Spiced Chocolate Dutch Baby Pancake With Caramelised Bananas & Peanut Butter Drizzle

spiced chocolate dutch baby pancake with caramelised bananas and peanut butterI don’t fast. I believe that life is too short for unnecessary self-deprivation; I also have never given anything up for Lent, firstly because I am not remotely religious, secondly, because I am not dangerously addicted to anything; and if I were, I should really be giving it up for life, not for just for Lent. I am however (funnily enough…) more than happy to partake in the feasting that often precedes or follows a fast. Shrove Tuesday, or pancake day, is one of those such occasions that I am willing to revel in. Pancakes, in all of their many forms, are one of the most simple and satisfying foods you can make, and are the best way to create an impressive breakfast or brunch (or dinner!). As much as I love the classic British pancake with lemon and sugar, or a stack of fluffy American ones drizzled with maple syrup, if you want to make an impressive breakfast with minimal amount of effort (no standing at the stove flipping endless pancakes) then it’s got to be a Dutch baby. chocolate dutch baby pancake with caramelised bananas and peanut butterDutch baby pancakes (originally German pancakes) are ridiculously simple to make, you just put all of the ingredients into a blender and give it a whizz, then pour the batter into a hot, buttered cast iron skillet (or pie dish/cake tin/roasting tray if you don’t have a skillet) and bake in a hot oven for 20-25 minutes, that’s it! They puff up dramatically in the oven, then fall down again when you take them out; they are fantastic served with a simple dusting of icing sugar, or a drizzle of syrup and some fresh fruit, but I decided to jazz things up a bit by making a spiced chocolate pancake and serving it with caramelised bananas and peanut butter drizzle. Although there are a few elements to make, they are all very quick and simple and the whole thing comes together in under half an hour. The caramelised bananas are out of this world good, cooking them in caramel really brings out the flavour, they are sticky and sweet and work perfectly with the chocolate and hint of spice from the pancake (and oh god the smell as they are cooking is amazing…). The peanut butter drizzle, whilst entirely unnecessary, is utterly delicious, and adds a whole other level of flavour to the dish (what better combination than chocolate, peanut butter and banana?), and it is a simple matter of stirring a couple of things together, plus who doesn’t like a bit of drizzle? The whole thing is finished off with a dusting of icing sugar and a pinch of cinnamon to make it look pretty, whoever you make this for is guaranteed to love you forever! spiced chocolate dutch baby pancake with caramelised bananas and peanut butter drizzle

Spiced Chocolate Dutch Baby Pancake With Caramelised Bananas & Peanut Butter Drizzle
 
Serves 4 sensibly, 2 ostentatiously
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Ingredients
Pancake
  • 180ml (3/4 cup) milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 80g (2/3 cup) plain flour
  • 30g (3 tbsp) cocoa powder
  • 30g (2 tbsp + 1 tsp) sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 30g (2 tbsp) butter
Caramelised Bananas
  • 2 large, ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 55g (1/4 cup + 1 tsp) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 15g (1 tbsp) butter
Peanut Butter Drizzle
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp of milk
  • 2 tbsp icing (powdered) sugar, sifted
  • Icing sugar and cinnamon to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Place a 26cm/10in cast iron skillet (or pie dish/cake tin) in the oven to heat up.
  2. Put the milk, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract, salt and spices in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the butter to the hot skillet, return to the oven until the butter is melted and sizzling.
  4. Pour the batter into the skillet and bake for 20-25 minutes until puffed up and darkened around the edges.
  5. Whisk together the peanut butter, milk and icing sugar until it is smooth and thin enough to drizzle; set aside.
  6. minutes before the pancake is done, prepare the bananas. Place the sugar and water in a medium frying pan or saucepan (make sure it doesn't have a dark coloured bottom or you will struggle to tell when the caramel is ready).
  7. Heat, swirling the pan occasionally (don't stir) until the sugar has melted and turned a caramel colour.
  8. Remove from the heat and immediately add the bananas, stir to coat them in the caramel then add the butter. Return the pan to a low heat and cook for a couple of minutes, occasionally giving it a gentle stir, until the butter has melted and the bananas are heated through.
  9. Top the cooked pancake with the bananas and drizzle over the peanut butter, sprinkle with icing sugar and a pinch of cinnamon to serve.

