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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Black Forest Pancakes

Here's a nice one for Valentine's Day (Happy, by the way.)  Chocolate, cherries, and plenty of whipped cream; you can hardly go wrong. 

Black Forest Pancakes (print recipe)

Makes 2 servings

1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 T butter, melted
2 cups cherries, pitted and halved
2 T sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 T sugar

1.  Mix the flour, cocoa powder, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.  Mix the milk, egg, and butter in another large bowl.  Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. 

2.  Heat a pan over medium heat and melt a touch of butter in it.  Pour 1/4 cup of the mixture into the pan and cook until the surface starts to bubble and the bottom is golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Flip the pancake and cook the other side until the bottom is golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes.  Repeat for the remaining batter.

3.  Meanwhile, simmer the cherries, 2 T sugar, cornstarch, and water over medium heat until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.  Whip the cream and 2 T sugar until soft peaks form.  Stack the pancakes, layering with cherry sauce and whipped cream.  Garnish with fresh cherries and/or chocolate shavings.

Recipe from Closet Cooking (love that guy) and tested by Shanna Stratton

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