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.

12 comments:

  1. These look amazing! Thanks for posting.

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

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

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

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  5. chocolate pancakes? awesome.

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

    Your photos are gorgeous!

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

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  8. Here's a little something for you Rosy! No obligation to repost :)
    http://the-country-cook.blogspot.com/2011/01/blogger-awards-and-big-thanks-to-you.html

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

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  10. Yum! What a wonderful combination of flavors.

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  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
    Ibbs
    x x
    http://lalangostaymi.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/chocolate-orange-pancakes.html

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