I seem to have developed a trend with the pancake posts. I can’t help it, I find them strangely comforting. Now, this is a bit of a hypocritical statement coming from me, because generally speaking I don’t believe in so called “comfort foods”. Why? Because to me food by definition is fuel, so to call a food item “a comfort food” means you consume it to feel good and I’m not sure that it would be a good thing for my tush, if you know what I mean 😉
Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t indulge, I do. But I usually schedule treats in because I like them, not because I need them to make me feel better. To make me feel better I like to get a hug, I listen to to music, I go to the gym and if it is really bad and I really, really need a pick me up I put on loud music and clean the house. Now, don’t invite me all at once to your houses to clean them up, because this is not something I enjoy. I like the side effect of a clean house and the de-stressing only 😀 I’m getting off topic a bit, so revenons à nos moutons!
Pancakes were a big thing in my childhood. There wasn’t much variety, but when we did make them, they were so heavenly. The most common kind of pancake that I remember with great nostalgia were Potato Pancakes, we called them Placki Ziemiaczane. They were made out of white potato, egg, salt and pepper (if you wanted them savoury) and some all purpose flour to bind it all together. You could add other things like garlic and onion. In this picture raw potato is grated on a fine grater (like a microplane) and put in the batter, the cooking of the potato happens when the batter hits the oil in the frying pan.
Or you can also grate the potato like carrots in which case they might be more difficult to cook through and you see the tiny slivers of potato in the pancake. In any case, the potato goes raw into the batter.
I enjoyed these immensely as a kid and mind you, we’d only have them as a treat. When my mother would run out of ideas for supper she’d always come back to these. The reason they were only an occasional thing is that they were somewhat deep fried. They were not deep fried in a traditional way in a deep fryer, but the frying pan certainly did not lack a deep layer of oil, usually canola oil.
So, because I enjoyed them so much, I came up with a recipe of my own and I like my pancakes sweet rather than savoury. I call them Sweet Potato and Banana Pancakes and boy, are they ever sweet!! No added sugar or sugar substitute!!
They are even fluffier than my Light and Fluffy Coconut and Tigernut Pancakes! In fact, “Light, moist, fluffy and delicious” was the verdict in my house. And that is from a very tough judge. As you can imagine the macronutrient breakdown in these will lean more towards carbohydrates because of the sweet potato and banana, but they are so worth it!