Cherry Chocolate Pancakes
Cherry Chocolate Pancakes: A delicious buttermilk pancake recipe based on my favorite Ben and Jerrys ice cream flavor! So amazing!
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I think that most people have what I like to call a magic food. By magic food, I mean that they can consume basically as much as is set in front of them, within reason. I have a few of these types of foods, but probably my number 1 is ice cream. I can eat a whole quart of ice cream and be like, “What?” Sometimes I will get a bowl of what I imagine to be a normal serving of ice cream and Betsy will just stare at me – dumbstruck.
One of my absolute favorite flavors of ice cream is the Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. I mean that stuff is like crack to me. Except I don’t think I could ever OD. I think I could eat it until my stomach exploded a la Se7en. If you don’t know what Cherry Garcia is it is basically vanilla ice cream with large chunks of dried cherries and chocolate.
Last weekend I was scrounging for something for breakfast and realized that I had all of the necessary ingredients to make pancakes. I also happened to have some cherries and some chocolate laying around, so I thought I would try making a pancake that tasted like my favorite ice cream.
My idea was a good one! These pancakes were moist and fluffy and had large chunks of cherry and melted chocolate throughout. They were super-rich, but they were delicious. Turns out pancakes are not one of my magic foods. In fact, I only made it through about 1/2 of this dish before calling it quits. They were that rich.
- Not a cherry fan? Try this huge blueberry pancake in a cast iron skillet!
Cherry Chocolate Pancakes
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A delicious buttermilk pancake recipe based on my favorite Ben and Jerrys ice cream flavor!
1) Whip the whipping cream ingredients to make a fresh whip cream. Refrigerate upon completion.
2) Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and then whisk in the wet ingredients which you should mix together separately.
3) Let pancake batter rest for 10-15 minutes in the fridge. Prep the cherries and chocolate.
4) Heat up some butter or oil in the pan or on the griddle over medium-high heat. When it is hot, add a few tablespoons of batter and cook a small pancake. The batter should spread out evenly. If it stays in one spot, the batter is too thick and you need to add more milk. If it runs all over the pan, it is too thin and you need to whisk in some more flour.
5) Pour the pancake (1/2 cup), and then after it has been cooking for 1 minute (it will start to set up), sprinkle cherries and chocolate on top.
6) When you start to see good sized bubbles forming on the surface of the batter, the edges around the pancake start to firm up and you’ll be able to easily maneuver a spatula under it, flip the pancake.
7) The first side will need probably 3-4 minutes and the second side will only need one or two minutes.
8) Top with a little whipped cream and syrup and you are in heaven.
Cherry Chocolate Pancakes
Before we even get to the pancakes though, let’s discuss something that I think is essential to pancake heaven: fresh whipped cream. Everybody always seems impressed by it, but it isn’t that hard. This is the basic formula I use:
There is also this fear that it takes forever to make. In fact, once you get the hang of it, it takes no time at all. In fact, I think it is faster with a normal whisk than with an electric mixer.
So, I timed myself. Under a minute flat.
If you aren’t willing to spend one minute to make heaven in a bowl, then to you, Sir/Madam, I bid good day.
Now onto pancakes! You’ll need this stuff.
Anyway, combine all your dry ingredients in a bowl and then whisk in your wet ingredients which you should mix together separately.
Drizzle in the butter!
I also let my pancake batter rest for 10-15 minutes in the fridge to let some of the flour absorb the moisture a bit. You could make them right away though if you were in a rush or something.
Before you start cooking the real deal, I always like to do a pancake test. Heat up some butter or oil in your pan or on your griddle over medium-high heat. When it is hot, add a few Tablespoons of batter and cook a small pancake. The batter should spread out evenly. If it stays in one spot, your batter is too thick and you need to add more milk. If it runs all over your pan, it is too thin and you need to whisk in some more flour.
Once you are happy with the batter, it’s time to make the real deal. I like to use a bit of butter to cook my pancakes, but you could use oil also. Just use a little bit to lube the pan up.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to pancakes with stuff. First, is to mix all the things into the batter and then pour the batter onto the griddle. This works fine as long as you remember to stir your batter before each pancake because the goods will sink to the bottom.
I prefer to pour my pancake, and then after it has been cooking for 2 minutes (it will start to set up), then I sprinkle in my ingredients. This allows for an even distribution of awesome.
There are two sure-fire ways to know when you need to flip your pancake. First, you will start to see good sized bubbles forming on the surface of your batter. This means that the center of your pancake is pretty much cooked. Second, the edges around your pancake will start to firm up and you’ll be able to easily maneuver a spatula under it.
