Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Banana Pancakes + Rilakkuma + Instagram

Hi! I'm back with a very yummy recipe great for breakfast or a healthy snack for your kids and the whole family. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of bananas but this time, I wanted to try & cook something with banana on it since my boyfriend wanted one. I made 2 kinds of shapes out of this pancake recipe - Instagram App Icon and Rilakkuma. If you don't know Rilakkuma, he is a cute cartoon character from Japan. His name is derived from the Japanese word "Rilak" means "Relax" and "Kuma" means "Bear". I'm inspired making it because I have bought a tea set with Rilakkuma design too. Actually, I'm totally crazy about Japanese cute "kawaii" stuffs and I can't help myself from excitement everytime I see a Japanese character merchandise. Anyway, enough of this talk, here's the recipe you've been looking for.

Ingredients:

2 eggs (separated)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups milk or buttermilk
1/4 cup butter or any vegetable oil (canola, olive, palm)
2 tbsps. white sugar
2 tsps. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas (mashed or blended)

Directions:
  • Separate the egg white and egg yolks in a bowl.
  • Combine dry ingredients together except sugar.
  • In a medium bowl, use electric whisk in beating egg whites and sugar. Beat until stiff and foamy consistency. Set aside.
  • Mash by using a blender or food processor to softened your sweet bananas.
  • Alternately combine milk, egg yolks and butter to your dry ingredients. 
  • Add the mashed banana to your batter then mix thoroughly.
  • Pour down the batter to your egg whites & sugar foamy mixture you've done earlier.
  • Use electric whisk if you have difficulty in mixing them. But do not over beat your batter.
  • Heat and grease your pan with vegetable oil. I do not recommend butter because it will burn easily your pancake. Turn to medium heat so that the batter will still have time to rise.
  • Use an egg molder or if you don't have one, just use a soup ladle to pour the batter to your heated pan to create a round pancake. If you want a perfect round shaped pancake you need to buy an egg molder. You can use a big round stainless cookie cutter if you have. 
  • You will noticed that the pancake is already cooked on the other side if bubbles starts popping out. Immediately flip the pancake on the other side and cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
  • Serve with maple syrup, whipped cream with fruits (strawberry go best with banana)
  • This recipe will yield 10 to 15 medium sized pancakes.
 Here's the egg molder and can be use for pancakes too. But do not follow this technique above if you're trying to make an ear for Rilakkuma because it will fall off.
 Here's the best technique on putting an ear to Rilakkuma. You need to get off the egg molder first and pour a little batter above the round shape to make an ear out of Rilakkuma. Then wait for 1 minute and flip to cook the other side.
Here's how the other side will look like after placing an ear to the round pancake.

Here are the photos of the pancakes using my dslr this time.




To make an Instagram Icon Pancake: You will either use a square cookie cutter or a knife to form a square out of your big round pancake. Use chocolate syrup or gel icing colors that comes in tubes (Black Color) to decorate your pancakes. Use candy sprinkles to form the colorful stripes from the Instagram logo. 


You can use chocolate syrup or black color color gel icing in tubes that are ready to use.











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