I first heard of banana-bacon pancakes from a friend who had them in Chicago; she was so mind-blown by them that she recreated them once she got home. “You just make pancakes, really,” she told me, “and put bacon and bananas in them.” And so I did. I stirred crumbled bacon and chopped bananas into a batter that already had a pureed banana in it (one that had blackened in the freezer, making it extra juicy and mashable). Bonus: you then get to cook the pancakes themselves in the bacon drippings, if you’re so inclined. Can you think of a better breakfast to serve in bed on Fathers’ Day?
Brown Sugar, Banana & Bacon Pancakes
6 slices bacon, chopped
2 cups all-purpose flour (or use half whole wheat, half all-purpose)
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
1 large egg
2 Tbsp. melted butter or oil
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 ripe banana, chopped
In a heavy skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp; drain off almost all the drippings (keep them in a small dish) and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and oil. Add it to the dry ingredients along with the overripe mashed banana; stir just until combined. Stir in the cooked bacon and chopped banana.
Warm the skillet up again. (The great thing about cooking the bacon first is that it sort of gets the skillet going, so that the pancakes cook perfectly from the very first go.) If you like, add a bit of canola oil and swirl it around the pan. Ladle in some batter and cook over medium-low heat until the edges look dry and bubbles begin to pop on the surface. Use a thin, flat spatula to flip the pancakes over and cook them for another minute, until they are golden on the other side.
Repeat with the remaining batter. If you need to keep the finished pancakes warm, keep them uncovered on a plate in a 200ºF oven. Makes about 8 pancakes.