I have a problem. It’s now been a week and a day of my visit home to my parents. In that time, I’ve baked three dozen mini matcha shortbread cookies, a dozen almond rosemary shortbread cookies, some topsy-turvy cinnamon rolls (next time I’ll roll you properly, little ones), pumpkin cupcakes, and green tea cupcakes. It’s a little excessive. It’s gotten to the point where, every time I come into the kitchen, my mother cries, “Not again!” and leaves the room muttering about her waistline.
For most of these things, I have a valid defense. We’re giving them to friends! The green tea cupcakes were (almost) vegan! There’s Greek yogurt in these! I made half-batches of everything!
But … I also made these pancakes. And they have no defense whatsoever. They have Nutella, espresso, and chocolate chips, and Nutella on top, and more chocolate chips on top, and also some powdered sugar because, because. There is nothing healthy about them. I’m sorry, Mom. But maybe one of you can save them for after your next casual marathon, or something.
I did use a slightly different base for the pancakes than the one in my first basic pancake recipe, though I can’t tell you which is better because the chocolate and coffee flavors made them hard to compare — texture-wise, however, both are quite fluffy and tasty. While the other one was based on Jamie Cooks It Up!, the proportions here were based on Joy the Baker’s Milk Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes, and I first saw this chocolate and espresso flavor combination done by Ozmundaregalis.
Note that these pancakes do have the tendency to be a bit bitter from the coffee. If you like your coffee black I suspect you won’t mind a bit; if you don’t, just a bit of Nutella on top will balance out the bitterness, or you can simply omit the espresso altogether and just have chocolatey chocolate pancakes.
Nutella Espresso Pancakes
serves 2 (yields about 6 medium pancakes)
1 cup flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp espresso, or 1 tbsp instant espresso powder (coffee will work too)
1 large egg
1 cup milk (you can use buttermilk if you like, or 1/2 cup yogurt and 1/2 cup milk)
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled, plus more for the pan
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1 tbsp Nutella, plus more for drizzle
1/4 cup chocolate chips for sprinkling on top
1. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. If using instant espresso powder, sift it into the dry ingredients as well.
2. In a separate large bowl, beat the egg. Add milk (or buttermilk, or yogurt+milk, whatever you’re using), melted butter, vanilla, and Nutella. If using liquid espresso or coffee, add that here as well, and mix until well-blended. Note: I used a 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and a 1/2 cup of milk as a buttermilk substitute, but I felt that the other flavors in these pancakes were so strong that the buttermilk might not be necessary.
3. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just incorporated. A few lumps are good. Let batter set for a few minutes.
4. Heat a griddle or pan over medium heat. Coat griddle surface with oil or butter. When the griddle is hot enough that water droplets dance when dropped onto it, pour two to three tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. I used a 1/4 cup scoop, which works well and also keeps the counter fairly drip-free. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips evenly over the uncooked surface of the pancake. When bubbles form in the batter and leave a brief hole when they pop, flip the pancake and let brown on the other side for about 2-3 more minutes, then remove to a plate. I keep the pancakes that are done in the oven at 200 degrees, on an oven-safe plate. Repeat until batter is gone, then serve with your choice of topping. (I used more Nutella. Like there was ever a real choice.)
Next on my list of pancakes to try are buckwheat (these banana buckwheat pancakes by The Pancake Princess look so great) and at some point I need to stop being lazy and try the method of separating the egg yolk and white. I’ve never felt the pancakes needed to be fluffier, so I never feel the compulsion, but I really should just do it and see!
Hope you enjoy these as much as I did (and that your semi-coma wears off faster). Thank you so much for reading!