One of our favourite pancake recipes especially for Shrove Tuesday (or as my students always called it Pancake Day) is for chocolate chip pancakes. Hey, if you’re going to feast (which Shrove Tuesday is meant to be), you might as well feast!
1 ½ cups flour
3 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 T. sugar
1 ¼ cups chocolate milk (note: if making regular pancakes simply use regular white milk and omit the chocolate chips)
3 T. butter, melted
chocolate chips (quantity to your preferences)
Instructions: Sift together the dry ingredients – yes it is important to sift in this recipe if you want lovely fluffy pancakes. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the remaining ingredients. Mix this together until smooth. Use about ¼ cup of batter for each pancake and cook them in a greased skillet or on a griddle over medium high heat. My mom always taught me to watch for little bubbles to form on the tops of the pancakes – when they were pretty much covered with little bubbles it was time to flip them over to brown the second side. (Why is it that almost everyone I know says that the first pancake they make out of any batch is always ruined? It’s like you need to get a “practice” one out of the way so you can get down to business!)
Want to make other variations? Use the plain milk and then add about a cup of fresh berries, chopped apples, or diced peaches or pineapple. You can also use about ¾ cup cooked crumbled bacon, ¼ cup chopped nuts, or a large banana, chopped. I have heard of more adventurous types even adding things like grated carrots or zucchini to them. I’ve even heard of some adding flaked crab meat to them!
Want to learn more about Shrove Tuesday? Check out my other blog Cyn’s Reality: http://cynsreality.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/shrove-tuesday/