Monday, 1 April 2013


Fritelle Dolce di Polenta con Banana é Dopio Mandorla
Banana & Double-Almond Polenta Pancakes

It is a bank-holiday weekend... 4 days off work are something to be celebrated whether for religious reasons or otherwise! But as I have had a quiet Easter and have not over-indulged in any real-terms... I decided today that it wasn't too late! Haha! But fear not- though they look very naughts, and indeed have a little more in the way of sugar and sweetness than you may be accustomed to on my blog- these were definitely not as sinful as they may first appear :-) 
And I'd say that's a good thing!

You may have seen me rustle-up this kind of thing before where I like to make a little go a long way... if not- you may not believe that I made this yummy little stack of pancakes from only 1 egg! That and a half of a banana were the starting point to this delicious little breakfast-  and I bet if I had said "I am preparing you an egg and half a banana for breakfast" for breakfast, you would have been disappointed, right? But would you have been disappointed in these? Hmmm... I don't think so!

So as I said- I started off here with just one egg, to which I added 3 tablespoons of polenta, 2 tablespoons of flour, 2 tablespoons of ground almonds, 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. I whisked this all together until it became nice and smooth, then added 2 tablespoons of slivered almonds, a pinch of salt, a teaspoon of cinnamon and Stevia or sugar to taste - you know me! 

Next, came half of a banana, which I mashed down with a fork until it became very soft and easy to work into the batter. I stirred it in and let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Being a practical sort, of course I used that time to tidy up- one of the most important things when you're cooking is to keep things tidy!

Next step was of course to fry these little lovelies up :-) and I did that using just a tiny bit of clarified butter... which is all you need if you use a non-stick pan. I kept a little dishful of slivered almonds handy, so that I could sprinkle them on top of the pancakes as I fried them, and began- 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake. The mixture is quite a soft and fluffy one, so you need to be careful when flipping them over, but as soon as I noticed that the underside was done, I sprinkled them with slivered almond and carefully flipped them to fry from the other side for just 1-2 minutes more.

Once they were finished, I gave them a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar and because I was in the mood today- a nice squeeze of honey on top! I didn't do Maple syrup as I wanted a different flavor to the usual... and the polenta, almonds and banana saw to that nicely. Yummy, fluffy and a whole lot of fun... so these are one little treat I am sure you will enjoy!


  1. Hallo,

    das sieht aber köstlich aus!
    Da hätte ich auch gern probiert!

    Herzliche Grüße
    sendet Dir
    Anfrieda aus NRW in

  2. Ich freu mich sehr das es Dir gefällt Anfrieda! Viel Spass beim nachkochen! Francesco