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Last week I shared a pancake recipe that incorporates healthy ingredients (check out our Oatmeal Sweet Potato Pancake recipe). Today, we’re turning the car around, heading the exact opposite direction, and going absolutely indulgent.
This Triple Berry Chocolate Pancake recipe has basically no redeeming nutritional value. Okay, there are some eggs and berries. That’s about it.
But sometimes I’m not looking to win any crunchy mama awards. Sometimes I just want to serve dessert for breakfast (or dinner). When you’re looking to win the awesome mom award, this recipe will definitely get you a blue ribbon.
So, you start with rich chocolate pancakes and top them with a triple berry syrup and homemade whipped topping. Yes, please.
Luckily for all of us, we’re headed into berry season so you can whip the syrup up for your people with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Frozen berries will work just fine if you’re outside the all-too-short berry picking season.
So, who’s ready for dessert?
Triple Berry Pancakes
Makes 18 pancakes
Triple Berry Sauce
1 c. strawberries, washed and sliced
1 c. blueberries, washed
1 c. raspberries, washed
2 T water
2 T white sugar
2-1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c. white sugar
1 T baking powder
2 c. milk
1 t vanilla
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1 c. heavy whipping cream
3 T powdered sugar
In a small saucepan, add berries, sugar and water. Stir to combine. Heat on medium heat until mixture begins to boil and berries begin to soften. The raspberries and blueberries will fall apart. The strawberries will soften but some chunks will remain. Boil for about 8-10 minutes. Turn off heat and let set. The mixture will thicken as it sets. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, combine heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar. Beat with a hand mixer for 3-5 minutes on high until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate.
In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients for pancakes: flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder. Mix well to combine. Make a well in the center of your bowl and add your wet pancake ingredients: eggs, milk and vanilla. Stir to combine. Don’t over mix! Fold in chocolate chips.
Use a 1/3 measuring scoop or batter spoon to pour batter onto a hot griddle (350 degrees if using electric skillet) and heat for 2-3 minutes on one side until brown and flip to heat the other side for another 2-3 minutes. Stir batter before adding next batch to skillet to redistribute any chocolate chips that sank to the bottom.
Serve pancakes with hot triple berry sauce and a dollop of whipped topping.
If you don’t have an electric skillet in your pantry, this Presto Electric Foldaway Skilletcomes very highly-reviewed on Amazon and folds up for compact storage! These are so nice to have on hand when you are cooking for a crowd and don’t have enough oven or stove top space.
My friend RuthAnn and I hit the blueberry fields again this morning, walking away with five hot, tired kids (It’s okay. They were ours.) and four bowls of fresh, sweet blueberries. I decided that some of today’s blueberries would be tomorrow’s French toast. Only I couldn’t wait until tomorrow. So we ate this French toast for dinner tonight. It was delicious and would make a great addition to any brunch or breakfast… or dinner menu.
This recipe comes from our church cookbook, submitted by two great cooks in our congregation (I made a few minor changes). It quickly became a favorite, making regular appearances at many brunches & potlucks. And for good reason.
It is easy to assemble the night before and always receives rave reviews when served. Most of the ingredients are basic and the star of the show, the humble blueberry, is in season now.
Check out your grocery store’s discounted baking racks (for whatever reason, I rarely find these anywhere near the bakery. They are usually located in some random location like the meat department or freezer aisle.) for great bargains on day-old bread. I bought a loaf of French bread for under a buck that works perfectly in this recipe. You can also use the wildly famous No-Knead Bread!
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and add the milk and syrup; mix well. Pour over the bread mixture. Cover and chill for 8 hours or overnight.
Remove from fridge 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and the center is set.
Sauce: In a saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Add water. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in blueberries; reduce heat. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the berries have burst. Serve over baked French toast.
These Pyrex Easy Grab baking dishes with lids are perfect for anything that needs to be refrigerated overnight. Especially perfect if you are transporting the casserole to a brunch or party outside your home.
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