Double Chocolate Pancakes
Yield: 14 to 16 pancakes, each about 3 inches in diameter,
4 to 6 servings
Tips: Want to make Mom breakfast or dessert for Mother's
Day? If she likes chocolate, consider these pancakes. They're
wonderful served with butter, or dress them up by adding slightly
softened, good-quality vanilla ice cream; warmed hot fudge topping;
and thinly sliced fresh strawberries. These would be fun for
you don't have a nonstick griddle, you'll have to grease your
griddle with a small amount of butter before cooking each batch
of pancakes. Keep cooked pancakes warm on a heatproof plate
in a 200 degree F oven while you're waiting for the rest to
come off the griddle. Watch the heat under your griddle carefully
with these pancakes; if it's too high, they can burn.
cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. nonalkalized (not Dutch process) unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup plus 1 Tbsp. milk
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 egg, graded "large"
small bowl, sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder,
and salt. Add chocolate chips. With spoon, blend well.
small saucepan over low heat, combine milk and butter bits.
Stir often just until butter is melted; milk should be warm
but must not be hot. Remove from heat. With fork, beat egg to
combine; gradually beat in milk-butter mixture. All at once,
add liquid mixture to dry ingredients. Stir just until combined.
griddle (preferably nonstick) over medium heat until a few drops
of water scattered on it move around rapidly before evaporating.
Drop pancake batter onto heated griddle by rounded tablespoons
(not measuring tablespoons), spreading batter slightly as you
do so. Leave room between pancakes, as they will expand somewhat
during cooking. Cook only two pancakes in first batch. These
two will give you some indication of timing and whether your
heat is too high or too low.
pancakes carefully. As they cook, they will puff up and become
full of bubbles. When done, edges will appear set, and bubbles
that break on surface will no longer fill in with batter. This
should take anywhere from 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 minutes on the first
side. Flip pancakes over; cook until lightly browned on second
side, about 45 seconds to 1-1/2 minutes. Do not burn. Keep pancakes
that are done on heatproof plate in preheated 200 degree F oven
until all have been cooked.
pancakes hot, with butter or slightly softened vanilla ice cream/warmed
hot fudge topping/sliced fresh strawberries.
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