Monday, October 27, 2014

Espresso Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Espresso Chocolate Chip Pancakes 2

Today is a public holiday in New Zealand.  Not only does Labour Day commemorate the struggle for an eight-hour working day, but here it's also the day that really kicks off summer.  We are normally blessed with a hot sunny day on which everyone flocks to the beach and gets a nasty dose of sunburn, because somehow in our collective winter stupor we've forgotten about the great big hole in the ozone layer over New Zealand.  It's the day on which it is usually considered any risk of frost has passed and it is safe to plant tomatoes - we threw caution to the wind and planted ours last weekend.  No frost came, the sky didn't fall, the tomatoes appear to be thriving.

Unlike Labour Days passed, today is cool and breezy, low cloud is clinging to the hills around us, and rather than feeling the urge to flock to the beach, it felt more like a day for a late sleep-in, curl up on the sofa with a couple of movies, and enjoy a leisurely brunch.  A leisurely brunch in fact of espresso, chocolate chip pancakes, with a side of honey-roasted pineapple and yoghurt, and extra coffee.  Now I've got your attention, haven't I?!

It's Secret Recipe Club reveal day, and I can now tell you that my assigned blogger this month was the lovely Emily at Life on Food.  Having been born in Iowa, grown up in Georgia and Maine, Emily now lives in Connecticut with her husband, who also shares her passion for food and cooking.  Emily has a major in economics and works as a building consultant with colleges and universities.

Until this morning I wasn't hundred percent sure which one of Emily's many dishes I was going to make.  Emily has been blogging since 2009, and churning out on average around 300 posts a year, she gives new meaning to the word prolific.  That's a whole lot of dishes to choose from - just settling on a short list was pretty hard, let alone choosing just one.  My short list included New England Clam Chowder (although I'm not sharing that with you today, I will definitely be making this sometime soon), Lamb Meatballs with Toasted Orzo (this just reminds me of sunshine and Greek holidays), Cinnamon Rolls, and Shrimp Thai Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

But in the end, today is unquestionably a day for pancakes, and I love the "grown-up-ness" of Emily's Coffee Chocolate Chip Pancakes.  These are pancakes you make for a couple of lazy adults who just want to swan around for the day, not the ones you whip up for the kids before they rush out the door to sports day.  Emily's pancakes used instant coffee powder, but as we never have instant coffee around here, I brewed a double shot of espresso instead.  I didn't have any chocolate chips on hand either, so I subbed in some cacao nibs.  I think the slightly "bitter" flavour is another element that elevates these pancakes to grown up status. The main "liquid" ingredient in the batter is yoghurt, but I found, once I'd mixed up my batter, that it was very thick - I think this was probably because I only have very thick Greek-style yoghurt rather than a more "runny" variety, so I ended up having to add about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of milk to loosen the batter to the right consistency.  Use what you have and adjust accordingly.  The coffee flavour in these pancakes is not overt - it just adds that certain "je ne sais quoi" that gives a depth of flavour and leaves you wondering what it is.  Someone around here who hates coffee with a passion, thought they tasted pretty good - when he asked me what was in them, I said it was zucchini - never, ever would I let on that it was coffee.  Hopefully my secret is safe with all of you out there.

I served these pancakes with a side of this Honey Roasted Pineapple and a dollop of natural yoghurt.  It only takes a moment to prepare, and it takes care of itself in the oven while you cook the pancakes.  The vanilla and cinnamon perfumed honey and pineapple sauce hit just the right flavour notes drizzled over the pancakes, but if you just want the pancakes straight up maple syrup, or even just a generous knob of butter, would be perfect.

Espresso Chocolate Chip Pancakes 1

Espresso Chocolate Chip Pancakes Recipe
Adapted slightly from this recipe
from Life on Food

1 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
double shot of freshly brewed espresso, cooled
1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
1 egg
1 cup natural yoghurt
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk, as necessary
1/3 cup cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
extra butter for frying

Sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda into a medium-sized bowl.  Add sugar and salt and mix to combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together espresso, melted butter, egg and yoghurt, until everything is well combined.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.  Add the yoghurt mixture, and mix until only just combined.  Thin with milk if necessary.  Fold in the cacao nibs.

Place a non-stick frypan over medium heat and add a small knob of butter.  As soon as butter is sizzling, add spoonfuls of the batter to the pan.  Cook for two to three minutes before flipping, and cook for a further two to three minutes on the other side.  Remove to a warm place and continue until all the batter has been cooked.

Serve immediately.

Hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did, and visit the links below to check out all the other great dishes my Secret Recipe Club friends made.


Secret Recipe Club is a way to not only find, but share new blogs.  Each month, one member is assigned to another member from their group "secretly" (hence the name).  That person selects a recipe (or more) to make, photograph, and then will draft up a blog post.  Everyone in the group posts on the same Monday together and gets to see who had their blog and what recipe(s) they chose.  It's such a fun experience and it's a great way to get new followers, too.  There are always new blogs to discover and our club has plenty to offer!  If you are a food blogger and interested in joining the Secret Recipe Club, be sure to check out the Join SRC page.







