Sunday, July 20, 2008
On My Hearth: Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Beren likes to make big breakfasts on the weekends, especially when his girls are here. He normally whips up eggs & bacon, though, and we happen to be short in the egg department this week so I took over this week. This chocolate chip pancake recipe was frugal since I had all of the ingredients on hand and was a nice treat for his sweet-loving girls!
Easy Chocolate Chip Pancakes
2 cups Baking Mix (I use Bisquick)
1 cup Milk (I use 2 percent)
2 Eggs (I use Large)
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat an electric griddle or large skillet on medium heat. It does not have to be hot for this recipe, and you’ll want some cooking spray too.
Follow the directions on the baking mix package to make the pancake batter. Add sugar and vanilla to taste, which is optional. Don’t stir the batter too much, it’s okay if there are still a few lumps of dry mix in it. You want it to be thick enough to hold together in the skillet, but not so thick that the pancakes don’t cook in the middle. It should pour from the spoon but not be runny. Too thick? Add a bit more milk. Too thin? Stir in a bit more dry mix and then readjust the sugar and vanilla to taste.
When the batter is the consistency you like, sprinkle some chocolate chips on top and stir in gently. Not enough? Stir in more! Once it’s just the way you like, drip a bit into the griddle or skillet. If it immediately turns brown, the griddle is too hot, turn it down. I find that pancakes turn out fluffier and more tender if they are cooked on lower heat.
Use a small ladle or spoon to form the pancakes on the griddle. Smaller is easier to flip. Once the edges are set and bubbles are popping up on the top, use a pancake turner to flip them over. It will just take a minute to set the other side. Serve with syrup, or powdered sugar, or whatever toppings you like. Makes 8 to 10 depending on size.