Chocolate Filled Pancakes with Caramelised Bananas

If you're going to do pancake day: go big or go home. Fluffy, American-style pancakes with a melted chocolate centre and crunchy caramelised bananas.

By Christabel Brain
2018/02/13, 11:04 AM


200g self-raising flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
3 tbsp golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
25g melted butter
200ml milk
200g chocolate hazelnut spread
2 large bananas
maple syrup
4 tbsp toasted, chopped hazelnuts


For the batter
Mix the flour, baking powder, 1 tbsp sugar and a pinch of salt in a large bowl with a whisk. Make a well in the centre, crack in the eggs and add the melted butter and milk. Whisk and gradually incorporate the dry ingredients until you have a thick, smooth batter.

Making the pancakes
Heat a knob of butter and a drizzle of oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. When the butter is foaming, pour rounds of batter into the pan, about 8cm wide – leave space between them as they will expand as they cook. Scoop teaspoons of chocolate spread from the jar and pop one in the centre of each pancake, then use a tiny bit more batter to just cover the chocolate spread. Continue cooking for 1-2 mins until the underside is golden brown, then carefully flip the pancakes and cook for 1 min more on the other side. When golden, transfer to a baking tray and keep warm in the oven while you cook the next batch.

When the pancakes are all cooked, caramelise the bananas. Wipe the frying pan clean with kitchen paper and scatter in the remaining 2 tbsp sugar. Heat the sugar until it melts and starts to bubble to a deep amber colour, then toss in the bananas and coat them in the caramel. If the sugar hardens, drizzle in a little maple syrup or water, then bubble for 30 secs until syrupy.

To serve
Serve the pancakes stacked with the caramelised banana pieces between the layers and more piled on top. Drizzle over the maple syrup, then scatter over the hazelnuts.

Pair with

Recipe from bbc good food