52 Weeks of Pinter-TESTS - Week 1: Two Ingredient Pancakes

Ok, so I know most of you use Pinterest.  How many of you have pinned zillions of pretty things?  I have, for sure.  How many of you have actually tried out the majority of what you pinned?

Not me.  That's for sure.

Ok, so partially to motivate myself to do more projects, and partially to motivate me to actually look though my boards and actually do something about them already, I have come up with the idea that I will take on at least one recipe/craft/diy/whatever that I have pinned each week and blog about it.  Some will probably work, and some will probably fail.  We'll see what happens together.

Ok, so here goes the first project: Two Ingredient Pancakes

I'm sure you've all seen the pin - it's everywhere!  The idea is that you mash up banana and egg, fry it and voila!  Pancakes!  There are several variants on this theme with people adding some baking soda or spices and whatnot, but I chose the simplest version for my test.

There are versions of this all over the internet.  You can view the original pin here, or Garden Betty's version here, or another test version here at Pintester

I wasn't sure what I was expecting to happen with these.  There are so many versions, and I think they have the popularity factor in their favour because of the whole paleo/primal thing.  I was hopeful for these to be good, but not about to get my hopes up for mashed up banana and egg.

I'll share exactly what I did, and then also share a few things that I learned from the experiment about what I would either do differently, or just what I would remember for next time.  

Ok and here we go with the recipe and photos of my experience below!

To start off with, I have recently moved to an area that is filled with farmers who seem to have more eggs than they know what to do with.  I could probably buy enough affordable eggs from local farmers to survive off them alone!  I love eggs so this isn't really a problem for me.  I used four bananas and eight eggs in this version, but you can scale the recipe up or down to suit your needs.

It all started well enough.  If you notice that my batter is extra smooth for mashed banana that is because I used an immersion blender.  I didn't really like the sound of egg with chunky banana mush fried into it.  

I contemplated adding some spices - vanilla or cinnamon would go really well - but refrained knowing that what I really wanted was to test the recipe, not make my own brand new recipe!  I also thought about adding some baking soda since I knew that the end product wouldn't be very fluffy, restrained myself.  One thing I did try to do was froth up the eggs to incorporate some air into the batter to help lighten them up.  I'm not sure how much effect that ended up having.  

Well it was so far so good, but I began to have some nervousness about flipping them.

Apparently for good reason!  Wow!  As Pintester discovered, these are quite a bit more challenging to flip than a regular pancake!  You can see how my first attempt seriously failed.  I learned a few things in the process:

1. Make sure the batter is mostly cooked before flipping (look for the shininess of the batter to dull and for lots of bubbles throughout.

2. Think more about peeling it off than about flipping.  Because it's mostly egg it clings on to the pan (even nonstick) so your flipper doesn't like to slide under it easily.  The nonstick will work, but you need to be a little bit clever at how you get them flipped over.  It seemed to me that getting the finished pancake off the pan was much easier than doing that first flip!

This was the end result!  I am happy to say that they pretty much look like regular pancakes except much thinner.  I think that in this instance they are much more like crepes than pancakes.  I even tried making a large one, but that was way too difficult to flip over.  If you had a crepe spatula I think it would work out that way, though.  

And here they are all dressed up with whipped cream and stewed blueberries!

Ok so seriously though, if you want banana crepes, this recipe would work perfectly for you as long as you keep in mind the flipping issue and you made sure you blended the bananas like I did instead of mashing them.  If you're looking for something more like pancakes (which I think I would be next time) then here is my recipe with some suggestions:

Two-ish Ingredient Pancakes

  • 1 large overripe banana (the overripeness is important for flavour)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
Mash up the bananas (or use an immersion blender) and blend together with the rest of the ingredients.  Fry about 1/3 cup of batter on medium high heat.

Enjoy your very healthy treats like I did, or with lime, cinnamon, maple syrup, or any other garnish you can think of!  Happy eating!

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