Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
Very chocolate pancakes with a very chocolate sauce that you may also use for finger painting your Valentine (or save it just for the finger painting and top the cakes with whipped cream and berries).
- 3⁄4 cup heavy cream
- 1⁄4 cup Amaretto
- 7 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (not unsweetened)
- 1⁄4 cup powdered sugar
For griddle cakes
- 1⁄2 cup dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 2 whole large eggs
- 1 large egg yolk
- 3⁄4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- unsalted butter, for greasing griddle
- Make sauce:.
- Bring cream to a boil in a 1-quart saucepan, then pour hot cream over chocolate and sugar in a bowl, gently whisking until smooth.
- Mix in Amaretto.
- Keep warm or at room temperature.
- Make griddle cakes:.
- Sift together cocoa, cinnamon, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.
- Whisk in eggs, yolk, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla until combined well.
- Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over moderately low heat and lightly coat with butter.
- Working in batches of 2 or 3, pour 1/3 cup batter per cake onto hot griddle and cook until bubbles appear on surface, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Flip cakes with a large spatula and cook until tops spring back when pressed gently, about 1 minute more.
- Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with foil to keep warm.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon butter to griddle between batches.
- Serve cakes in stacks, topped with chocolate sauce.
ABSOLUTELY GREAT CAKES! Of course, that comes from a dedicated chocoholic, but still . . . I did leave out the Amaretto when making the sauce, but that didn't distract from a wonderful, tasty chocolate fix! Will certainly be making these again & again! [Tagged, made & reviewed on Went to the Market cooking game]
These were really good and very chocolate-y! They are like fluffy fudgey molten brownie pancakes. I decreased the cinnamon (DH"S preference) and the sugar by 2 tablespoons. I also subbed half the oil as applesauce, and did not make the chocolate sauce. It is so rich, you don't really need any sauce!