Saturday, February 05, 2011

Homemade Nutella Banana Pancakes

I cannot believe it's already the fifth anniversary of this glorious event!!

Thanks to the wonderful Michelle at Bleeding Espresso and Sara at MsAdventures in Italy, all across the world people will be enjoying World Nutella Day. Sara and Michelle will post a round of up all the yummy goodness on Monday, February 7th.

This year I decided to make Nutella Banana Pancakes. Before I moved to Rome I always used pancake mix. Then when I realized I could make them from scratch and not have to pay four euros for a tiny box of mix at Castroni, I never looked back.

It's so easy, no more preservatives and they taste better. Not sure why the heck I didn't make pancakes from scratch earlier.

Here's the recipe adapted from THE BIG BOOK OF BREAKFAST COOKBOOK.

Basic Pancake Recipe

* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 large eggs
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 3 tablespoons melted butter
* 1 or 2 bananas smashed
* 1 or 2 tablespoons Nutella

1. Crack eggs into small bowl and whisk until foamy.

2. Whisk in milk and melted butter.

3. Place flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl and stir together.

4. Gradually add dry ingredients, whisking briefly after each addition, just until smooth. Do not overmix.

5. Stir in bananas, Nutella

6. Heat griddle. If using electric, aim for 375; if using stove, heat until water flicked on surface bounces but does not evaporate immediately.

7. Brush griddle with oil that has a high burning point; vegetable or canola will work well. (I use butter)

8. Using 1/4 cup measure for small pancakes, 1/3 cup measure for larger, scoop batter out of bowl.

9. From about 3” above griddle, pour batter in solid stream onto griddle.

10. If batter is a little thick, spread it out so that cake is roughly 1/4" tall

11. Watch cake closely; once edges are dry, and a few dry-edged bubbles have formed on top, check the cake’s underside. It should be roughly the color of honey.

12. Flip cake, cook until golden brown.

13. Serve immediately.


Don't overmix the batter
Use a nonstick skillet or griddle
Use a spatual with a nonstick coating.
Turn pancakes only once


Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

You know I never make pancakes anymore...this is the perfect inspiration :) Buon World Nutella Day!

Elizabeth said...

Oh yes, break out a tub and a spoon. Mmmmm.

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I never make pancakes (whoa wrote that before I saw Michellee's comment!) but I had "American brunch" out last weekend and for the price, I'll be starting again soon :) Yum

Joanne at Frutto della Passione said...

I make pancakes every weekend for my son. The Canadian in him loves the pancakes. The Italian in him will only eat them with Nutella on top! I'll try these with him next weekend.

Eleonora Baldwin said...

I've never made banana pancakes before, this is the perfect occasion!

Happy World Nutella Day, cara.

Deeba PAB said...

Just right for now...waking up to a new day and I'm hungry for Nutella pancakes. How yum!!

erin said...

oh these look so good...bananas and nutella are always a wonderful match :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

michelle - glad to have inspired you!

elizabeth - I agree!

sara - I hear you. Brunch prices can be insane. I'd rather throw a bunch then go out to eat one (especially after reading "Kitchen Confidential")

joanne - You make them every weekend? Your son is very, very lucky!

eleonora - my parents used to put bananas in our pancakes all the time. Sometimes I add a pinch of cinnamon.

deeba - buon appetito!

erin - one of my favorite flavor combos. Strawberry and Nutella is yummy too.

Claudia said...

Once I am no longer on this diet, I am so making these. I miss goodies like that. And then top them with some Nutella. mmmm.....

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

c - enjoy! They are delicious.

Anonymous said...

That is so unbelievably cool! I would never have thought to put Nutella in pancake batter,or any batter, for that matter. Will definitely be making these, thanks for the idea!

~Kurious Kitteh

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

kurious - you're welcome. There are some great recipes at the World Nutella Day website.

Anonymous said...

My grand father whom was a cook in korean conflic made peanut butter bannana pancakes. I only wish he was still here to see his recipie improved! Thanks for the idea

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Peanut Butter and Banana pancakes sound amazing!