Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tbls sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or clabbered milk
3 tbls butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I only used 1/4)

chocolate chips, maybe a cup

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients quickly into the dry ingredients. Don't over beat. Give just enough quick strokes with a whisk to barely moisten the dry ingredients. Ignore small lumps. Preheat a griddle to medium, medium-high. Melt some butter on it and pour light 1/4 cups of the batter on. When bubbles start to form and break put on some chocolate chips then flip. Cook till done. Serve immediately.


I know I've mentioned before that I love pancakes. But what makes pancakes better? Chocolate, baby. Buttermilk helps too. But chocolate. I could bathe in chocolate chip pancakes. I wouldn't get clean, I suppose, but I would enjoy the hell out of it. Anyway, I believe this recipe is from The Joy of Cooking originally. All I did to it was cut the vanilla in half (I didn't want it to be too strong a flavor) and add the chocolate chips. It's a great recipe. The pancakes are tender, fluffy and very flavorful. They also freeze really well. Just wrap them tightly in some foil once they're fully cooled and toss them in the freezer. Then whenever you want some pancakes pull a couple out, microwave them for maybe twenty seconds or so and there you go. They aren't as good as they are fresh, obviously, but they are better than the boxed ones and the speed can't be beat. So here's how you do it.

First, you want to put your flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl. Whisk it up. Then in a separate bowl put your buttermilk (or clabbered milk), eggs, vanilla and melted butter.More whisking. Now dump the dry stuff into the wet stuff and whisk it just enough to moisten the flour. Little lumps are fine, they will cook out and if you over mix it the pancakes will be tough. And you don't want that. Now just pour some batter onto a preheated griddle. My griddle is pretty small (I think it's ten-twelve inches, but I can't find my tape measure so I don't know for sure) so I use light quarter cups. But if you have a bigger griddle or don't mind making only two pancakes at a time you can use more. Now here is a big pancake trick. You want to let them cook till bubbles start breaking. See this? You want to give it maybe ten more seconds after that point. I had what I thought was a good shot of exactly the time to flip, but it turned out to be blurry. And getting that crappy pic caused me to overcook one of them too. See the sacrifices I make for you guys? Heh. Anyway, when the bubbles start breaking you want to put the chocolate chips on and flip 'em. Then give them another thirty seconds or so (I usually rip a hole in one with a fork to see if they're done) and that's that. Plop them on a plate, cut out a wedge so people can see the chocolate, put some syrup on there and it's breakfast. Or dinner. Or a snack. Or whatever kind of excuse you can make for eating them.


tamilyn said...

C'mon-I need to know how big the griddle is. Now that I have typed that, it just sounds dirty-sorry.

I'm starving, you're posting breakfast. It's an evil plot I tell you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, those pancakes look so decadent! I need to make some right away!

Cate said...

I don't think you can go wrong with chocolate for breakfast.

kaje said...

I have found that the toaster is far superior to the microwave for reheating leftover pancakes. It recaptures some of the original crispiness. The chocolate chips might cause a mess in a standard toaster, so go with a toaster oven if you have one.

Despite my very yummy breakfast of homemade granola with yogurt & strawberries, I am seriously craving some pancakes right now...mmmm, pancakes...

Spryte said...

Ahahaha!! We both put up pancakes today! But mine are plain. Those look GREAT!!

Reeni said...

You must have esp because I have been wanting chocolate chip pancakes all week!! They look sweeeeet!

Anonymous said...

You are such a tempter...oh my, this is what I must now make for dinner. My kids will br happy about it.

vanillasugarblog said...

Buttermilk AND chocolate in a pancake? Hell yeah! Nice.

Joie de vivre said...

Chocolate for breakfast is one of the best reasons to eat both chocolate and breakfast.

Bob said...

tamilyn: Heh, once I find my tape measure I'll let you know. Just don't tell your husband. ;)

5 Star Foodie: Do it! Let me know how they turn out for you.

Cate: I couldn't agree more.

kaje: We actually just got a toaster, I'll have to see how it works. Some of the ones I froze I didn't put chips in.

Spryte: Great minds think alike. ;) Nothing wrong with plain pancakes!

Reeni: Heh, I'd give you some if I could. :)

noble pig: I aim to please. :D

Dawn: Thanks!

Joie: That is so true.

Tangled Noodle said...

Mmmmm . . . pancakes . . . with chocolate chips . . . I know what I'm having for my Sunday 'cakes!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! Once I made chocolate chocolate-chip pancakes for my daughter's friends the morning after a chocolate slumber party (everything's on my site), and you might think it was overkill, especially with the chocolate Moo syrup (TJs), but fact is...they were great.

The Duo Dishes said...

And a happy morning to you. If we could have a minion make pancakes for us every morning for breakfast, we would.

Kiezie said...

I so love pancakes and waffles. I want to eat them every day! And now you've added chocolate too? Shame!! :)

Unknown said...

yum! can I put some peanut butter in between each cake before I pour the syrup on? mmmmmm chocolate and peanut butter.

Bob said...

Tangled Noodle: Heh, once you see them you almost have to have them don't you? I'm the same way.

unconfidentialcook: Sounds good to me, I find it hard to have too much chocolate.

Duo: That would be so cool. And fattening. Heh.

ChefBliss: I could totally eat pancakes every day too. :)

Bob said...

Danielle: Yes. Yes you can. That would be fantastic.

Anonymous said...

I want breakfast all over again. Those look amazing!

Anonymous said...

I eat these as a snack and for breakfast, they look great. My mom used to make these for me, I'd look forward to them on weekend mornings growing up :).

Creative Classroom Core said...

These are a big time favourite of mine! Thanks so much for sharing the yummy recipe!

Hayley said...

Chocolate chip pancakes are my favorite breakfast food! My dad used to make them for us every Saturday morning...

Now, if ever I manage to get out somewhere for breakfast or at least brunch, I usually can't resist ordering some. I'll have to try that looks great.


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