Want to be Mom’s Favorite Kid? Take Chef Chris' Advice to Impress her with Mother's Day Breakfast

May 11th, 2018

Sunday is Mother’s Day, so we asked JPS Executive Chef Chris Gilbert for an easy-to-make, sure-to-please recipe to surprise your mom – or your significant other – with breakfast in bed on her special day.

“Growing up, my dad always made a baked pancake for my mom on Mother’s Day,” Gilbert said of the inspiration for the dish, baked banana brulee pancakes. “He did the prep work and we got to decorate them with the fruit, cut them, stack them and top them just for Mom on her special day.”

Now that he’s a grown up, not to mention a professional, Gilbert said he’s gotten a little bit fancier than when he was helping his dad. But he insists these instructions are a breeze.

“Being a chef, I dressed this up a little but is still the same basic kid friendly fun,” Gilbert said. “This is a super simple recipe for any dad -- even one that does not do a lot of cooking. This is a great project for the kids to help with and it will wow mom. A stack topped with banana pudding and some whipped cream make for a decadent start to her special day.”


Simple Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed


Baked Banana Brulee Pancakes, Serves 4-6


Here’s your shopping list:

  • Cooking spray
  • 3 1/2 cups complete buttermilk pancake mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sliced bananas (You can use other fruit if you prefer it over bananas. Just be sure to put it on in a thin layer so it cooks quickly)
  • ½ cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 2 cups of Banana Pudding
  • 1 cup Whipped Topping


Here’s how you make them:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Cover an 11x17-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; grease with cooking spray.
  2. Stir buttermilk pancake mix and water together in a bowl. Let the batter stand for about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into the prepared pan, spreading to the corners. Place sliced bananas (or other fruit) on top, covering as much of the batter as you can.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until light golden brown and set, about 15 minutes. Remove it from the oven.
  5. Sprinkle sugar over the top of the pancake in an even layer.
  6. Using a Brulee Torch, brown the top of the pancake. If you do not have a Brulee torch then set oven rack about 4-6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.  Cook until the top of the banana turn a medium golden brown and all the sugar has melted.  Warning: You must watch this closely to keep it from over-cooking!
  7. Remove from oven. Cool for 2-4 minutes. Let the sugar set to a hard stage.
  8. Let the kids slice the pancake with cookie cutters and make a stack  
  9. Top with banana pudding and whipped topping
  10. Serve to mom on her special day.

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