I've been meaning to make pancakes for a while, but November became quite expensive. From my brother's birthday, to a lot of other unplanned events that is making my credit card statements a little painful to look at.

With that being said, I became just a tad discouraged to make something from scratch. I went to Vons to make a quick run for groceries when I came across Krusteaz buttermilk pancake mix. I'm really curious about this, because for $2-$3, I can make this again for a few more breakfast/brunches. All I needed was to add water. At that point, I was sold. The batter was extremely easy to put together, literally. 1 cup of Krusteaz with 2/3's of cold water. I mixed the ingredients with a fork to not "over whisk" the batter. As mentioned on the box, it's okay that there are lumps, but not to over mix.

The batter made 3 pancakes, but you could easily divide it to 4 pancakes (I was only able to eat 2 out of 3).

I brûléed a banana to use as a topping. Just grab one firm, but ripe, banana. Peel, cut in half and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Stick it under the broiler until the top starts caramelizing. When this happens, keep your eyes on it because it will burn quick. Let your bananas sit out as you assemble your plate.

Layer pancakes with a slice of butter in between, top with your caramelized banana, toasted pecans, crispy bacon pieces, drizzle with pure maple syrup (or Aunt Jemimas because everyone loves Aunt Jemima) and top off with just a sprinkle of kosher salt. To make it taste like the holidays, sprinkle a little nutmeg and cinnamon.

Now, remember your pancakes it just a blank canvas. I happened to have pecans and bananas at home to throw on. If you have frozen fruit, you can make a quick compote to throw over these pancakes. The verdict with these pancakes are pretty straight forward. I would rather make my own. I love pancakes to be extremely fluffy and buttery which wasn't the case for the Krusteaz buttermilk pancake mix. But, was it easy? very. And sometimes you just need something quick and easy to make breakfast happen. The toppings however, made this feel very gourmet.

So have fun with this and don't stress too much on breakfast. This will still be a crowd pleaser, and everyone will think you made this from scratch. Because, bacon. And brûléed banana. Pecans? You totally win.

Let the holidays begin!