Sunday mornings are for pancakes, especially lovely Sunday mornings when it’s not 98 degrees outside. Today I was finally able to use my kitchen without creating an at-home sauna sweat box. Windows open and a lovely breeze of high 70′s blowing through my apartment, I happily whipped up some Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes. My boyfriend happily gobbled them up. I mean really, who is not happy when chocolate for breakfast is on the menu?
My bf walked in when I was cooking and jokingly asked if the ratio was 2:1 on chocolate chips (2 for the pancakes 1 for my mouth). Sometimes there are advantages to being the cook.
My father is the breakfast maker in my family, and he ingrained in me this important tradition: Whenever there are chocolate chips in the batter, at least one pancake must be shaped like Mickey Mouse.
Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
as adapted from Bubby’s Brunch Cookbook
*note this made a ton of pancakes.. I still have batter. I would definitely halve the recipe next time.
*secondary note. Bananas are optional. This also works as just a chocolate chip pancakes recipe.
2 tablespoons sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups sour cream
5 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
2 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 mushy bananas (optional) I deleted a tablespoon of butter for each banana I used
1. Combine the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt in large mixing bowl
2. Using wire wisk beat eggs for 2 minutes until frothy. If using bananas mash them in here. Beat in sour cream, butter, milk and vanilla.
3. Using large spoon or rubber spatula, briskly fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just combined, don’t over mix. The less you mix the fluffier your pancakes will be.
4. Pre-heat stove top griddle or pan to 400 degrees. It’s ready as soon as water flicked on pan sizzles. Lightly butter griddle and use ladle or measuring cup to pour batter onto griddle forming pancakes 4-5 inches. Drop chocolate chips into wet batter side of pancake. It’s ready to flip when air bubbles (approx 10) form on other side.
Rules about pancakes: The first batch of pancakes is always the worst, feed these to the boys. Also, I’m constantly adjusting the heat as it changes the longer you’re cooking. Don’t leave pancakes unattended, as they may be eaten.