Any other person can make plain pancakes... but only the most awesome of cooks can make stuffed pancakes. Luckily, this isn't a tough technique—in fact, it's so easy that you'll find yourself getting bored of the run-of-the-mill pancakes and dreaming of all the things you can stuff pancakes with, instead.
For this particular demonstration, I'll be using this power couple of both flavor and nutrition: peanut butter-stuffed banana pancakes. But feel free to experiment with other complimentary flavors, such as Nutella and banana... or Nutella and buttermilk... (Heck, Nutella and anything would be amazing!)
Without further ado, let's make some pancakes!
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 cup flour
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 1 very ripe banana
Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Using a tablespoon to measure, make 8 peanut butter balls and space them evenly on the sheet. Using a butter knife, spread and flatten the peanut butter balls so they look like flattened saucers. (I tried to make mine about 1.5 inches in diameter.)
Then place the cookie sheet in the freezer and wait at least 3-4 hours. If you have the time, I would recommend doing this step the night before you plan on making your pancakes.
Mash the banana and beat the egg in separate bowls, then combine the banana, milk, and sugar into the egg bowl. After that, add the dry ingredients, stirring until smooth.
Prepare a pan with cooking spray or butter, whichever you prefer. If you're using butter, take a napkin and wipe the pan rather than letting the butter melt and pool in areas. This will prevent burn spots on the pancakes.
Pour 1/3 cup of batter onto the prepared pan, then immediately place one of the frozen peanut butter circles onto the batter.
Pour another 1/3 cup of batter on top of the peanut butter so it's completely covered.
Wait around 2 minutes or until you can easily wedge your spatula underneath the pancake without it separating or breaking. Flip the pancake, then wait another 2 minutes—or until all of the bubbles alongside the pancakes solidify.
Peanut butter and bananas are the perfect combo, so you might not want to overpower the flavor by adding toppings. However, if you are craving a little something extra, top with honey, whipped cream, or fresh fruit... or all of the above, if you'd like!
- The peanut butter starts melting fairly quickly, so don't remove them from the freezer until you are about to use them.
- If you're making a stack of pancakes, keep the individual pancakes warm by putting them in the oven and turning it to the lowest setting.
- Though these pancakes are delicious warm, they are also yummy when cold.
Making stuffed pancakes is both easy and creative. It's a great way to kick your breakfasts up a notch, and the amount of flavor combinations you can make with this method are endless.
Have any other amazing food pairings that would go well with a pancake medium? Let us know in the comments.
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