Fluffy Banana Pancakes with Caramel Pecan Sauce and Ricotta Cream

Recipe by Daydream




  • Caramel Pecan Sauce: In a small non-stick saucepan, melt caramel pieces gently with the cream, stirring occasionally until smooth and blended.
  • Add pecans and flaked coconut (and rum or brandy if desired), stir to combine with sauce, then remove from heat.
  • Serve warm over pancakes.
  • Can be prepared the night before, then heated in the microwave until warm.
  • Ricotta Cream: Place ricotta cheese, confectioners sugar, orange juice and orange zest in a bowl.
  • Beat with a whisk until well combined.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Can be prepared the night before.
  • Fluffy Banana Pancakes: Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl.
  • Place buttermilk in a 2-cup glass-measuring cup and add butter.
  • Microwave on high for 2 minutes, until butter melts.
  • Lightly beat yolks, then combine with the buttermilk and butter mixture, whisking to incorporate.
  • Then add vanilla essence and caster sugar (superfine sugar) and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to the flour, and whisk together until batter becomes thick and smooth.
  • Batter can be prepared to this stage, the night before.
  • Beat egg whites in a clean dry bowl until stiff.
  • Fold whites carefully into batter until evenly mixed (and the sliced bananas can be added at this stage, too, if you wish - otherwise, see step 20).
  • Heat a 6-inch diameter fry pan or skillet and brush lightly with melted butter, or spray with vegetable oil.
  • For each pancake, pour 1/2 to 3/4 cup batter into pan, and swirl around quickly to distribute evenly over bottom of pan.
  • Cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface, then lay some banana slices over the top.
  • When pancakes are lightly browned on the bottom (about two minutes), flip over and cook other side.
  • When cooked through, transfer pancake to a baking tray and keep warm in a low oven while you cook the rest of the batter (Each pancake should take about two minutes per side).
  • To serve, drizzle warm caramel pecan sauce over each pancake, and top with a generous dollop or two of ricotta cream.