Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

Original Recipe HERE

It was National Pancake Day, which it seems is a holiday created by IHOP.  While the offer of free shortstacks for every patron all day long was tempting, I wasn't about to call and make the recommended reservations, load three kids in the car, drive in rushhour traffic, and battle the pancake-loving masses for a booth.  I'd already been planning on pancakes for dinner at some point this week, so this night was as good a night as any.  I doubled the recipe and had plenty for dinner and enough for breakfast for the kids and me the next day.

I followed the advice of some reviews and added the bananas as a puree to the batter.  This ensured a uniform banana flavor throughout each pancake, though next time I might use an extra banana and add it as the original recipe says..  The lemon flavor added a nice extra dimension but was a wee bit too strong for my preference. Next time I'll do 1/2 or 3/4 teaspoon of zest.  I imagine that plain yogurt (especially Greek) could be substituted for the sour cream.

1-1/2 cups flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
2 extra-large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 ripe bananas

(1) Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
(2) In separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest.
(3) Mash bananas until smooth or puree in a food processor.  Add to wet ingredients.
(4) Add wet ingredients to dry ones, mixing only until just combined.
(5) In large skillet, melt 1 Tablespoon butter over medium-low heat until it bubbles.
(6) Ladle batter into pan to make 3 or 4 pancakes. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on top and the underside is nicely browned.
(7) Flip pancakes; cook for another 1 to 2  minutes, until browned. Remove from heat.
(8) Wipe out pan with paper towel [optional].  Add more butter to pan; continue cooking pancakes until all batter is used.

Kid Participation:
* Sift dry ingredients
* Whisk wet ingredients
* Mash bananas or push food processor buttons

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