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American-Style Chocolate Pancakes

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October 16, 2014 / American / By
Nicola

Here at Eat The Globe, October has an American theme. Of course, an obvious choice would be to focus on big, greasy burgers and loaded chilli dogs. However, my thoughts took a slightly different turn: immediately I thought of breakfast! In Europe, pancakes are usually very thin - French crèpes are a perfect example. In contrast, American pancakes are totally different. They're thick, flavoursome and filling! For me, these thick pancakes were a great aspect of American food which isn't necessarily obvious.

However, it doesn't stop there. This week also marks National Chocolate Week - it'd be a shame not to mark it in some way! Other than a smear of chocolate spread, there has to be a better way to incoroprate chocolate into a pancake recipe - something more original and unusual. Luckily, I've had a recipe for chocolate pancakes languishing in my recipe book for years, so now is the perfect time to fish it out.

This recipe is all about a wonderful world where American food, pancakes and chocolate collide. Plus, it's another way to get away with having chocolate for breakfast!

Ingredients (to serve 4):

175g self-raising flour

25g cocoa powder

50g sugar

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

50g butter

2 eggs

250ml milk

oil for cooking (optional)

Method:

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and bicarb into a large bowl.

Melt the butter, and combine it with the eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Pour this mixture of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir everything well so that it is combined thoroughly.

Heat a frying pan to prepare to cook the pancakes. Either make sure you have a good quality non-stick frying pan (which is the best option), or if your pan isn't at its best then use a small amount of cooking oil.

Spoon some of the wet chocolate pancake mixture into the saucepan and allow it to cook for around a minute. As it cooks it should spread out slightly, into a nice round shape. After a minute, use a spatula (or similar implement) to flip the pancake. Leave it to cook on the other side for the same length of time. If you are using a large enough frying pan, you might be able to cook several pancakes at once - just make sure that you space them far enough apart that they don't touch!

It goes without saying that these chocolate pancakes are at their most delicious when they're eaten warm. If you're feeling really indulgent, add some cold ice cream or warm chocolate sauce to complete your meal which combines the best of chocolate and America!

'Chocolate Pancakes' by Sean Benham, via Flickr


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