Pumpkin Chocolate Pancakes #ChocolateParty

10.01.2012



I remember the times when pancakes were, well, just pancakes. You wen´t to a coffee shop or diner, ordered pancakes and got pancakes. Maybe buttermilk or even unspecified in it´s kind, they were unmistakable. And my most longed-for and anticipated breakfast. I didn´t eat them regularly since they are not common in this country, but they were a staple whenever we travelled to the US. One of the first things to do was eat pancakes with maple syrup.
Times are different now and though I have access to whatever pancake I want, I barely ever eat them. But I jumped at the idea of making them for this month´s Chocolate Party.


The ingredient is pumpkin, which should be combined with chocolate. So pumpkin chocolate pancakes it was, drenched in maple syrup, though not literally because I had to use syrup with maple extract. But the flavor was there and it was good. 
I already told you my fridge is stocked with pumpkin puree to bake as my imagination sees fit. It´s butternut squash really, but we´ll keep that a secret. Or I´ll tell you my secret, which is that I like butternut squash more than pumpkin. The horror, I know, to say that in the month of october.


I took a good pumpkin pancake recipe, one that separates the eggs, and the whites are whipped and added at the last time. The result is a stack of spongy pancakes that absorb the syrup like they should. I added a very good semi sweet chocolate to not only comply with this group, but also to make them almost a dessert. Because, the way I see it, if you´re not going to make traditional pancakes, the ones I told you at the beginning, you might as well go overboard.
These pancakes are exactly that. A sweet, syrupy, chocolaty, faintly orangy idea that should be eaten when the sweet tooth strikes. For me, it´s usually in the afternoon, totally separated from any other meal.


They were good, still warm, with the chocolate a bit melted. I suspect freezing them should work perfectly, to make once and enjoy the whole week, or month or whatever your pancake schedule allows. For me, and a friend I was with, that never happened. It turned out our pancake schedule consisted on six pancakes in twenty minutes. So much for the one who said she barely ate any pancakes now...


PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE PANCAKES 
barely adapted from Bon Appetit, November 2000 

Ingredients 1 ¼ (170g) cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoons cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups whole milk
¾ cup pumpkin puree

4 large eggs, separated 
¼ cup (55g) unsalted butter, melted
2 Tbs to ¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chunks
Maple syrup, for serving

Directions

In a bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a medium bowl mix milk, pumpkin puree, egg yolks and butter. In another bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks.
Add the pumpkin mix to the dry mixture and mix just until no streaks of flour remain. Add chocolate.
Add egg whites and mix gently with a spatula. It should be well incorporated but don´t overmix.
Heat a pancake skillet over medium heat. Brush with a bit of butter and cook pancakes, 1/3 cup of batter at a time. Cook on one side until bubbles form and bottom is brown. Flip and cook on the other side until browned. It should take between 1 to 2 minutes per side.
Stack pancakes on each plate and serve with maple syrup.





28 comments:

  1. Oh they look really delicious! For me pancakes are always PANCAKES, because I always make them myself :)

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  2. ah.. you know how much I adore the pumpkin and chocolate combination. These are so ment for me! :)

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  3. Pumpkin and chocolate? Sounds like the perfect autumn combination to me!

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  4. Paula, I am in LOVE with these pancakes! Your photos just enhance their scrumptiousness! PS: Loving your new blog design…just beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks Carol, it´s not ready yet. I´m changing over to self-hosting and the whole layout will be renovated!

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  5. One bite.... No one batch would not suffice :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. Hi Paula, now that pumpkins are making its appearence on markets I'll have to prepare these amazing pancakes. How original! BTW, here you have an award http://rhubarbandsamphire.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/the-liebster-award_1.html
    Hope you like it!

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    1. Thanks so much! Going over to check it out!

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  7. What fantastic pancakes, Paula! Can you please visit me and teach me how to take beautiful photos like yours? Everyone inspires me :)

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    1. Aren´t you the sweetest friend? I´m getting a new camera next week, can´t wait!

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  8. I would like to come to this pancake party!

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  9. This sounds like a wonderful combo! I love chocolate so I'm in!

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  10. I love your pumpkin chocolate pancakes, what a great idea for a special breakfast! I'm enjoying all the chocolate party recipes- isn't it amazing what unique ideas are coming from our group;-) Your pork loin caught my eye too,yummy!

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  11. These chocolate pumpkin pancakes look to die for. Perfect breakfast for dinner! :)

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  12. Pumpkin pancakes are on my must make list this fall - these look perfectly fluffy!

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  13. What a great variation on pancakes! And the chocolate as well? Tasty!

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  14. Oh Paula, these are perfect pancakes! So incredibly fluffy with a perfect crisp. And the fact that they're pumpkin flavoured with chocolate chips...swoon!

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  15. i just made some pancakes for lunch. Next time my wee one askd for pancakes I'll be making yours. That stack looks very tempting!

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  16. Paula, Oooo...Pumpkin, chocolate pancakes sound so wonderfully decadent!! I would love to come to your chocolate party…Yum!

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  17. Love the pumpkin chocolate combo, and I'm sure chocolate butternut squash is just as good :) These pancakes look amazing, any time of the day!

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  18. In Hungary, we have a totally different kind of pancake, more like the French crepes. They are much thinner, and we fill them with jam or cocoa or sweet cottage cheese, and then roll them up.
    I always wanted to try a huge tower of American pancakes, though I am not sure how much of it could I actually eat, it seam enormous.
    Yours look awesome with the chocolate filling!

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  19. Paula, another breathtaking pancake recipe - I have baked chocolate pumpkin cookies before but I have never prepared pumpkin pancakes and they do look utterly delicious - I think I will send my kids over to your place for breakfast!

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  20. Paula, these pancakes look amazing! you are making me so hungry!!! Love these!

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  21. Mmmm! I made these this morning for the babies and they LOVED them. I'm wanting to sneak a leftover from the fridge to eat right now :)

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  22. Hey,

    It’s Deedra from At My Counter. I came over to tell you I picked you for this blog award that I've joined in on! My post about it is here: http://atmycounter.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-liebster-award-2013.html

    I hope you participate; I can't wait to read some facts about you and get to know you better.

    Deedra

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