Double Chocolate Pancakes

Double Chocolate Pancakes // The Speckled Palate

Monday, we celebrated and remembered Pop’s life. He passed away last Thursday evening at the age of 85, and a large portion of our family descended upon Georgia to lay him to rest.

One of my favorite memories of my Pop, other than asking endless questions while he worked pewter in his workshop and at various art festivals around the South, was the pancakes he would whip up whenever we visited.

Yes, pancakes.

Apparently, even as a child, I was on a trajectory to start a food blog…

My Pop’s pancakes were delicious, and we always ate them at least once when we visited his and Granny’s Georgia home during my childhood. And I always drooled over them when we were discussing breakfast because, well, they were amazingly fluffy with a crispy edge and all kinds of perfection when drizzled with some maple syrup. Granny finally revealed the secret of Pop’s pancakes to me in recent years, and it’s so simple, yet profound.

Pop’s love of food and being in the kitchen has passed down through the generations, and I’m happy to share a recipe that I think he would have loved this morning.

Double Chocolate Pancakes // The Speckled Palate

So today, as my heart is still with my family and remembering my grandfather, I thought it would be fitting to share a pancake recipe.

These Double Chocolate Pancakes aren’t in competition with my Pop’s. Nothing can top Pop’s pancakes, in my opinion, but they do celebrate what I love in a breakfast — decadence that means you don’t need to eat the whole batch because the food is so rich and flavorful.

Here’s how you can make your own:

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Double Chocolate Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cup dark chocolate almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients -- flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt -- and whisk together. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients -- dark chocolate almond milk, eggs, vanilla extract and coconut oil -- and whisk until incorporated.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Set aside, and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  4. While the batter is resting, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Grease the pan with butter or cooking spray.
  5. Dollop the pancakes onto the preheated skillet when ready, and sprinkle a few chocolate chips on the top of each pancake.
  6. Flip each pancake when several bubbles have formed on the surface, and cook through.
  7. Enjoy warm! (And if you're feeling really decadent, add a bit of butter and some syrup!)

Double Chocolate Pancakes // The Speckled Palate

Do you have any recipes that remind you of a grandparent?

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  • KatherineJune 11, 2014 - 11:41 am

    I’m sorry for your loss, Erin. I can tell how much your Pop meant to you. How wonderful that you have a specific recipe by which to remember him, too. :) I’ll always think of my Grandpa McCoy when I think of bacon (often, ha!), since he used to cook it for us under a cast iron press, which resulted in such crisp and delicious bacon that he’d serve us along with freshly squeezed orange juice that my Grandma McCoy would make. Though I don’t believe I ever got to taste it from his kitchen, my Grandpa Bob’s stew will always be the dish by which my mom’s family remembers him.ReplyCancel

    • ErinJune 20, 2014 - 11:27 am

      Thank you, Katherine. I agree with you — it’s wonderful to have a recipe that reminds me of him, and whenever I make pancakes, I inevitably think of him. So he’ll live on in my memory.

      I love that when you think of your Grandpa McCoy, you think of bacon. His cooking method sounds delightful, and I love that it was served with fresh OJ.

      Isn’t it amazing how a simple dish can bring us back to a place or a person? I love that we have these memories made through food and am so happy you’ve got some specific ones from your family, as well.ReplyCancel

  • Neatly-PackagedJune 11, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    Double chocolate pancakes exist?! Wow they look amazing! Where did you get that plate with all the hearts on it? *BIG HUG from your fellow Texan blogger* I am sorry to hear about your grandfather.

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    • ErinJune 20, 2014 - 11:29 am

      Ha! Yes, ma’am! Double Chocolate Pancakes exist in my world, and you’re welcome to come live in it because, well, CHOCOLATE. (The plate was from the Crate and Barrel outlet, I believe…)

      Thanks, lovely. I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • laurasmessJune 11, 2014 - 11:00 pm

    Oh Erin. This is such a wonderful, poignant post. I’m at a loss on what to write as nothing can adequately say how much I feel for you and your family in regards to the loss of your grandfather. He sounds like an amazing man and I am glad that you got to spend time learning and absorbing his passion for cooking pancakes (alongside some of his secrets!). Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe with us. I definitely going to make these in an attempt to achieve the soft, delicious layers with crispy edges. Sending you hugs from Aussieland xxxxReplyCancel

    • ErinJune 20, 2014 - 11:31 am

      Thank you, Laura. You’re so sweet, and your words so sincere. I appreciate it. Pop was an amazing man, and I’m so happy I had as much time as I did with him.

      Please let me know how this recipes turns out for you, lovely! It’s pretty delicious and basically dessert for breakfast, which I’m all about.ReplyCancel

  • WinnieJune 14, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    This post is a wonderful way to celebrate your Pop’s life and enhance his memory :)
    And these pancakes are the looking really delicious :)
    I should make them to pamper my husbandReplyCancel

    • ErinJune 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

      Thank you, Winnie! I thought this post was fitting since I loved Pop’s pancakes. :) And I bet your husband would love these if you made them… they’re delightful and definitely something that could be used for pampering someone!ReplyCancel

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