Pancake Friday – Peanut Butter, Bacon, Banana Pancakes

4 04 2014

So I’ve recently discovered Peanut Butter & Co.’s White Chocolate Wonderful.

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I don’t know what took me so long, but wow. I’m pretty sure I went through that jar of peanut butter in like 2 weeks. Whoops. Good thing I’ve been training a lot

It’s so creamy and delicious- and I’m not a big white chocolate fan- I constantly found myself going back to the jar for another spoonful. That was typically how I ate it. #noshame

But then I discovered Thomas’s Limited Edition Banana Bread English Muffins. YUM! Combining the soft nooks and crannies with the delicious flavor of banana bread? Genius! So of course I topped mine with White Chocolate Wonderful. And, because I was feeling particularly dangerous one day, I threw on a bit of bacon and some maple syrup.

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To be perfectly honest, I’ve always been skeptical of Elvis Presley’s famed combo of banana + peanut butter + bacon. But now, I TOTALLY GET IT! Wow, that man was on to something!

The combo was so good, that I made a loaf of banana bread with bacon grease instead of butter, and bacon bits and chocolate chips inside. I didn’t snap a picture, which is why I’m not blogging about it (because what is a recipe post without pictures?) but man oh man was it GOOD! Especially when topped with…you guessed it, peanut butter!

I did capture photos later that week of another bacon/banana/PB recipe:

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(cue angels singing)

Yup, that would be some peanut butter, bacon and banana pancakes. I was all out of my White Chocolate Wonderful, so I used good ol’ standard peanut butter mixed with some honey.

This was CERTAINLY a winner in my book. Big, fluffy, salty, and sweet. Yes, yes, yes, and yes.

I started by cooking up some bacon on my new griddle, and while I was at it, I decided to throw on some banana slices too.

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A closer look:

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And while we’re living on the wild side, why not throw in some mini peanut butter cups that I picked up at Trader Joe’s?

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Bacon bits and peanut butter cups = perfect stir-ins for pancakes. Who knew?

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A few minutes on each side, and you got yourself some Elvis-approved pancakes!

Naked pancakes:

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Kitty photo bomb!

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That’s better.

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Ok, that’s enough. Recipe please?

Peanut Butter, Bacon, Banana Pancakes

Ingredients:

2 bananas
4 slices of bacon
1½ cups all purpose flour
½ cup cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
dash of cinnamon
¼ cup peanut butter
1 TBS bacon fat
2 TBS honey
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1½ cups milk

stir ins: crumbled bacon, mini peanut butter cups, roughly chopped

How to:

On a griddle, cook the bacon until crispy and 1 banana, sliced. The banana will cook faster than the bacon and it gets mushy, so make sure you’re watching it. When the bacon is done, place on a plate with a paper towel to soak the excess fat. When it’s cool enough to handle, crumble the bacon into little pieces.

In a large bowl, mix your dry ingredients: flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey, vanilla extract. Add in 1 TBS bacon fat from the cooking bacon. Mash the grilled banana into the mixture.

In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and milk. Pour into the peanut butter mixture.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, careful not to over mix.

Stir in most of the bacon bits (save some for topping) and a handful of mini peanut butter cups.

Griddle those babies up!

Top with some bacon bits, peanut butter cups, and fry up slices of that other banana!

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Roasted Pear and Bacon Pancakes

11 10 2013

You guys.

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I really wish the lighting was better and the syrup was much more photogenic because these pancakes were probably some of the best I’ve ever made.

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The other night, Bill and I were on the phone and we were talking about pancakes (random, I know) and I got this crazy idea to combine bacon and pears into a pancake batter. So the minute we hung up the phone, I pulled out the last three strips of thick cut bacon I had in the freezer and turned on the oven.  I figured cooking the bacon tonight would save me time in the morning.

The next morning, I chopped up two pears and threw them into a pyrex pan with some of the reserved bacon fat and some of my maple & sea salt butter with a dash of cinnamon. I’m pretty sure that might qualify as my best idea ever.

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When my house was sufficiently filled with the smell of roasted pears, I pulled them out of the oven and half were mashed and added to the batter. The other half was poured into the blender with some brown sugar and maple syrup. Holy yum!
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I really should have consulted with one of my favorite food bloggers ever, because her pictures always look so. darn. tasty. She probably could have given me some tips. I guess these will have to suffice!

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Friends, you must try the bacon + pear combo. You will not be disappointed!

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Roasted Pear and Bacon Pancakes

Ingredients:
3 slices thick cut bacon + bacon grease
6 TBS brown sugar, separated, (3  + 2 + 1)
2 pears, chopped into 1/2inch pieces
1 TBS maple and sea salt butter
dash cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups milk (plus extra if batter is too thick)
2 TBS melted butter (regular)
~1/2 cup maple syrup

How to:

1. Line a baking sheet with foil and bake the bacon at 375°F for about 20 minutes. A few minutes before it is done, drain off the  bacon grease (save it!) and sprinkle on 2 TBS of brown sugar. When fully cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool. (I did this step the night before and kept the bacon and bacon grease in the fridge overnight.)

2. In a baking dish, put the pears, the bacon grease and maple sea salt butter. Add a dash of cinnamon. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flours, 3 TBS of brown sugar, salt, and baking powder. In a smaller bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, milk, and melted butter (and if you’re feeling daring, a bit of bacon grease if you have any left over).

4. When the pears come out of the oven, scoop out about 1/2 cup of the pear mixture. Mash it up with a fork and allow to cool a little before adding to the wet ingredients.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.

6. Chop the bacon into tiny pieces and fold them into the batter.

7. Make pancakes as usual!

8. While the pancakes are on the stove/griddle, add the remaining pear mixture into a blender with maple syrup and 1 TBS brown sugar and blend. Now you have syrup!