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Bananas Foster Pancakes

There's nothing more impressive than a flame in a pan when cooking, assuming it's intentional and controlled of course. This breakfast will impress everyone you're cooking for. We tend to keep this recipe for brunch with friends, but your kids will love it just the same. These bananas foster pancakes are easy to make, sweet, and so delicious! They feature fluffy pancakes and a topping so sweet and decadent that you'll never want regular ole' syrup ever again. The great thing about this recipe is you can use it not only for breakfast but for dessert as well. We did make our pancake mix, but store-bought is just fine here. After all, the pancake is not the star!

INGREDIENTS

For the Pancakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons rum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
 

DIRECTIONS

For the Pancakes:

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  3. Heat a lightly buttered Swiss Diamond griddle or a Swiss Diamond frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

For the Topping:

  1. Melt butter in a large, Swiss Diamond skillet over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, and cinnamon and bring to a low boil.
  2. Once the sauce mixture is all dissolved together cook until bananas have softened, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Mix rum and vanilla and add to the pan, and light the rum on fire
  4. Once the flame goes out, the alcohol is burnt off, and ready to serve on top of the pancakes. Top with walnuts and eat hot. If pancakes aren't your thing, this is delicious served over vanilla ice cream.