Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Pancake

My family loves chocolate chip pancakes. After trying many different recipes, I came across this one, on the Food Network website. I'm sure it would be much easier, if I used Bisquick, but, quite honestly, this one is easy, too, and it tastes delicious. I'm all for food that is less processed, and this one definitely fits the bill. I use fat free milk, to soften the blow a little, and mini-chocolate chips, for more evenly dispersed chocolate. The end result is fluffy, rich, and delicious. The nice thing about these cakes, is that they are not overly sweet or rich. A perfect little breakfast, for a Sunday morning. Maya loves sharing them with Daddy. I even make enough for leftovers, which heat up perfectly, in the pop-toaster.

Make these when you want a chocolaty breakfast, to fill you up until a late lunch! 5 Bowls!

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Recipe Courtesy Gale Gand, “Butter Sugar Flour Eggs” by Gale Gand, Rick Tramonto, Julia Moskin, Clarkson N. Potter Publishers, 1999

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Serves: 24 pancakes

**This recipe halves very well!

* 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
* 1 cup whole, 2 percent fat, or 1 percent fat milk
* 1 1/4 cups flour
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 4 teaspoons baking powder
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 eggs
* 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, or less to taste
* Butter, for cooking


In a small saucepan, combine the butter and milk. Place over low heat just until warm and the butter is melted. Let cool slightly. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix well.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with a fork. Whisk in the milk mixture. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until barely blended. Add the chocolate chips and mix.

Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium heat. Add about 1 teaspoon of butter and melt until bubbly. Ladle 3 tablespoons of batter for each pancake onto the hot surface and cook until bubbly on the top and golden brown on the bottom. Turn and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 30 seconds more. Repeat until all the batter is used up. Serve hot.

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