44 comments:

  1. We are tearing our tomato plants our and you have planted yours. PERFECT!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Seems so strange, doesn't it Dorothy?! Labour weekend is the traditional planting time in New Zealand, and we normally always seem to be running a couple of weeks late at our house, so feel pretty pleased to have jumped the gun a little this year.

      Delete
  2. Great Secret Recipe Club pick!! Looks delicious! Lynn

    ReplyDelete
  3. These sound delicious! Perfect for a holiday weekend! It's funny to me to think that summer is just beginning over there on the other side of the world! ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jess - these definitely have a "holiday weekend" feel to them. It actually made quite a big batch (more than we could eat), so I've managed to stash a few in the freezer for another lazy Sunday morning.

      Delete
  4. Espresso in breakfast pancakes..you can't beat the combination, can you? They look mouthwatering!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Angie - actually espresso in just about anything is pretty good, but definitely a winner in pancakes :-)

      Delete
  5. Replies
    1. Sue, my fantasy would be someone to make it for me, but I guess you can't have everything :-)

      Delete
  6. I like the idea of curling up on the couch and enjoying the holiday. The pancakes are the perfect accompaniment.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too, Karen - if only we had more long weekends to do just that :-)

      Delete
  7. Looks delicious Sue. Sounds strange for you to just be getting into summer when we are starting fall here. I need to work that out to maybe avoid winter all together.

    M.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Madonna. I'd love to be able to avoid winter completely too - if only I could afford to escape to the south of France or the Greek islands every winter, I would be very happy.

      Delete
  8. With so many recipes I forget about some of them...including this one. Glad you liked it. The clam chowder however is a regular during the winter and we just had some this weekend. Happy Reveal Day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I loved it, Emily, and I will definitely be trying the clam chowder. I'm so glad I got to feature a recipe from your blog xo

      Delete
  9. I am soooo jealous that you are welcoming summer, whereas I am headed for meteorological torture... (sigh)

    great choice for your assignment this month!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sally, that's a great way of describing the long winter months ahead - definitely sums up the way I always feel about it. I'm trying not to be too gleeful about the joys of summer just around the corner.

      Delete
  10. These look fantastic! I've never done coffee IN pancakes - just usually WITH! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like to double dip, Rebekah - coffee in the pancakes AND alongside them :-)

      Delete
  11. Enjoy your summer, we are gearing up for the cold here in Michigan, USA and these pancakes sound like the perfect breakfast for a blustery day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Wendy, and I guess when you say you are gearing up the cold, it probably gets way colder in Michigan than I can even imagine. Thankfully we have a pretty temperate climate here, because I am such a "sook" about the cold.

      Delete
  12. A great way to start, lunch or end the day. Catherine

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're so right, Catherine - these would be especially good for those occasions when you feel like breakfast for dinner!!

      Delete
  13. Chocolate chip pancakes! yum! And a long weekend. The UK really needs a long weekend at this time of year - there is nothing between late August and Christmas.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I understand that completely Alicia. We have a big long spell from Queen's Birthday Weekend at the beginning of June to Labour Weekend at the end of October without a break. It really makes winter feel so long and bleak.

      Delete
  14. Happy summer to you! These pancakes are perfect for curling up on the couch anytime of year :-) Definitely making!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Replies
    1. Thanks, Nicole, and thanks for stopping by :-)

      Delete
  16. These are great for helping to get going in the morning...great SRC pick!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The only thing better than pancakes to get going in the morning is coffee - put them both together and you've got a real kick start to the day :-)

      Delete
  17. I wish the hubs like sweets for breakfast. These looks so tasty!! Maybe I'll whip up a batch and freeze for weekday breakfast.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I understand completely, Christie. The other person around here is not fussed on sweet things for breakfast either, but he did eat a small amount of these pancakes and quite liked them. But I did freeze several of them, for quick and easy breakfasts for me.

      Delete
  18. Hi Sue, love these pancakes, great recipe pick!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Cheri - I'd share them with you if I could :-)

      Delete
  19. What a perfect breakfast for a weekend morning! Great choice this month :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Melissa. Wish I could spend every morning like this actually, instead of my oft times habit of scarfing down something grabbed from the fruit bowl on the way out the door.

      Delete
  20. Yum, these look delicious! I am jealous that your tomato season is just starting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Tara. I know that jealous feeling - I've been facing it for the last six months :-)

      Delete
  21. Wow, you had a ton of recipes to choose from this month! It looks like you chose a perfect one - those pancakes look DIVINE! Yum!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Great pick this month. Love pancakes like this. the chocolate chips win me over.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I love hearing from you and your comments are like gold to me. Your comment will be visible as soon as it has been approved.