Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Chocolate Pancakes

Delicious Chocolate Pancakes

Well hello! It’s been awhile, I know! I did not forget about you but, I was kind of forced into a short hiatus.

It all started last August, while I was preparing to host a luncheon for my neighborhood Bunco group. Instead of making my Sangria punch, I wound up in the hospital ER. After numerous tests, I was diagnosed with Endometrial cancer. To say the least, I was greatly surprised. I was the picture of good health. I walked several miles a day, ate healthy, never smoked, visited my doctor yearly. Pap smears…yep. How did this happen? My doctor told me cancer is indiscriminate, and this type is sneaky! I was lucky it actually reared it’s ugly head when it did, so that I could be treated appropriately. I am almost done with my treatments and am cancer free! It’s time to come back!  
To all of you who have sent notes, left messages or e-mailed me, thank you for your concern. I truly appreciated it! I have missed all of you, and can’t wait to start visiting you again.


If you love chocolate, you will love the deep, rich flavor of these

On to the recipe! I haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking however, breakfast foods are one of my favorites.  I can always find time and energy to rustle up a nice breakfast! These pancakes have moved into my BEST LOVED category! Who doesn’t love pancakes, or chocolate for that matter? In my house both are winners! When I heard someone talking about making Chocolate Pancakes, I had to learn more.  After a few tries, I found perfection!  Are these just for breakfast, or brunch? I think they would make a great dessert. Think whipped cream, berries, and maybe some chocolate syrup. Yes!!

They are easy to put together, too! Mix the wet ingredients together, then whisk the dry ingredients together…now combine both. That’s it! I used a good dark Dutch cocoa powder.  Dutch process cocoa powder is also called “alkalized" or "European style". It has a smoother, more mellow flavor that’s often associated with more earthy notes.

These are the treats grandmas are known for. I can’t wait to make them for my grands! There are so many ways to top them, maybe some whipped cream, strawberries or raspberries mixed with bananas, sprinkled with powered sugar, raspberry or strawberry syrup…oh the possibilities are endless!! I served mine with sliced bananas and powdered sugar! Yum!!  The chocolate is deep and rich tasting! You really want to give these a try! A perfect treat to welcome in the New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a healthy one!


Heavenly!

Chocolate Pancakes

Ingredients:
4 servings

            
1 cup all-purpose flour
            
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used dark Dutch cocoa)
            
¼ cup white sugar
            
½ teaspoon salt                                                                                                                   
            ½ teaspoon baking soda, or 1½ teaspoon baking powder if using Dutch cocoa  
            
1 egg, at room temperature
            
1 cup milk
            
½ teaspoon vanilla
            
2 tablespoons melted butter
            
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)
            Powdered sugar for serving
             
Directions:                 
      Prep time 5 minutes
         Cook 
time 8 minutes
    
Whisk flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl. Beat eggs, milk, and vanilla in another bowl; mix in the melted butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter on griddle and cook until bubbles pop in the center of the pancake, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip, and cook an additional minute on the opposite side.

To Serve sprinkle with powdered sugar and add your favorite toppings

And here’s something I saw at Serious Eats…can't wait to give this a try next time I make these pancakes…sounds divine!

Chocolate Sauce
½ cup whole milk
5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In small saucepan, heat milk to just simmering. Add chocolate and whisk until smooth. Whisk in vanilla. Serve over pancakes.






8 comments:

  1. Kathy, GREAT to see you back and I am so happy to know that you are on the mend. Delicious pancakes!
    Happy New Year!
    Angie

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  2. I am THRILLED to "see" you back and on the mend Kathy!!!

    These Chocolate Pancakes of yours look absolutely heavenly! I love the notion of whipped cream and chocolate syrup on top. Dessert heaven!!!

    I think I'll save this recipe for when the grandkids visit. (So pinning:) They will LOVE it!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy. Please take care of yourself. Keeping you in our prayers:) Wishing You and Yours a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!!!

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  3. Kathy, I had no idea! Glad to hear your treatments have been going well. Here's to a healthy and happy 2016 for you and your family. These pancakes look devine.

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  4. Kathy - when bloggers disappear, I just assume they got busy with life! I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but I am so glad you are on the mend and cancer free! The pancakes look great, and Mark and I wish you a very happy and HEALTHY 2016.

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  5. Dear Kathy, I had no idea either! I am sending you tons of get-well wishes and all the very best for a Happy and Healthy 2016! Is there anything I can send to you from around here that would make you happy? Please let me know if there is anything that strikes your fancy...
    All the very best and please do not hesitate to let me know about a little "feel good" gift for you!
    Andrea

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  6. Hi Kathy, When I started to read your Post, I took a minute to get up, pour myself a glass of cabernet and sit down to read about my friend, Kathy. All your news sounds great and hopeful. I am happy you are almost through the aggressive treatment and even happier to know it worked. These pancakes sound decadent. Emma and Clara would like them also. So would their Dad. Happy New Year, Kathy and Bill. It's time to leave 2015 behind.

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  7. So good to have you back Kathy! That must have been a terrible shock but I am glad to hear things are going well now. I am going to have to try this recipe before my girls go back to school--looks like perfect "just had my wisdom teeth out" food (maybe even for dinner)!

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  8. I'm so happy to hear that your treatment went well and so glad you can go back to the things you love, like treating your grandkids to delicious pancakes like these.

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