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    Chocolate pancakes

    • Vegetarian
    • Preparation time: 5 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 20 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    175g self-raising flour
    25g cocoa powder
    50g golden caster sugar
    ¼ tsp baking powder
    275ml whole milk
    ½ tsp vanilla extract
    1 egg
    unsalted butter, for frying

    Chocolate sauce

    150g dark chocolate (we like to use 70% cocoa solids Fairtrade chocolate)
    100ml double cream
    2tbsp light brown soft sugar
    25g unsalted butter
    pinch of sea salt

    Method

    1. Use a hand whisk to mix the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. In a jug, whisk together the milk, vanilla and egg and pour into the flour mixture, whisking as you go.

    2 Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat; add a knob of butter. As soon as it’s foaming, add ladlefuls of the batter. You want pancakes roughly 10-12cm in diameter, so you will need to cook in batches (adding a splash of milk to the batter if it thickens while it sits). Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cooked through, then keep warm in the oven while you cook the rest. Serve stacked up with hot chocolate sauce (below) poured over the top. 

    For the sauce

    1. Roughly chop the dark chocolate

    2. Add the chocolate, double cream, light brown soft sugar and unsalted butter to a pan with a pinch of sea salt and melt over a medium-low heat.

    3. Add 3 tbsp boiling water and stir to make a smooth, pourable sauce. Serve warm, drizzled over the pancakes.

    Add 3 tbsp boiling water and stir to make a smooth, pourable sauce. Serve warm, drizzled over chocolate or plain pancakes.
    Add 3 tbsp boiling water and stir to make a smooth, pourable sauce. Serve warm, drizzled over chocolate or plain pancakes.
    Add 3 tbsp boiling water and stir to make a smooth, pourable sauce. Serve warm, drizzled over chocolate or plain pancakes.
    Add 3 tbsp boiling water and stir to make a smooth, pourable sauce. Serve warm, drizzled over chocolate or plain pancakes.
    Add 3 tbsp boiling water and stir to make a smooth, pourable sauce. Serve warm, drizzled over chocolate or plain pancakes.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, February 2018 issue. Download the Waitrose Food app for the full issue

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