan, spaced out, then smooth them down so they’re around 10cm wide and 1cm thick. Cook over a low-medium heat for 2-3 minutes until golden underneath, then flip and repeat until fluffy and cooked through. Keep warm in a low oven while you make the rest.
07.To serve, layer up pancakes, top with bananas and a dollop of Greek yogurt, then pour over some of the ‘Nutella’ sauce.
During the chocolate storm:
To see the original recipe and a far better photograph, go to the Delicious magazine website.