Looking to start this Valentines Day off sharing the love? These divine pancakes that are sure to please your honey…’cause as they say …”the way to a man’s heart ♥ is through his stomach”, and this delish breakfast will have him coming home early from the office! For a fun twist you could always make these heart shaped for the kids to surprise them with delight as you celebrate the ones you love this day!
For the Chocolate Espresso Pancakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large eggs, *separated (separating is optional, but will give a lighter texture and keep the pancakes from being too rich—although true chocoholics won’t mind the richness)
- 1 & 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee-leave out if your kids have not developed a taste for coffee ;P
- 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur, optional-leave this out too unless you want to put them to bed a bit early…(just joking)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Raspberry Coulis
- 2 & 1/2 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- freshly whipped cream
- vanilla ice cream
- a few sprigs of mint
- fresh raspberries
Putting It All Together
In a large mixing bowl, sift together first 6 pancake ingredients; stir in orange zest and chocolate chips. In a separate bowl combine butter, egg (*yolks), buttermilk, espresso, vanilla and liqueur; whisk well. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Do not over-mix. In a clean bowl, whip *egg whites until fluffy. Gently fold egg whites into batter, taking care not to deflate the whites (do not fully incorporate whites into batter, some streaking is okay). Heat a well-seasoned, cast-iron skillet or griddle to medium.
Meanwhile, combine raspberries, sugar and lemon juice in a blender; blend until smooth. Pour coulis through a fine, wire mesh strainer, pushing mixture against the bottom and sides with a rubber spatula until all of the liquid runs through and nothing but seeds remain (discard raspberry seeds). Brush a thin layer of butter on hot skillet or griddle. Using a 1/3-cup scoop (a measuring cup or ice-cream scoop work well here), portion out each pancake and pour onto griddle. When pancake edges begin to set, gently flip each pancake and cook for another minute or so, until edges are set all the way around; take care not to overcook the pancakes (you may want to test 1 or 2 before cooking too many at once).
When cooked, serve pancakes with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if desired, topping all with raspberry coulis. If desired, garnish with a sprig of mint and additional fresh raspberries.
Yield: approximately 12 pancakes
A “Best of” Inn Cuisine, recipe courtesy Strawberry Creek Inn B&B
Happy Valentines Day from The Laundry Moms!
We wish you and your family a happy home full of love!♥