banana and bacon bites

Photographer: Kurt
Serves 5

Here it is – well the miniature version – bite sized morsels, perfect for sharing with friends over a long leisurely brunch.  Banana, bacon and maple syrup are a classic sweet and savoury combination.  Enough said, short and sweet just like these little bites!


For the pikelets
1 egg
¼ cup caster sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
¾ to 1 cup milk
1 tbsp melted butter

Butter for frying
2 bananas
5 strips of bacon
250g tub of creme fraiche
Maple syrup
Ground cinnamon


1. Beat egg and sugar together until thick and pale. Sift flour with baking powder and salt.
2. Add sifted ingredients to the egg mixture, adding only enough milk to form a smooth batter. Finally, stir in the melted butter.
3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Coat the pan with butter, and cook teaspoons of batter in batches, for about 2 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface of each pikelet. Turn the pikelets over to brown the other side. Remove and keep warm under a folded tea towel.
4. Skin and cut the banana into 2.5 to 3cm slices, wrap half a strip of bacon around each piece of banana securing it with a toothpick.
5. Fry each piece until the bacon is nice and browned, and then place each bacon wrapped banana onto a pikelet. Carefully remove the toothpick.
6. Top with a quenelle of crème fraiche, drizzle a generous helping of maple syrup over the top, and a pinch of cinnamon to finish.