Chocolate Pancakes

September 17, 2011 | By andrea | Filed in: Breakfast, Dessert, Kid-friendly, Recipes.

I made these chocolatey pancakes the other day for my youngest’s birthday breakfast. They’re fun, not too sweet, not too chocolatey (is there such a thing?). I cut down on the sugar (using 3/4 cup instead of 1 cup) and served them with some easy-to-make Raspberry-Strawberry Syrup instead of the chocolate sauce. The sweet-tart syrup was perfect with them. This would be a great Valentine’s Day breakfast or treat for anyone who loves chocolate! Enjoy! 

Chocolate Griddle Cakes
-recipe from Gourmet Magazine| January 2004

We recommend serving these griddle cakes with orange slices on the side. Makes 4 dessert or brunch servings.

Active time: 45 min Start to finish: 45 min

For sauce:
1 cup heavy cream
7 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped

For griddle cakes:
1/2 cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 whole large eggs
1 large egg yolk
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
Unsalted butter for greasing griddle

Make sauce: Bring cream to a boil in a 1-quart saucepan, then pour hot cream over chocolate in a bowl, gently whisking until smooth. Keep warm or at room temperature.

Make griddle cakes: Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl, then whisk in eggs, yolk, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla until combined well.

Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over moderately low heat and lightly coat with butter.

Working in batches of 2 or 3, pour 1/4 cup batter per cake onto hot griddle and cook until bubbles appear on surface, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip cakes with a large spatula and cook until tops spring back when pressed gently, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with foil to keep warm. Add 1/2 teaspoon butter to griddle between batches.

Serve cakes in stacks, topped with chocolate sauce (or berry syrup).

2 twists to try from
-For a Breakfast Treat – cut the rich flavor of the cakes with slices of oranges, strawberries, or raspberries.
-For a Kid’s Party – top with your favorite ice cream flavors.

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