Glorified banana pancakes, upside down. Months back when I took the sensibilities of tarte tatin and pancakes and turned it into an apple upside down puffed pancake, shortly after posting it I made a version with bananas. I didn’t post about it, though, because I thought, well, I already covered the tarte tatin pancake. I’d hit that tricky spot in food blogging where one starts asking herself: should I blog about this or don’t I because I’ve already blogged something similar? Just leave it as a suggestion in the head note. Well, I didn’t leave a suggestion in the head note so here we are.
Oh, true. I could go back and make that adjustment – but wouldn’t it be more fun to devote an entire post to this glorious sensibility of a tarte tatin turned upside down pancake? I made two tarte tatin pancakes – one apple, the other this banana one, for a Christmas party and everyone loved it. I’ve made them several times before but I especially liked how the banana one came out this time. It was just perfect and the coconut milk in the batter blended beautifully with the fruit; it was sort of like banana cream pie but without the fuss. (My brother kept making jokes, referring to it as a banana cream pie.) It tasted like the best banana pancakes you could eat – glorified.
How you go about to make this is fairly simple: you slice ripe but firm, spotty-skinned bananas into the bottom of a parchment paper-lined, greased or buttered pie plate or pan and sprinkle the banana slices lightly with cinnamon and drizzle or squirt some lemon juice over it before pouring the pancake batter on top and popping it in the oven for half an hour.
Pancakes are one of those tricky fish when it comes to flipping, especially so when it comes to flipping the flourless variety. I was going to post something savoury today (click here for a sneak peek) but that will have to be tomorrow or later this week, since I’m taking charge to address the sometimes challenge of flipping flourless pancakes, focusing on banana pancakes, thanks to a comment that a reader left on the original post, asking for any tips on better flipping. I responded with my own comment, though I thought it would be best to expand and this is it.
I made a video and also took pictures for those who maybe can’t watch videos on YouTube (or any videos for that matter), depending where you are as you’re reading this or whatever you’re using to view this post doesn’t support it, etc., etc. Win-win for everyone! Plus, I include some additional detail and tips that are not in the video.
Autumn is here, at least on this side of the hemisphere, and what better way to welcome in the change of season and weather with warm apple pancakes? Of course, they can be eaten cold or room temperature as well: I’ve packed them for lunches before. I was reminded to make them again one day when I wanted to make pancakes but didn’t really have any usual pancake ingredients on hand. Making them also provided my answer to what to do for this month’s Go Ahead Honey, this month’s theme being healthy school lunches – and apple pancakes just made out of grated apple and egg, with a little cinnamon, sounds pretty healthy to me, and filling. If you want to participate in this month’s Go Ahead Honey, click here for more info.
If you think you’ve seen these pancakes here before, you’re right. I wanted to do them over, though, since my photography’s improved and also including my own tips in the recipe (which includes a video), plus any possible, additional details I didn’t get into the first time. My recipe writing has developed considerably as well since those first early posts – those early ones are still easy to read and understand, allowing the recipes to be made successfully, but I like my writing now to be a little more involved than just instructions, such as smells and tastes, and tips I’ve picked up that I think help with the process whether it’s a recipe from a cookbook or not.