Caramel Pecan Cream Cheese Pancakes… and the bananas are optional ;)

Posted on January 22, 2009 
Filed Under Breakfasts

Other than the desserts and cookies, THIS recipe would have to be one of the best dishes on this site. And it’s easy to make it a nice presentation too.

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The last time I was at a Bob Evans restaurant for breakfast, I was looking at the menu and, as usual, everything was grabbing me. I always have that problem at restaurants. Sometimes it’s so bad that after we’ve ordered and are waiting for our food, I forget which one of the 5 things I couldn’t decide between that I actually ended up ordering. Anyway, when I saw these pancakes on the menu, the decision-making was OVER.

To make a long story short, I got hungry for these and decided to do a search to see if there was a recipe online. I found one at Meemo’s Kitchen …this cooking blog has alot of recipes from restaurants on it! 

I didn’t do any short cuts, in fact there are 3 recipes within this recipe! So, this is REALLY from scratch! 😉

Caramel Pecan Banana Cream Cheese Pancakes …I think Bob Evans’ and Meemo’s name for them was a little different, but mine aren’t EXACTLY the same, so I’ll name them this.

Printable recipe for now.

2 cups vanilla pudding
2 cups (or 2 8 oz pkgs) cream cheese

Pancake batter

2 Tbsp. honey-roasted pecans

1 banana, sliced (So far, in talking about this recipe to my friends, there’s been some opposition to the bananas… you know who you are! 😉 They (the bananas) could easily be left out and it would not take away from the quality at all.) 

Caramel sauce

Powdered sugar

Whipped topping

I very seldom use instant vanilla pudding. Instead, I use the filling recipe that I use in peanut butter pie. I grew up with homemade pudding like that and there is just no other pudding that compares to it. So, I made this pudding, measured out 1 cup, added an 8 oz block of softened cream cheese, and whisked the mixture till smooth.
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For the pancake batter, I used my regular pancake recipe here.

For the honey-roasted pecans, I took regular pecans, tossed them with some honey (approx 1/2 cup pecans w\ 1 Tbsp. of honey) and baked them at 350 for about 15 min.
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For the caramel sauce, I put 1 cup of sugar in a kettle (dry). Stir over medium heat and eventually it turns to a tan liquid! I should’ve timed it, I’d say it took maybe 7-10 minutes. After it’s all liquid, add 6 Tbsp. butter and stir.
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Remove from the heat and slowly stir in 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. Whisk till smooth. Pour into a different container to cool. Note: That sugar is easy to burn! I made the caramel sauce twice because the first time, I stirred it intermittently while doing other stuff and burned it a little. I didn’t know it was burned till I tasted it, it wasn’t bad, it just had a tiny bit of a burnt flavor. The second time, it turned out perfect and was actually a shade lighter in color.

Now, the fun part… we’ve got it all ready to go here:

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Pour batter into the frying pan like usual. I always do 3 pancakes in my frying pan because that’s what fits the best. So, instead of a stack of 2 big ones like Bob Evans does, I made a stack of 3 smaller ones. And yeah, sometimes they get too big and run together, so my pancakes don’t always turn out round. Put a few banana slices and some pecans on top.
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Flip pancakes as usual (and sometimes a banana slice may go flying off).
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When done, put a pancake, bottom side up, onto a plate.
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Spread a couple spoonfuls of the pudding mixture on top.
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Put another pancake on top.
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Spread some more pudding mixture on and drizzle with caramel.
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Put the 3rd pancake on top, drizzle with more caramel, sprinkle with powdered sugar,
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…and add a dollop of whipped topping.
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Mmmmm, I can’t tell you how good this is! And it’s very filling too! I didn’t even eat lunch.

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You’ve gotta try this! If it looks too complicated, you could buy caramel sauce, use regular pecans, and use instant pudding. But, it’s so worth it to do it from scratch, especially the pudding!!!! (In my mind, I’m adding about 20 more exclamation marks about the pudding.)

Comments

27 Responses to “Caramel Pecan Cream Cheese Pancakes… and the bananas are optional ;)”

  1. Shannon on January 22nd, 2009 4:09 pm

    Oh my word, these look so good. I think yours look better then then the other ladys. :) I’m gonna try them sometime, I really am. :)

  2. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary on January 22nd, 2009 4:53 pm

    Wow, that could be a dessert!

  3. Doris High on January 22nd, 2009 7:18 pm

    I should not have showed this entry to my husband! :) That looks delicious.

  4. Doris High on January 22nd, 2009 7:20 pm

    shown! Where is edit when I need it. :)

  5. Bobbi on January 22nd, 2009 7:27 pm

    They look so good. I wish I had everything I needed for tomorrow morning.

  6. Rosalyn on January 22nd, 2009 8:04 pm

    I think I need to try these sometime! 😉 Thanks for sharing!! :)

  7. Monica on January 23rd, 2009 7:39 am

    Those look soooo yummy!! I am going to try them!! Now, all I need is a recipe for Bob Evans Cinnamon Pancakes and I’m all set–those are my husbands favorite!! :)

  8. Mary Faith on January 23rd, 2009 9:37 am

    I want to print this recipe. Didn’t there used to be a “printable version” link? I can do a bunch of copy/paste… I don’t want to print all the pics. :)
    This looks awesome by the way. I definitely want to try them!

