Baby buttermilk pancakes with sticky bananas & Brazils

Baby buttermilk pancakes with sticky bananas & Brazils

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(12 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4-6

Pile 'em high - these simple and scrumptious buttermilk pancakes are guaranteed to be a real crowd pleaser

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal806
  • fat31g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs125g
  • sugars87g
  • fibre3g
  • protein15g
  • salt1.57g


  • 175g plain flour
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • seeds scraped from 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 eggs, separated



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 25g butter, melted and cooled



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200ml buttermilk
    Buttermilk pancake mixture in bowl with whisk



    There are two types of buttermilk. Traditional buttermilk is a thin, cloudy, slightly tart but…

  • 100ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • sunflower oil, for frying
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

To serve

  • 140g caster sugar
  • 100g Brazil nut, very roughly chopped
  • 2 ripe bananas, thickly sliced into chunks



    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 200ml maple syrup, plus extra on the side
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • natural yogurt or crème fraîche (optional)


  1. Place the flour, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and vanilla seeds in a food processor and pulse briefly to blend. Add the egg yolks, butter, buttermilk and milk, then whizz to a smooth batter, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Whisk the egg whites in another bowl to soft, floppy peaks, then fold into the batter.

  2. Heat a heavy-bottomed frying pan until you can feel a good heat rising, then lightly oil the pan. Using a small ladle, pour in the batter to make pancakes about 10cm in diameter. Cook for about 1 min until the tops are set and little holes appear in the surface. Flip the pancakes over, brown lightly on the other side, then transfer to a tea towel placed on a wire rack and keep warm in a low oven. Repeat with the remaining batter, stacking the pancakes as they are cooked.

  3. To serve, pour the sugar into a mixing bowl and toss the Brazil nuts and bananas through it. Tip into a pan, heat through to melt the sugar, then toss together as everything begins to caramelise. When the nuts and bananas are golden brown, remove from the heat and stir in the maple syrup. Arrange the pancakes on a serving dish and spoon over the nut and banana mix, then serve with extra syrup and a dollop of yogurt or crème fraîche.

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4th Apr, 2020
I've made these pancakes, without the topping, four times in the last three weeks! I loathe whisking the egg whites separately, but it's worth it. We have our pancakes with lemon curd (lemon juice doesn't work with the bicarbonate and baking powder- you get a weird, fizzy, mess!), cadburys chocolate spread and maple syrup- not all together. Absolutely delicious pancakes!
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Tatiana Egan
9th Nov, 2019
Not sure if I should leave a comment at all as I didn't use suggested topping and amended the main pancake recipe, but anyway... Made the pancakes, but used all buttermilk instead of milk, skipped butter and sugar altogether, didn't separate eggs... And then had them with sourcream. Was absolutely gorgeous!
9th Sep, 2017
Tasty and easy. I used full buttermilk instead instead of part b/m and part normal milk and they were delicious ☺
2nd Apr, 2012
Great recipe! So easy to make and so tasty to eat! ;) Admittedly I added cinnamon to the batter mixture and didn't use the maple syrup as I reckoned it would be sweet enough anyway with all the caramel. You could also add vanilla ice cream and make it into a very, very tasty pudding! One for the favourites!
22nd Feb, 2012
I needed a new topping idea, and this one is amazing! The banana, brazil nut and sugar was fantastic as it was, no need for the maple syrup. The nuts gave it all such a satisfying crunch.
28th Jan, 2012
Made this recipe on New Years Day for guests. We all loved the pancakes and they reminded us of the days when we lived in New York! We've been making them piled high with chopped fruit with the kids ever since.
18th Sep, 2011
The pancakes are lovely and I recommend doing a small test one to see how much they spread and how fast they cook... I put too much mixture in at first and made very large pancakes that weren't too easy to flip .
10th Jun, 2010
This is the best pancake recipe ever- the whisked egg whites made the difference, I think. The sauce is very tasty, but you don't need as much maple sirup- 80ml should be enough.
5th Mar, 2019
Had anyone made these in advance and reheated them?
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