Then the flip!
Now, the second side doesn’t need as long to cook. The first side will need probably 3-4 minutes and the second side will only need one or two minutes. Keep a close eye on it! It will burn quickly.
If you’re worried about your chocolate burning you might try mixing the chocolate chips into the batter before baking. The way I did it worked okay, but I had to keep a close eye on the pancakes after the flip because when I flipped them, the chocolate came into instant contact with the hot griddle and they would burn pretty quickly.
I think if I mixed in the chocolate before, it would maybe not be so bad because there would be a small layer of batter between the chocolate and the hot pan. The cherries worked great though and you can sprinkle those right on top to assure even distribution.
These are kind of a surprise because from the top you can’t notice any cherry or chocolate. All of the goodness is on the underside or inside.
Then you cut them open and BAM:
I was totally going to call these Cherry Garcia pancakes but I was afraid that the Ben & Jerry’s lawyers would be knocking on my door. What? You don’t think hippies have lawyers?! They most certainly do.
Regardless of what you call them though, these pancakes were everything I hoped they would be. Top with a little whipped cream and syrup and you are in heaven.
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22 Responses to “Cherry Chocolate Pancakes” Leave a comment
I'm with you, fresh whipping cream is so key. And to give you another tip, try putting the bowl and whisk in the freezer for at least an hour before you use it. It really helps to keep the cream nice and cold.
I'm going to try this tomorrow; I love choco & cherries.
YES, please. Those look great, and I don't even like pancakes.
Very nice tip dawn. Thanks!
Are you kidding me??!!?? THAT is food magic. I'm so trying this.
Blimey! Pure decadence! Great tips on stuff distribution.
Fantastic photos and that pancake looks delicious beyond words! What kind of camera do you use?
Yes, these look great. Chocolate and cherry is such a good combo.
It's good to know that you can consume copious amounts of ice cream, because I have copious amounts of ice cream in my freezer that I made this weekend.
Happened to come across this today…it's what I always do when I'm out of buttermilk to coat my chicken pieces before breading…
"Re: Buttermilk Substitute
2/24/2009 7:41:25 AM by pefferlawprincess
I use vinegar all the time and it works amazing, because no one drinks buttermilk in my house so I never have any on hand, try it you'll never know the difference. We use it in our pancakes, and they come up so fluffy and moist!"
Oops, just noticed that she didn't note that you add approx 3/4 tbsp to approx 1 cup milk.
mmmmmmmmmmm can you make Chunky Monkey pancakes next?
Umm… how do you manage to hand make whipped cream in under a minute? That seems impossible!
Damn! Those look amazing! You, sir, are brilliant. :D
I would personally like to eat the pancake with some spread of raspberry jam ;p I'm salivating now!
Throwing out a challenge here — chocolate peanut butter pancakes! My two favorite foods. Yum. Talk about being rich. I know you are the man to come up with a recipe!
My husband and I made these this past Saturday (we always have cherries on hand when in the stores in Canada) and, as you said they were,total AWESOMENESS!!!!
Thanks, Nick. I read your whole recipe through daily, just to chuckle at your comments. I usually print them as well and make a grocery list. Love them.
I've now made these three or four times, once for a crowd of hungry and hungover friends at camp. Each time they have been a huge hit!
I’m not usually a fan of sweets, but something about this recipe really jumped out at me, so I made them tonight for my roommate and my boyfriend. My roommate asked me to marry her and my boyfriend wants me to make them for his parents. I’ll count that as a success. I’d never made homemade whipped cream before, and I gotta say, that was definitely the kicker! Took a bit longer than a minute, but it definitely came together eventually and everyone was more than impressed… including me. Thanks a bunch!
Wow Nick, just wow. I have been fantasizing over these for a couple of weeks now and just made them this morning. Instead of using cherries though, i just used chocolate chips and spread some peanut butter on them after they came out of the pan. I completely understand now what you were saying about rich. I ate approx. 2/3rds of mine before having to stop. I even did the fresh whipped cream and it is better than anything store bought. You've ruined instant pancakes as well as instant whipped cream and i can say that I've never been happier over having something ruined for me. I'm a complete convert now to homemade pancakes and whipped cream! Can't wait to see what goodness you bring next!
looks like your skillet may be a bit too hot, the 1st side didn’t cook evenly and is burnt in spots
I know what I’m having for breakfast this weekend. Thanks for the awesome recipe!