banana pancakes with brandy cream

A great desert for when you just want to make use of storecupboard ingredients.
You can leave out the brandy cream if you are serving children.

banana pancakes

with brandy cream

20111220-170454.jpgWhat you need
200g plain flour
2 eggs
100ml milk
1 and half tbsp water
100g butter, plus extra for frying pancakes
4 bananas
3 – 4 tbsp brandy

Serves 4

What to do
Ideally, make the pancake batter the day before, or at least 1 hour in advance.
Sieve the flour into a bowl. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and water together. Make a well in the centre of the flour, then slowly stir the egg mixture into the flour. Cover and keep in the fridge overnight.
Heat a non-stick pan. Add a small cube of butter and allow to melt. Ladle in enough pancake mixture to make a circle that holds its shape. Turn as it cooks. Place each cooked pancake in a stack on a warmed plate and cover with a humid tea towel. Keep warm.
Meanwhile, peel the bananas and cut in half lengthways. Melt a knob of butter in a frying pan and the bananas until slightly golden. Remove the bananas, carefully pour the brandy into the pan to deglaze and add the cream. Slowly reduce by half.
Place 2 pieces of banana on top of each serving. Drizzle with the brandy cream.

A note for the cook
These are American-style pancakes – they use a thick batter which holds its shape. Making the batter in advance allows the gluten content of the flour to relax resulting in lighter, pancakes.

DANGER! Brandy is highly flammable. Be very careful when you’re deglazing the pan, especially if using gas. Reduce the flame first.

A wine that works
Lustau ‘East India’ has a lovely, creamy, caramelised nose; a sweet palate, with hints of dates and a touch of bitter chocolate. This blend of the palomino and pedro ximenez grapes gives a full, complex and long finish. A real treat that works well with the sweetened banana and the heady brandy

AIso try
A ten-year-old Tawny port such as Warre’s ‘Otjma’.

ely cookbookThis recipe is taken from the ely Cookbook – available for purchase for €20 online. An ideal Xmas Gift.

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