For orange butter
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ripe large banana
1/2 cup salted roasted Out Of Africa Macadamia nuts (2 1/2 oz), chopped Accompaniment: maple syrup
YIELD: Makes 15 (4-inch) pancakes
ACTIVE TIME: 30 min
TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Make orange butter:
Stir together all orange butter ingredients in a small bowl until combined well.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Cut banana into bits and fold into batter along with nuts. (Batter will be very thick.)
Brush a 12-inch nonstick skillet with some of the remaining tablespoon melted butter and heat over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 3, pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake into hot skillet and cook until bubbles appear on surface and undersides are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip pancakes with a spatula and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large plate and loosely cover with foil to keep warm, then make more pancakes, brushing skillet with butter for each batch.
Serve with orange butter.