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Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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Do you know what Mardi Gras (aka Fat Tuesday) and Shrove Tuesday have in common? Today, as in the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. According to the Christian calendar, today is the last hurrah before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Whether you call it Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, one thing is certain, I’m sure many of you are trying to squeeze in as many goodies as you can before Lent begins.

Making and eating foods with ingredients such as sugar, fat and eggs, whose consumption was traditionally restricted during the ritual fasting associated with Lent, is what led to also calling this day Pancake Day. That’s right, today is a day to celebrate the light and fluffy pancake.

When making pancakes from scratch, all you need are a few simple staple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and refrigerator: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk, egg, butter and your favorite goodie to fold into the batter right before pouring it onto a hot griddle. The following is my go-to recipe for light and fluffy pancakes, with a few (OK…maybe a lot) of chocolate chips. Hey, it’s Mardi Gras after all! Happy Fat Tuesday!

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted 
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and melted butter.
  3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and whisk until incorporated.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Warm a greased griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
  6. Pour the batter onto the warm and greased griddle and brown on both sides. Rule of thumb: Once the pancake begins to bubble around the edge it’s ready to flip.

…and since we’re talking about things that are celebrated today, I can’t forget to mention that it’s also International Women’s Day! Celebrate this day with Mom It Forward and ONE.org as we chat about ways to empower women! The #gno Twitter party is from 9-11 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 8!

19 Comments

  • Reply darcyeats March 9, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Now, I never followed with the pancake tradition…but you best believe I crammed in as many goodies as possible for FAT Tuesday. These pancakes are kinda making me wish I'd included pancakes in the festivities though…they look absolutely scrumptious!

  • Reply Anonymous March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Love your recipes. You should also post on http://www.tasteimonials.com They do not deny any pictures of food. To Tasteimonials, its about the food and recipe. Give it a shot. Its free.

  • Reply Maria March 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Gorgeous photo! I love the dripping syrup!

  • Reply Jenny March 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    LOVE YOUR PHOTO, how gorgeous is that :) Yum!

  • Reply Cookin' Canuck March 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Wonderful photo, Jen! My kids would go crazy for these pancakes.

  • Reply RecipeGirl March 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Great photo- and droolworthy pancakes!

  • Reply A Thought For Food March 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    These pancakes make me feel like a big kid. All this needs is a nice big pat of butter on top and we're ready to dig in!

  • Reply Susie Bee on Maui March 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    That photo makes me want pancakes!

    I have a whole wheat version that is also delicious with chocolate chips or whatever your favorite add-in is.

    http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/10/chocolate-hazelnut-whole-wheat-pancakes.html

  • Reply Barbara | VinoLuciStyle March 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Agree with others; a great photo! I've seen so many pancake recipes recently but I like a simpler version…and by simpler, yes, I could see adding chocolate chips!

  • Reply marla March 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    So I stop by for a quick "hi" and I stumble upon this stunning stack of pancakes. These are dreamy girl!

  • Reply Tracy March 10, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Even though I already had dinner, I'm now craving pancakes. Yum!

  • Reply Mary March 10, 2011 at 6:38 am

    OH MY! Are you kidding me? LOVE! I know what I'm making on Saturday morning!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  • Reply Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker March 21, 2011 at 4:21 am

    YUM! I love pancakes, but have never made chocolate chip. That's crazy, right?!

  • Reply Jen July 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I am going to give this a try tomorrow morning. Sounds like a yummy way to start off the week!

  • Reply Anonymous July 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Great pancakes, but a little too salty. I don't think you need to add the salt with all the baking powder in there. Had them this morning and the kids loved them. Thanks!

  • Reply Anonymous August 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    how many pancakes does the recipe make??

  • Reply Anonymous August 20, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Mmmm they look delicious! Now I know what I'm having for breakfast! Awesome blog by the way. Love it! ��

  • Reply Anonymous August 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    i only used half a cup and they still tasted great! awesmoe recipie!

  • Reply Anonymous August 24, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    TOO MUCH BAKING SODA

    I made them to the recipe and they tasted of baking soda. Use maybe ONE teaspoon? Not 3.5

    I spent ages making them and had to throw them away.

    PLEASE amend this recipe!!

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