  9. Kay on January 23rd, 2009 9:43 am

    Uh, yeah, Mary Faith. I’ve sorta fallen by the wayside in the printable recipe department. I’ll get one up there within an hour (if no emergencies come up). Gotta help my kids get their snow stuff on to go outside first. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  10. Joanna on January 23rd, 2009 8:34 pm

    Soooooooooo…….how many calories per serving? Do I want to know?
    I am drooling over these but trying to forget about them at the same time. Maybe they can be my reward after the first 10 pounds come off…

  11. Joanna on January 23rd, 2009 8:35 pm

    And definitely NO bananas!

  12. Jo on January 23rd, 2009 8:36 pm

    Just now noticed that my full name is on those ^^^ two comments. So you know it’s me & not the other one, I changed it. :-)

  13. Kay on January 23rd, 2009 10:01 pm

    Uh, no, Jo, you don’t want to know how many calories per serving! I was very surprised! :( BUT, it is SO worth it to splurge once in awhile on these. 😉

  14. Christy on January 23rd, 2009 10:06 pm

    These look absolutely scrumptions, but sound like too much work. May I just come over for brunch on Monday?

  15. Donna-FFW on January 23rd, 2009 10:33 pm

    Amazing is the best word I can use to describe how these look. Sinfully delicious! Special occasion pancakes for sure.

  16. Beth on January 24th, 2009 4:41 pm

    OMW, Kay! I am printing this recipe! It looks like something excellent for supper at our house. So I’m definitely printing this! 15 exclamation marks. :)

  17. Katrina on January 27th, 2009 2:31 pm

    Those look divine!

  18. janae on January 27th, 2009 2:34 pm

    m-m-m—i think i’ll try some someday!!or do you serve breakfasts??

  19. Charlene on January 27th, 2009 3:31 pm

    I think you really need to post how many calories….
    It looks simply delicious and also looks like it would be a NO NO for my diet

  20. Rachel on January 29th, 2009 2:53 pm

    Wow, those look WAY too good. And I think the bananas would go with it perfectly.

    I think I’ll save trying this for a special occasion. It sure looks like a ‘special’ kind of breakfast!

  21. Anne on February 28th, 2009 1:17 pm

    I made these one snowy day when hubby didn’t go to work! What a fun treat! Thanks for all the great ideas….

  22. Lorrie on March 29th, 2009 7:27 pm

    Oh my word! This is so going to make me go off my diet! But it will be worth it.

  23. Kimberly Bates on June 11th, 2009 4:28 pm

    Hi,

    I made these for dinner last night and everyone loved them. My husband who normally doesn’t like pancakes, loved them and had seconds. My kids liked them to, even my 4 year old had seconds. And she hardly ever finishes a plate let alone have seconds of anything:) I will be trying other recipes on your website sometime next week.

    Thanks for sharing!

  24. sabrina on February 15th, 2010 7:49 am

    ya these are delicouse my mom made these but when she made them i dont think she used puddin and she cooked the pecans in with the sauce and just poured them over top the pancakes alog with the sauce……..which were delicouse! and she only made a two stack but of course she was feedin all kids so yeah but they were delicouse even if yer not a big pancake fan .youll love this if your makin a big breakfast i also recommend these pancakes there delicouse :)

  25. chilady0923 on March 23rd, 2010 9:19 pm

    OMG! I tried these tonight for dinner. I had seen the Bob Evans version online and have been dreaming about them. I did use this reciipe but to make more calorie and sugar free diet friendly, I adapted the recipe. The kids loved them. Here are my changes:

    1. Instead of vanilla pudding I used Sugar Free, Fat Free Banana Cream Pudding

    2. I used Fat Free Cream Cheese (To get the smooth consistency I blended with vanilla pudding mix and milk in the blender)

    3. I used glazed walnuts(my preference over pecans)

    4. I used Smucker’s Sugar Free Caramel Topping

    5. I made a Splenda/cornstarch version of the powered sugar (1/4 cup of splenda with 2 tbsp of cornstarch put in food processor and ground until the right consistency)

    6. I made whole wheat pancakes using whole wheat pastry flour and added a tsp of vanilla for flavor

    7. For the kids, there were some changes: daughter had bananas, chocolate chips and a chocolate sauce; son’s friend had bananas only; other daughter had sliced strawberries with strawberry topping

    The total calories for 3-4inch or 2 5 1/2 inch pancakes is 584. As I said, the kids made me fix theirs and they loved it. I couldn’t finish mine.

  26. subhie on April 10th, 2010 2:10 pm

    wow..this look so…good..any had try this combo..wth pecan..a must give try one….thx for sharing!

  27. Alicia on May 17th, 2014 12:25 pm

    I have the pecans baking now. I’m so excited, I’m surprising my fiancé with these this morning. I used butterscotch instant pudding and pre-made Carmel topping, but I’m using my IHOP harvest grain pancake recipe. Thanks for the recipe!

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