Butter or cooking spray for the skillet or griddle
Line a sheet pan with foil. Make sure the foil covers the edge so you catch all the grease. Makes for easy cleanup.
Lay 3-4 pieces of thick-cut bacon on the pan.
Put the baking pan with bacon in a COLD oven.
Set the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees (204 celcius)
Bake for about 18 minutes. Every oven is different and the thickness of the bacon affects the bake time.
Once baked, remove from baking pan to cool on a paper towel.
Once cooled, mince bacon into tiny pieces. The smaller pieces mix better into the batter. It’s perfect if you can get a little bit of what I call ‘bacon salt’. This is when your bacon has rendered the fat so well that when minced it almost leaves a salt or dust behind.
Coarsely chop the pecans and set aside.
Mash the banana until it forms a thick liquid with few lumps. Add in the sugar and ricotta until mixed well.
Mix the eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk together.
Incorporate all of the wet ingredients together and set aside.
Hold off on adding the milk until AFTER the wet and dry ingredients have been combined.
Mix the flours and cornmeal together until combined.
Add the salt and baking powder and mix into flour blend.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients together. If you need a little more moisture to thin the batter a bit, add a tablespoon of milk or two.
Mix in the chopped pecans and minced bacon.
Set all of the combined ingredients aside for 10 minutes before cooking.
Cooking the Banana Bacon Pecan Pancakes
Use about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake
Cook on low to medium heat until golden brown. It also allows the pancakes to rise.
Pancakes cook for about 3 minutes on each side. It all depends on your pan, how high your heat is, etc.
Mix all the wet ingredients together to form a luscious mixture before you add to the dry ingredients. By incorporating all of the wet ingredients together, you get better distribution of flavor.Letting the batter sit for 10 minutes allows the cornmeal and flours to absorb all the flavors.Cooking the pancakes on low to medium heat allows the time needed for all of the ingredients to cook all the way through.