Sunday, 24 July 2011

Banana Pancakes (sugar free, vegan, gluten free. Oh yeh baby.)

There was a time when my husband and I were cash rich and time rich.  It was something to do with being lary, drunken expats in China (good wage, cheap cost of living) and working for a French company (seriously, these people  never work, it was all holiday, holiday (strike), holiday.)

Money and time meant one thing; holidays in exotic destinations.  Jungle trekking in Chiang Mai followed by diving on Koh Tao.  Two weeks diving in the Perhentian Islands.  Wreck diving and island hopping in the Philippines.  Yep, it’s ok to hate me. 

And what unites these travels in my memory is not the perpetual sun, diving with turtles and staying in beach shacks for a £1 a night, it is...the Banana Pancakes.

Wherever we went there were signs for Thai Green Curry, Filipino Fried Dog Meat (I made that one up) and Banana Pancake.  Something tells me that the indigenous populations of these beautiful places did NOT grow up eating banana pancakes on mama’s knee.  So where did banana pancakes come from?
Was it the backpackers?

Scenario 1: You’ve been travelling for weeks in your sarong, your hair is braided, you drunkenly agreed to a tattoo in Bangkok and one day you wake up feeling homesick.  “What I need” you think, “is a banana pancake.” 

Scenario 2: “Pad pai tnang nang” spits Wisdom Cabbage (ever noticed how some nationalities change their real names for ones that us Westerners are supposed to understand?) “kin tao ‘Westerners’ nay thlange!”  Translation: “I hate these foreigners ruining our islands, getting pissed on our cheap alcohol and barfing on our beach. They won’t even eat our food. They’re all ‘No dude, I can’t face any more rice.  Can you do me a banana pancake?’  Damn these young, ignorant people with their braided hair, sarongs and tattoos!  But I have to earn a living, so I make the bastard his banana pancake.”

So it WAS the backpackers who invented the banana pancake.  Conundrum solved.

A few weeks ago I was unpacking my belongings in a house in the UK after five years in Paris.  There were too many belongings for the house.  The kids and I were feeling miserable.  There was CARPET on the kitchen floor.  (I can’t even touch on that one or we’ll be here all day, but carpet? In a kitchen?  Revolting.)  There were two bananas past their best on the table and I’d just unpacked my little purple pancake pan.

It didn’t take long to make a batch of banana pancakes and OK they didn’t quite transport me back to my sun-kissed sarong days on a remote beach in Thailand, but they sort of dulled the misery.

I hope they do the same for you.

Banana Pancakes (gluten free, vegan and sugar free. I rock.)
I can’t remember how many pancakes this mix made, maybe about 15?  Maybe more?  I think more.

To make this egg free, here’s the egg replacing mix:
20g melted margarine
1 heaped tbsp ground linseeds
4 tbsps rice milk
All versions will need:
3 or 4 ripe bananas
3-4 tbsps honey
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Egg free, dairy free, gluten free
1½ tsps baking powder
Approximately 500ml rice milk
Egg replacing mix (see above)
To make these with wheat flour:
Replace the gluten free flour with wheat flour.  You may have to add more or less rice milk to get the right consistency
To make these using eggs:
Replace the egg replacing mix with one large egg
  • If using the egg replacer, mix all the ingredients together and beat with a mini whisk until smooth.  Set aside
  • Using a fork, mash the bananas and set aside
  •  In a large mixing bowl put the flour and baking powder.  Make a well in the centre and add the egg replacing mix or the egg.  
  • Add the honey and about 250ml of rice milk.  Whisk to make a thick batter
  • Add the bicarbonate of soda to the mashed bananas and add it all to the batter
  •  Add enough rice milk to make a batter which is the consistency of thick cream.  You might need to use loads more than I said, maybe less.  GF flour has a mind of its own
  • Heat a pancake pan and wipe the surface with some kitchen towel soaked in oil.  Too much oil will make the pancakes fry, not enough will make them stick.  It’s a tricky balance to strike
  •  Drop dollops of your batter into the pan.  When the surface starts to bubble and is almost ‘set’ turn the pancake over and brown the other side
  • Serve to waiting, slavering children, or place them on a plate in a warm oven until you have a fine stack of deliciousness


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Bibbity Bobbity Boo said...

NO! Not carpet in a kitchen! Who even does that?!

I hope you are settling back into the UK and enjoying our absolutely marvelous weather again!

Pancakes are my comfort food...I'm not sure if it is because they are pretty easy to make in comparison to my most favourite: cheesecake. lol

Pig in the Kitchen said...

BBB, who. even. does. that? I could not put it better myself. I've wondered if it's some sort of British disease... ;-) thanks for the comment. don't tell anyone, but i've sneaked back to France for the Summer. Yay! x

Mimi said...

He he re sneaking back to france for the summer!
I thought my brother was bad with carpet on the bathroom floor, but UGH, carpet in the kitchen is absolutely, utterly, unbelievably gross. UGH.
yea, i wouldn't like carpet on my kitchen floor.
I'm allergic to bananas, so the pancakes are out for me, but enjoyed (as always) reading the story.
have a wonderful summer!

Bibbity Bobbity Boo said...

My grandparents have carpet in the kitchen AND the bathroom =o

Yay to sneaking back to France... ;)

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Mimi, oh dear, I think bathroom carpet might be worse by about 10 shades! I might have to lie down now. Pain about the bananas...maybe pureed apple would work, but that would be a faff wouldn't it? gah.

BBB ahh! the horror. But you'd almost expect Grandparents to do that...


Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

You are incredible. Still laughing about the different scenarios - too funny. And as for these pancakes, you definitely rock, Mel. Hope you're settling and let me know when you're around. Would you believe your pancakes have inspired us so much, we're off to Thailand soon. Wonder if they do macaron tattoos ;-)

Potty Mummy said...

Funny enough, the best banana pancakes I ever had were in my cash and time rich days pre-kids travelling in... Indonesia. Can still remember them now... Though the hotel (for yes, it was a hotel, rather than a hostel) where I ate them was owned by an extremely camp Indonesian gentleman who had spent several years in San Francisco, so maybe that's where the link comes from.

Now excuse me whilst I continue retching on the carpet in the kitchen reference. (You have my sympathies, Pig...)

Nikki-ann said...

OK, I'm definitely going to have to make these! Thanks :)

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Sweet Jill, thank-you my dear! Off to Thailand you say? Ooo, Thai green curry macarons, what about that? Or Banana pancake macarons? Yum, I'll have 10 washed down with some nameless white liquor that the locals brew. A macaron tattoo could be fun!

PottyM, maybe this is why Al Qaeda started? Because us filthy westerners spread our terrible cuisine across the globe? Carpet in the kitchen? It genuinely makes me shudder. In fact all carpet does, I think I might have a phobia...

Nikki-Ann, make away, make away! And enjoy. x

Debra Doherty said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you - No eggs or gluten for me and I miss pancakes so much!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Debra, YAy! Love it when my recipes are useful :-) Thanks for the visit and the comment.

Pig x

Pet Sitting Brisbane said...

Yum! These sound soooo good I am going to make them right now :)

decorative said...

looks so delicious .. i like pancake already .. anyway thanks for the post