I am an admirer of delicious food and am known among my friends for my sweet tooth. Food that looks good, smells good and tastes heavenly is something to die for. At times my brain fantasizes desserts that make my stomach rumble in ecstasy. So, today morning I suddenly had this urge to eat pancakes with fries! Well, not any pan cakes rather chocolate pancakes with cold coffee. I never eat anything without something to drink, a costly habit for my purse.
When I woke up I had a goal in mind: Chocolate Pancakes, coffee and fries. I swooped into the kitchen while my parents were busy discussing my neighbor’s constant complains about her husband. Apparently the poor guy jested that one should apply body lotion while semi-dry because that way one spends less amount of lotion. His wife was unable to digest his “miser” ways and had to announce this to the world.
Anyway, I checked if all the ingredients were there in the kitchen and to my delight it was my lucky day!
Here are the ingredients for fluffy chocolate pancakes recipe :-
Unsweetened cocoa powder 2½ table spoon
Flour 1½ cups
Sugar ½ cup
Baking Powder 1 table spoon
Vanilla essence 1 tea spoon
Milk 1 cup
Vegetable oil 2-3 table spoon
- Add flour, baking powder and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix them together. You will get a dry brown mixture.
- In another bowl whisk sugar, egg, milk, vanilla essence and vegetable oil together.
- Make a well in between the dry brown mixture and pour the egg mixture into it and just mix.
- You will now have a thick light brown mixture with you, there should be no lumps.
- Heat the frying pan.
- Pour a spoon of oil on the pan and spread it so that you pan cakes to not stick to the pan.
- When the pan is hot, pour the mixture with a small cup or directly according to the diameter you want for your pancakes
- Keep the pan on medium heat.
- When you see bubbles rising from the pan cake flip it.
- After just 5 seconds of flipping the pancake, it is ready to eat.
- Continue the same with the rest of the batter.
# You will get about 4-5 pancakes from this mixture. (I like to have pancakes of different sizes, to make a pyramid.)
If the final mixture is too thick, add milk.
You can decrease or increase the amount of sugar you prefer.
Do not blend the mixture too much, to avoid flat pan cakes.
If you want you can make the batter very thin in consistency and make crispy thin pan cakes too!
I had my pancakes with chocolate sauce. You can eat with a lot of butter or ice cream or jam or maple syrup or honey. You can wrap pancakes around your favorite fruits if you like.
Recipe of chocolate sauce is:-
Add 2 table spoon cocoa powder, 3 table spoon sugar and ¾ cup water into a small pan. Heat this mixture on low flame till the mixture is thick and sticky like melted chocolate. You can choose the consistency of your sauce too. Heat it for 2-3 minutes for a thin consistency, for a more ketchup like consistency heat for 5 minutes.
Now, spread the sauce on every layer of the pancakes and pour the rest on top.
*Do not over heat because that will result in lumps of hard sugary chocolates that are impossible to chew. (Been there, done that)
Finally, after doing all this hard work, I fried the potatoes that I had cut the previous night and kept in the refrigerator. Then I made my cup of cold coffee which was to accompany me on this journey of chocolate and fries. The feast was not to start till I was all settled on my bed and had not started my favorite Harry Potter movie (the sorcerer’s stone). Then while Aunt Petunia shouted at Harry’s cupboard beneath the staircase, I was having a celebration in my mouth.
While, you are enjoying this recipe, here is something mind-boggling about this delicacy. Did you know that Pancakes have been there when the dinosaurs walked the earth? I wonder if they ever had a bite of this miraculous discovery of man. The present form of pancakes was invented in Medieval Europe. There are many countries in the world which celebrate Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday.) In France and United States Pancake Day is called Mardi Gras which means “fat/greasy Tuesday”. Pancake Day is celebrated in February or March prior to the Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent. People eat pancakes on this day as pancakes were a way to use up all the egg, milk and butter which were to be abstained from during the Lent festival which follows this day. There are many traditions related to pan cakes and one of the oldest takes place in Olney, Buckinghamshire which dates back to 1445. On the Pancake Day, at the sound of church bell, the local housewives race to the church with their pans and pancakes. This pancake race has become one of the most popular pancake races in the world. Thus, Pancakes have a history as old as dinosaurs, a tradition which dates back to beyond a 1000 years and is an easy to make delicacy which might continue forever till the humanity lasts. In a way, Pancakes started with humans and will probably end with them.