Something Different for Pancake Day!
Bacon and Banana Pancake Strips with Smoked Chilli Honey
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……..
………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.
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!
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*