Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chocolate Cardamom Pancakes with Orange Glaze

Cooking with different spices is a great way to grow as a cook/baker.  Cardamom is one of the newest spices in my cabinet that I've started playing with. I first discovered it when I was making an Ethiopian recipe which called for a spice rub called Berbere.  Since I had cardamom I decided to continue to experiment with it. 

And then there is Valentine's Day.

Since Valentine's is on the horizon I wanted to create a new recipe for a romantic breakfast as a follow-up to last year's chocolate pancakes with caramel banana topping.  I stayed with the chocolate because there is no better excuse to have chocolate for breakfast than Valentine's Weekend. As I contemplated a new recipe, I thought of the spiciness of the cardamom and how it would go so well with the cocoa powder and an orange glaze to top.

I was right. You will love this combination for a special breakfast on Valentine's Day. These chocolate pancakes aren't too sweet which is good, because the glaze will provide a brightness and add the sweetness you need.

Chocolate Cardamom Pancakes with Orange Glaze
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
5 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cardamom
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk

Orange Glaze
1 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar  and cardamom in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and milk and whisk. Take a large cookie scoop (or just a ladle if you don't care about how uniform they are) and pour batter in a preheated pan/skillet on medium to medium high heat. Garnish pancakes with fresh mandarin orange slices and orange glaze.

For the orange glaze combine the sugar and the orange juice in a sauce pan on medium high heat. Reduce down until the sugar is dissolved and the consistency is syrup-like. Let cool slightly before pouring over the pancakes.


  1. These look amazing! Thanks for posting.

  2. Chocolate Cardamom and Orange have been on my mind lately, so these look amazing!! What a decadent breakfast!

  3. I don't believe I've ever seen chocolate pancakes, but these look fantastic! Especially with the orange...a must-make for sure!

  4. I adore chocolate & cardamom together - love this pancake recipe!

  5. chocolate pancakes? awesome.

  6. Chocolate pancakes! I'm smiling from ear to ear ... thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Your photos are gorgeous!

  7. I love pancakes but smehow never tried to make chocolate ones. Yours look really lovely :)

  8. Here's a little something for you Rosy! No obligation to repost :)

  9. Thanks so much everyone. Sometimes you just catch lightening in a bottle.

  10. Yum! What a wonderful combination of flavors.

  11. Hey
    I discovered your recipe today and just HAD to make them for breakfast, I had to tweak a little bit for soya, and they were still super delicious!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration
    x x


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