Banana Butterscotch Pancakes

You will need

150g plain flour sifted 
50g golden caster sugar 
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 
284ml tub buttermilk 
1 egg, beaten 
Unsalted butter, for frying 
2 small bananas, sliced

For the Butterscotch sauce

75g unsalted butter 
75g golden caster sugar 
100ml double cream, plus extra to serve 
½ tsp vanilla bean paste 
¼ tsp flaky sea salt


    1. Mix the flour, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl with a pinch of salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk and egg, whisk together until smooth, then set aside for 30 minutes.

    2. For the butterscotch sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over a medium heat, then add the sugar and allow to dissolve. Simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly, until golden. Take off the heat and stir in the cream, vanilla and salt.

    3. Heat a large frying pan over a medium-low heat. Melt a knob of butter, then add a small ladleful of the batter and spread to a circle roughly 12cm in diameter – cook 2-3 at once, if possible. Flip after 2-3 minutes when bubbles appear, then cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat to make about 8 pancakes. Stack onto plates, top with the banana and spoon over the warm butterscotch sauce. Serve with whipped cream too, if liked. 

    Cook’s tip

    Don’t worry if the butter and sugar look separated as they melt and simmer, as the sauce will come together when you add the cream. 

    Recipe and image courtesy of Waitrose & Partners