Pancakes are traditional on Fat Tuesday - a way to use up rich ingredients before the restrictions of Lent commence - also a fun, convenient and tasty dinner for any busy night of the week.
The kids enjoyed a bout of television while I finished up my Continuing Education Units to renew my Occupational Therapy license. I had left my study to the very last minute, so needed to complete all 10 hours in one day, which left little time to prepare a meal. These Chocolate Chip Pancakes were a sweet and yummy reward after my rewarding work.
CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, add the milk, egg and butter, and whisk until well blended. In another medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt, mix well.
Add milk mixture to dry mixture, whisking until the ingredients are moistened. Add chocolate chips.
Heat a skillet to medium-low heat and coat with cooking spray.
Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake into the pan. Flip once the batter is set around the edges, then cook until baked through.
Sprinkle the pancakes with powdered sugar.
Recipe adapted from The Northwest Arkansas Times, March 2011