Friday, August 23, 2013

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I was tired of oatmeal.

As a kid, I used to make these all the time for Saturday breakfast, since I was usually the first one up.  I had a Disney kid's cookbook with a recipe that produced edible, if not fantastic, chocolate pancakes.  I'd love to get a copy, but they've been out of print for years.  While the link shows that Amazon has them, I'm not sure of the quality of the used ones.  The ones on Ebay average $20, which is way more than I'm going to pay for a kids' cookbook.  As a bit of satisfaction, no one is bidding on them at that price.  I don't care what an item is "worth", it's only worth what people are willing to pay for it.

Back on topic, this is just the Bible's pancake recipe with a little less milk and some cocoa powder and chips in it.

1-1/4 C flour
2 Tb sugar
2 Tb cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 C milk
vegetable oil as needed
*1/2 C chocolate chips

1.  Combine dry ingredients (minus chips) in a bowl.  In another bowl, beat together egg, milk, and 3 Tbsp oil.  Stir wet ingredients into dry until moist.  Let sit about ten minutes, then stir again to remove remaining large lumps.  Small lumps are acceptable.  If too thick to pour, add a little more milk.

2.  Heat a griddle over medium-high heat.  When hot, add about a tablespoon of oil and lightly coat pan.  Pour batter by tablespoons for small pancakes, or quarter cup for large.  When bottom has begun to set, about half a minute, sprinkle with several chocolate chips.  A little goes a long way.

3.  When bubbles stop breaking on the surface, flip pancakes to cook other side, about half a minute.  Remove to plate, re-oil pan, and go for another round.

4.  Serve hot with butter, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, or any topping of your choice.

Makes about 8 large pancakes or 20 small  (4 servings)

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