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Brown butter-oat pancakes with caramelized bananas and bourbon whip.

Inspired by I Am a Food Blog and J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. For the bourbon whip: Use an electric mixer or stand mixer to beat the cream to soft peaks. (Make sure your cream is as cold as possible, which aids in whipping.) Lower the speed to medium and trickle in the bourbon, then the powdered sugar. Increase speed back to medium-high and whip just until firm peaks, taking care not to overbeat. The whipped cream should set more once it rests. Chill in the refrigerator while you make the pancakes.
  2. For the pancakes: Toast the oats in a skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the oats smell fragrant and nutty and begin to turn darker. Pour the oats into a blender or food processor and blend on high speed until finely ground, about one minute. (This can be done ahead of time.)
  3. Wipe out the skillet and add the butter. Cook over low heat, swirling constantly, until the butter turns a deep brown and smells nutty, about 2 minutes. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. To the bowl with the brown butter, add the egg, yogurt, and milk, and whisk together until well-combined. (Note: For a fluffier pancake, separate the egg and add the egg yolk only in this step. Whisk the egg white to medium peaks, and keep separate until just before cooking the pancakes.)
  6. Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix gently until mostly incorporated. As always, a few lumps are okay and good. (If you beat the egg white, add it here and mix just until wisps of egg white are still visible.)
  7. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and grease lightly with more butter or oil. When skillet is hot enough that a water droplet will dance when dropped onto the surface, pour about 3-4 tablespoons of batter onto the skillet. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup, which works well and also keeps the counter fairly drip-free. When bubbles form in the batter and leave a brief hole when they pop, flip the pancake and let cook on the other side for one or two more minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove to a plate, then repeat until batter is gone. You can keep the pancakes that are done in the oven on its lowest setting to keep warm.
  8. For the bananas: Wipe out the skillet to get rid of any pancake bits. Melt one more tablespoon of butter in the skillet over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon and stir just until the sugar dissolves. Add the bananas and hazelnuts and stir to coat, then let cook until caramel is thick and bubbly. Serve immediately over pancakes, spooning plenty of the extra sauce over top. Garnish with extra hazelnuts and bourbon whip, and enjoy!

Notes

Feel free to replace the bourbon whipped cream with Greek yogurt, which would both simplify and lighten up the recipe a bit. If you don’t happen to have oats around, 1 cup all-purpose flour (total) will serve you just fine instead.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention! This will make considerably more bourbon whip than you will need (unless you’re a whipped cream eating machine). Here’s a suggestion for the extra — fold about 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk and a touch of vanilla extract into it, then pop it into the freezer for no-churn bourbon ice cream! (I did a crazy thing and added a half-teaspoon of matcha powder, and it made the most unexpectedly tasty matcha bourbon ice cream, but I won’t force that on you unless you’re weird like me.)