Grandma's Soul Food Pancakes (with Plantains)

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My grandmother is from Mississippi. I call these her 'soul food' pancakes because she grew up at a time when people who had very little made simple meals taste super delicious. Every Sunday before church, she made these pancakes to get us out of bed. They have a crepe like texture but are still pancakes and are delicious.

1
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter, or more as needed

  • 2 plantains, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (Optional)

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon butter, or as needed

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-low heat; saute plantains until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer plantains to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon.

  2. Beat egg in a large bowl until fluffy. Stir milk and margarine into egg; add flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir mixture until batter is smooth. Fold plantains into batter.

  3. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a heavy griddle or frying pan over medium heat. Griddle is ready with a drop of water breaks into several smaller balls that dance around griddle. Pour batter, about 1/4 cup per pancake, into hot griddle. Cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until browned on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

Cook's Note:

For a thinner batter, add water to find your preferred consistency.

If plantains are very ripe, the sugar in them will make them turn darker faster while sauteeing in butter, but they will still taste good.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
8g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 356mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 347mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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