Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Something Different for Pancake Day!

Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey

(Recipe)

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

My mum is a dab hand at making pancakes and we don’t have to wait until pancake day (Shrove Tuesday) to enjoy them, as she often makes them for breakfast throughout the year……thin, lacy ones as well as fat Scotch pancake style ones too; and, although I love the fat little Scotch pancakes, as well as large American style pancakes, it’s the thin, lacy crepe style pancakes that I truly love – doused in sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice, they are utterly sublime. I have shared many a pancake recipe on Lavender and Lovage, and the traditional pancakes that I have been waxing lyrical over are these ones here: A Quire of Paper Pancakes with Lemon & Sugar……..

A Quire of Paper Pancakes with Lemon & Sugar

A Quire of Paper Pancakes with Lemon & Sugar

………much though I love these pancakes, I wanted to get creative in the pancake kitchen this year, and with a little bit of help from Asda “mix-o-meter” Pancake Recipe and Fun Facts page, I decide to make some sweet and savoury pancake dippers! I saw something very similar on Pinterest recently, an American recipe idea, and I thought how brilliant it was to have long strips of pancakes with bacon hidden in the middle of the batter – but, I wanted to make my own version of the idea, with British style bacon AND bananas, so there would be sweet and savoury elements, as well as a vegetarian option. I also wanted to serve my pancake dippers (strips) with some fabulous smoked chilli honey I won from Gran Luchito last year – I have tried the honey with all sorts of ingredients such as cheese and bread sticks, but I had an idea it would be amazing with this  pancake recipe.

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

I served these pancake dipper strips with the honey as planned and it was a totally amazing flavour experience! The smoky chilli honey enhanced the rich bacon and sweet banana pancakes, and my husband, who is not a big chilli fan normally, asked for more! The pancakes were incredibly tasty and the combination of banana and bacon reminded me of that classic American dish of Chicken Maryland, where bacon and fried bananas are served alongside sweetcorn fritter and fried chicken. These pancake strips were very easy to make and serve, and all I had to do (once all of the pancakes were made), was to pile them on a serving platter with the jar of smoked chilli honey in the middle of the table, so everyone could help themselves – simples!

Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey

Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey

If you are a bit stuck for ideas this Shrove Tuesday, then I urge you to try these pancakes – they are delicious and if you are serving them to members of the family who are not chilli lovers, then serve them with normal honey or maple syrup for a fabulous pancake day breakfast or family tea.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as we did if you make them – that’s it for today, have a great week and I’ll see you soon with more recipes and culinary chat! Karen 

*Disclaimer – I received Asda vouchers in order to make this recipe and enter the Asda pancake competition and all views and opinions are my own* 

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey

Serves 4 to 6 people
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Allergy Egg, Milk, Wheat
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region American
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Such an inventive idea for bacon and/or banana pancakes, something a little bit different for breakfast, brunch or even pancake day (Shrove Tuesday). These pancake strips are delectable when "dipped" in or spread with chilli honey, although you can serve them with normal honey and maple syrup too.

Ingredients

  • butter to grease
  • 225g plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 450mls milk (or a little more if it is too thick)
  • 10 rashers of streaky bacon (5 rashers of back bacon, cut in half lengthways)
  • 2 bananas, cut lengthways into 4 or 5 slices
  • Chilli honey to serve (I used Gran Luchito)

Note

Such an inventive idea for bacon and/or banana pancakes, something a little bit different for breakfast, brunch or even pancake day (Shrove Tuesday). These pancake strips are delectable when "dipped" in or spread with chilli honey, although you can serve them with normal honey and maple syrup too. If you don't have any streaky bacon, just cut back bacon in half lengthways.

Directions

Step 1 First make the pancake batter. Put the flour and salt into a bowl, mix and make a well in the middle of the flour. Add the beaten eggs and start to mix with a wooden spoon, adding the milk gradually until you have a smooth batter. Beat well and set to one side until you are ready to cook the pancakes.
Step 2 Heat a griddle or a large heavy based frying pan and grease with a little butter. Pre-heat oven to 100C/200F.
Step 3 Fry the bacon first, until one side is crispy or to your liking - turn the bacon rasher over and pour pancake batter over the bacon in a long strip - it doesn't matter if it runs, you just get more pancake!
Step 4 Cook until bubbles appear on the pancake surface, then turn the pancake over to cook the pancake on the other side. Take bacon pancakes out of the griddle or frying pan and keep warm in preheated oven whilst you cook the rest of the pancakes.
Step 5 Fry the bananas after all the bacon has been cooked, unless you are cooking for vegetarians, in which case cook them first or in another griddle/pan. Turn them over once they are brown and pour the pancake batter over them and cook as before for the bacon pancakes. Keep them warm in the oven if necessary.
Step 6 When you are ready to serve the pancake strips, arrange them on a platter and serve with chilli honey, or, plain honey and maple syrup.
Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey

Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips

Something Different for Pancake Day! Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey (Recipe)

Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips

Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips

I cooked my pancakes on a griddle on top of my AGA and AGA have very kindly provided me with a fabulous Pancake Facts Infographic, as seen below:

AGA Pancake Day Infographic

AGA Pancake Day Infographic

 

Comments

  1. says

    Wow, love the combination of sweet and savoury here Karen. I also have some Gran Luchito Chilli Honey in the cupboard that I’ve yet to use up so must get inventive like you:-) I think it’s great that Asda have challenged so many bloggers to come up with so many original recipes:-)

  2. says

    I did plain bacon in thick pancakes in that American style a while ago and to my utter surprise, it’s one of my most repinned recipes! I love your banana and chilli honey idea! Sounds glorious!

    • says

      Oh I must pop over to see your bacon pancakes Kavey………these have proved very popular already, both on the blog and off!!

  3. says

    I saw that Pinterest post and was very taken with it. Funnily enough before I got to the bit where you mentioned Chicken Maryland, that was what was going through my mind! Blast from the past, those fried bananas with chicken. Great combination very tasty indeed.

    • says

      Yes, the Chicken Maryland idea is there, only no chicken of course! We both really enjoyed these, especially with the smoked chilli honey too!

  4. says

    wowzers, these look quite naughty and appeal to my sense of punk style… I could dig into these with plenty of maple syrup!… can’t wait for tomorrow x

  5. says

    My absolute favourite pancakes are traditional English ones with lemon and sugar, but like you I shall be getting creative with mine tomorrow and I won’t be having my favourites. BUT I will hopefully enjoy what I’m going to be making anyway.

    • says

      Thanks Morgan, I thought they had quite “American” flavours actually, as in sweet, savoury and salty! (Pancakes, syrup and bacon)

  6. says

    Top marks for this Karen, amazing idea and incredibly tempting photography. Great use of our honey too. I suppose you could throw some in the batter before cooking too. Would that work?

  7. says

    this you can call it one perfect breakfast, look’s so amazing and makes you hungry in a moment, only when you look at the picture :D

  8. says

    Wow, that does look great! I never thought I would see banana and bacon together but I think I would devour that dish. I never tried chilli honey either so this recipe brings a lot of new ideas to me..

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