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Chocolate Pancakes

Maksim regularly lobbies to eat at IHop because of their choocolate pancakes, which he likes to eat with strawberry syrup.  So I decided to see what I could do with this.

I bought strawberry syrup at the store at my weekly grocery run, and yesterday set out to make the pancakes.  I used my usual pancake recipe (no Bisquick), but added cocoa and extra sugar, then cut back a little on the flour.  The batter came out silky and glossy.  I asked Darwin if he might want to try a pancake when they were done, and he said he wouldn't.  Then I showed him the batter.

"I'll have four," he said.

The pancakes came out fluffy, soft, and rich.  Maksim devoured them.  Aran was iffy at first--he doesn't like food variants--but I had him try one, and he became an instant convert.  I'm limited on what kind of pancakes I can eat, but I made a half-sized one for myself with a little bit of the syrup so I could see what they were like.  Perfect!  Chocolatey with a bit of cocoa bite, smoothed out with strawberry syrup.

The recipe I mostly made up as I went, but here it kind of is:

COCOA PANCAKES

2 eggs
1 cup lowfat milk (1% or 2%)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 t salt
3 T sugar
2 T baking powder
1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa (you can use regular cocoa, but the pancakes won't taste as rich)
3 T vegetable oil

In the bottom of a pitcher, beat eggs with a wire whisk.  Add milk and first cup of flour.  Add other dry ingredients.  Whisk together until well blended.  Add last 1/2 cup of flour and oil.  Blend.  (You may need to adjust the flour up or down a little to get a good pouring consistency--add a bit more milk if the batter is too stiff.)  Pour pancake-sized portions onto heated non-stick griddle (or oiled regular griddle).  When they begin to bubble and the edges stiffen a little, turn with spatula.  Cook second side 1-2 minutes.  Serve hot with fresh fruit or syrup.

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