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22 Comments on Spiced Chocolate Dutch Baby Pancake With Caramelised Bananas & Peanut Butter Drizzle

  1. Frugal Hausfrau
    February 15, 2015 at 8:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I was just going to get off the computer when I saw this post, and of course I had to click on it – how could I not! πŸ™‚ This looks so decadent and creative! πŸ™‚ And now I’m here, of course, you know I’ll have to be checking out some of the other posts!

    I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog on FF awhile back!

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    • hannahhossack
      February 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Ha ha! Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  2. The Hausfrau
    February 17, 2015 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

    Looks amazing, and let’s be honest – who can be bothered flipping hundred of pancakes. I leave that job to my husband and just enjoy the pancakey goodness.

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    • hannahhossack
      February 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Lol! unfortunately the pancake flipping tends to fall on me to do…

      Reply
  3. Babes about Town
    February 17, 2015 at 11:05 am (2 years ago)

    I love seeing all the different varieties of pancakes people come up with. This looks lush! Thanks for sharing x

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    • hannahhossack
      February 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ people do come up with such a wide variety of pancakes, it can be hard to pick which ones to make…

      Reply
  4. Dragons And Fairy Dust
    February 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Those look amazing and totally delicious. Will have to give them a try

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    • hannahhossack
      February 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      Reply
  5. Rebecca @ AAUBlog
    February 17, 2015 at 3:20 pm (2 years ago)

    this looks fab. keep finding o many amazing pancake recipes I don’t know which to choose for tonight! #tastytuesday

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    • hannahhossack
      February 18, 2015 at 5:13 pm (2 years ago)

      There are so many delicious choices, it is really hard to choose…I tend to just go by the contents of my cupboard πŸ™‚

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  6. myrecipebookuk
    February 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve tried chocolate and peanut butter before, but never with banana. It sounds like I need to give the combination a try sometime!

    This looks delicious (as always) and it’s nice to see something different from all of the traditional pancakes.

    Thanks so much for joining in with #FoodYearLinkup

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    • hannahhossack
      February 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Charlotte πŸ™‚ It is a REALLY good combo!

      Reply
  7. Honest Mum
    February 19, 2015 at 6:05 pm (2 years ago)

    These pictures look dreamy. Have pinned! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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    • hannahhossack
      February 22, 2015 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Vicki πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  8. Jess
    February 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Yummy- I’ve never had a Dutch Baby before, but I think this might change my mind. How can I resist when it sounds so easy to do and looks so delicious? Happy FF πŸ˜‰

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    • hannahhossack
      February 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm (2 years ago)

      They are sooo simple to make, and it saves having to stand at the stove flipping pancakes πŸ™‚

      Reply
  9. mademoisellegourmande
    February 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds like the perfect weekend breakfast! Perfect to just whisk up some dough and place it in the oven. Much better than regular pancakes where you have to be active during the entire process. πŸ™‚ I love the banana with it, perfect accompanied by nutella I’d say. Happy belated Pancake Day and happy Fiesta Friday to you. πŸ™‚

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    • hannahhossack
      February 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm (2 years ago)

      It does make things so much easier when you’re feeling lazy! It would be amazing with nutella…if only I’d had some…I’ll have to make it again to give it a go

      Reply
  10. carolinescookingblog
    February 20, 2015 at 4:20 pm (2 years ago)

    These look and sound delicious! I am with you on the flavors, and the any excuse for a pancake!

    Reply
  11. cookingwithauntjuju.com
    February 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I use to make these after taking a cooking class at a Bed and Breakfast. I wonder if I still have my recipe, if not I certainly have yours – bananas and peanut butter drizzle takes them over the top! Thanks for bringing these to Fiesta Friday #56 πŸ™‚

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  12. Jhuls
    February 21, 2015 at 7:20 am (2 years ago)

    This is so divine, Hanna. Yum! πŸ™‚

    Reply
  13. Lili
    February 21, 2015 at 10:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Yes, I also say Yum! Yum yum even! πŸ™‚

    Reply

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