Chocolate chip pancakes with black cherry jam, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and vanilla cream

I am pretty certain that you do not need me to tell you this; but if you are looking for a seriously indulgent breakfast this weekend look no further. This is pretty much diabetes on a plate. I made this a few weeks back when trying out my new pancake pan and so had to make a quadruple stack. I am not sure what I was thinking at the time but I was going to push my sugary boundaries to breaking point. I can report that every morsel on the plate was devoured with absolute glee and it certainly helped shift some of the hangover I must have been harbouring – why else would anyone make something this ridiculous in the first place? So if you want to give this a go, and I think you should, here is what you will need.

For the pancakes:

roughly a mug full of Plain flour,Β  a third of that of golden caster sugar, 1 egg, 1tsp baking powder, milk, and plain chocolate chips.IMAG1536Combine all of the above and whisk. Be sparing with the milk as you want the mix to be nice and thick. Once combined leave for about 15 minutes before cooking. When you are ready to roll heat up your nice new crepe pan (if you’ve not got one of those then any small frying pan will suffice) and add a little oil and a little butter. I always use both; oil alone would probably suffice but I like butter. A ladle of the batter will be enough for each pancake. Add to the pan and allow to cook until the bubbles that appear start to leave small craters. Flip the pancake over and cook for a further minute or so and then repeat.


This is where it all gets interesting and you can get creative. This is what I went for and it was pretty great but feel free to change things – that is the fun thing about pancakes.


Step 1: Once each pancake comes out of the pan and on your plate spread with some black cherry jam.

Step 2: Repeat until you have cooked all your pancakes, however do not spread jam on the top one.

Step 3: Dust the top of the stack with icing sugar.

Step 4: Drizzle over your maple syrup

Step 5: Drizzle over your chocolate sauce; I used sweet freedom choc shot – it’s good for you even if nothing else is.

Step 6: Add a big dollop of double cream, I used some flavoured with vanilla.

Step 7: Dive in!

IMAG1539I cannot fully describe to you how amazing these were. What I can tell you is that they are extremely sweet and indulgent IMG_20150815_085615and so you really have to be in the right state of mind to tackle these first thing in the morning. If you are concerned that this much sugar at 9am will be too much for you then they would make a great dessert after a fairly light meal. If you wanted to really go for it then I would suggest making your own chocolate sauce and adding your favourite tipple; I would go for Cointreau. This is the sort of food that will bring a smile to your lips and that is the best kind.

Give them a go, you will not be disappointed. I went and cut a massive tree down in my garden after eating mine so they must be pretty good.



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