Saturday, September 24, 2011

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I vowed to make chocolate chip pancakes last time...  Ok, maybe there's no written vow there but I did make a silent promise to myself that it would happen.  And it did... and they were delicious.

Did you know that if you click on the pictures they appear in a nice viewer that you can scroll through?  Thank you blogger!

Chocolate chip pancakes... they're healthy aren't they?  Oh sure, dark chocolate has antioxidants!  Gotta love an article from webMD titled 'dark chocolate is healthy chocolate.'  Thanks Doc!  And though these pancakes may appear large, it's all about scale.  The plates are small, so I'm throwing off perception with no point of reference.  I got mad skillz yo.

Last note, I was channeling the ever-delicious blondie, which is a vanilla/white brownie.  Oxymoronic, I know, but it's freakin fantastic.  The secret to a blondie is it's enriched with brown sugar instead of cocoa.  There, now you know.

2 Servings, about 4 small pancakes each.

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 TBS brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp mild oil (canola, avocado)
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup chocolate chips
Margarine and agave nectar (or maple syrup!) to top

1. Mix dry ingredients (including brown sugar) in a medium bowl.  I was using a 1/2 TBS measuring spoon so that's why there are six brown sugar balls. Heh...
2. Start heating up a frying pan over med heat. Mix in the wet and stir well.  Then fold in the chocolate chips.
3. For the first batch, keep the temp around med, maybe a smidgen lower.  You know when they're ready to flip (2-3 minutes) when they bubble up and look a bit drier around the edges and surface.
Like so:
4. Remove a pancake and top with a dab of margarine.
It's pictured with the agave but I wait until the end to drizzle the syrup (which you can sub the agave with).  That way it's not drowning in liquid sweetener.
Though they look burned, that's just the chocolate chips.  They are dark chocolate after all!
5. Admire your stack... and then drizzle with the looming agave or syrup.  Since it's dark chocolate it's nice to have a bit of extra sweetener.  Plus, unless it's a savory crepe, most pancakes warrant syrup!  YUM!
Not a bad picture, if I do say so myself... Not bad at all.  Again, one-woman show here to you don't see the awkward pose that was required to get this shot!

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