Forget any plans you had for that last minute gift you were going to buy Mom. She’ll pretend to love it but really that’s just not her style because your mother was from an entirely different generation and her idea of fashion is so different from yours so that gift will just end up stashed away on the top shelf of her closet and she may pull it out and wear it once (while trying to make it look worn) when you show up for the holidays … so my plan, make these for her instead. It’s the only gift Mom’s really care about, chocolate. Plus it goes back to what Mom always said growing up, she’d rather have something you made than something you bought, right? I want this for breakfast in my bed at 10:00 am on Sunday. Because I’m sleeping in because I’ve worked hard as a Mom and that’s my reward. So, I want to wake to these, in a tray, at the foot of my bed. That is my idea of a fairytale world, who needs prince charming when you got a heaping stack of these babies, scoot over handsome, you’re blocking my view of that chocolate sauce. I’m really joking, I love cooking and baking so I’m sure I will be making breakfast for myself on Mothers Day. The dishes however, yes Steve those are all yours (my husband somehow thinks he doesn’t have to give me special treatment, fancy gifts and extra love on mothers day because I’m not his Mom, I say that’s a rip off :).
No, I don’t eat breakfast like this very often, these are more of a dessert than a breakfast. But, for special occasions a heaping stack of chocolate pancakes covered with a decadent chocolate sauce and fresh fruit is basically a must, even for breakfast. These also could easily pass for a last minute birthday cake. You could have it ready and “frosted” in nearly 20 and no one needs to know you procrastinated, they’ll just think your awesome for doing something out of the ordinary. Enjoy (all you chocolate addicts – like myself)! And Happy Mothers Day ladies!
Chocolate Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce, Strawberries and Bananas
Yield: 12 pancakes
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup light-brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 3 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- butter for griddle , if needed
- fresh strawberry and banana slices
- 8 oz . chocolate chips (use what you prefer, milk chocolate, semi-sweet or bittersweet)
- 1 cup heavy cream
Preheat an electric griddle to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together granulated sugar and cocoa until well combined. Stir in light-brown sugar followed flour, baking soda and salt. Make a well in center of dry mixture and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together milk, buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and whisk to blend (don't overmix, batter should still have some lumps). Butter griddle if necessary, pour batter onto preheated griddle 1/4 cup at a time and slightly spread batter in a circular form outward (so the centers aren't so much thicker than edges) and allow to cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface, about 1 minute. Then carefully flip to pancake to opposite side and cook until done. Serve warm topped with chocolate sauce, strawberries and bananas.
For the chocolate sauce:
Place chocolate chips in a medium heat proof bowl. Bring heavy cream just to a gentle boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips and stir until chocolate has melted. Note that chocolate sauce will thicken as it cools, also if you want a thinner consistency you can add a few more tbsp hot cream. Reheat as needed in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy