There are some things that I am just not good at cooking. I can’t flip an omelet or poach an egg. Whenever I try to make an omelet I am immediately frustrated and it turns into fancy-pants scrambled eggs. Pancakes are one of these things. Elusive little discs of batter.
I actually won a blog giveaway I entered before Christmas on Katie’s Cucina for a Cuisinart Griddler. I wanted it mainly for pancakes since whenever I make them, I burn them and the house gets filled with smoke. The shape and color of the pancakes become distorted and it is slightly embarrassing when I attempt to cook breakfast in a smoke filled kitchen. This griddler has helped me create the perfect pancake. I always think of a pancake recipe I want to try and then I remember: “Hey, you can’t cook them properly!”
I used the griddler at least 5 times the weekend before Christmas. I made these pancakes two times, eggs and bacon open-faced breakfast sandwiches on rye bread, mini turkey burgers and apple-bacon grilled cheese sandwiches. The new machine got a work out. I own a mini George Forman grill and the grill plates don’t come out for easy cleaning like this griddler does. The plate removal makes cleaning it so much easier — you can even put them in the dishwasher! I avoided using the George Forman because it was such a pain to clean afterwards so I am grateful for these removable plates. Plus, there are two sides to the plates: griddle and grill. The option to buy waffle plates is out there and you better believe it when I say I’m totes buying that. (Did I just say totes? Is that still cool…? Probably not.)
Disclaimer: I received the breakfast-altering Cuisine Art Griddler from a giveaway on the blog Katie’s Cucina. I was in no way compensated, other than the giveaway prize, to write this post. The link provided is an Amazon affiliate link but when I say “opinions are my own,” I really mean it. I am seriously in love with this machine.
Banana Topped Spiced Pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cloves
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large egg
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.
Add the egg, milk and oil and mix. Be careful not to over mix, some small lumps are okay.
On a griddler or griddle pan, place 3 Tbsps per pancake. Once bubbles form on top, flip with a spatula. Use cooking oil or butter to grease pan if needed.
Slice bananas and serve on top of pancakes. Drizzle syrup over top if desired.
adapted from: Martha Stewart