Choc and Cherry Pancakes

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Choc and Cherry Pancakes

It’s nearly pancake day and if you are looking for a great dessert recipe then this could be for you. My family and I had to try these pancakes before Pancake Day, just to make sure they were good enough for you. Thankfully we didn’t have to eat too many to realise they are delicious.

Pancake day is traditionally called Shrove Tuesday in the UK and other Commonwealth countries. It is the day before Ash Wednesday. The actual day is determined by Easter so this means the date changes on an annual basis. Shrove Tuesday’s name comes from the word ‘shrive’ which means absolution for sins by doing penance.

In the traditions of Christians they would try to be shriven before Lent. Christians would go to Confession, where they would admit their sins to a priest and ask for absolution. A bell would be rung to call them which is called the ‘pancake bell’. In a lot of church communities it is still rung today. Pancake day actually came a lot later as a way of using up rich foods, like eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting – Lent.

Today pancakes have become associated with Shrove Tuesday as it is a sort of way of using up the fatty foods in a home. In the past, the idea was for people to rid their cupboards of fattening foods so they are not in the house during lent. Eggs, milk and sugar are not usually eaten during a fastening period so that is why we now have pancakes.

These Choc and Cherries Pancakes are a great way to use up fattening ingredients. Plus they are very filling, tasty but also very healthy. If you are trying to fast for lent this year then these beautiful pancakes are for you. My family thoroughly enjoyed eating them and we all recommend you give them a try.

Equipment needed

  • Large bowls x 2
  • Whisk or electric whisk
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Tablespoon
  • Metal spoon
  • Food processor or stick blender
  • Frying pan
  • Ice cream scoop or a small ladle
  • Fish slice
  • Plastic brush

Ingredients

  • Frozen or fresh cherries x 2 large handfuls
  • Gluten free oats x 200g
  • Raw cacao powder x 3 tbsp
  • Baking powder x 1 tsp
  • Oat Milk x 200ml
  • Eggs x 2 (large)
  • Cinnamon x 1 tsp
  • Coconut oil to cook the pancakes in
  • Maple syrup or honey to serve

Method

  • Mix the oats, raw cacao powder, baking powder and cinnamon together in the other bowl.
  • Next separate the yolk from the white of the eggs.
  • Add the yolk and the oat milk to the other ingredients in the bowl or food processor and blend together.
  • Chop about half the cherries, some of the bigger ones, then add the rest whole.
    • If using fresh cherries remember to remove the stones.
  • Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form.
  • At this point, you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without the eggs falling out.
  • Finally fold the whites into the pancake mix with the metal spoon.
  • Put the frying pan on the hob on a high to medium heat.
  • To cook the pancakes make sure your pan is nice and hot.
  • Put a small amount of coconut oil in the pan and use a plastic brush to cover the base.
  • I have a plastic brush that you can heat to a very high temperature so it won’t melt.
  • Take your ice cream scoop or ladle and fill it with pancake mixture and place it in the pan.
  • Now wait and I mean wait.
  • You will notice they start to cook around the outside edge of the pancake.
  • This is a good time to turn them over.
  • Hopefully they should be a nice golden brown colour.
  • Wait for the other side to cook.
  • Once they are cooked add maple syrup or honey.
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Choc Cherry Pancakes

As there are three of us in this house, well two and a half, I make the pancake mixture as if I were serving four. Then the leftovers I freeze and this makes a quick breakfast during the week. These pancakes normally make about 24 small pancakes or 16 big ones. If you want an even quicker breakfast then you could use all the pancake mix and freeze them for during the week. However you decide to eat them, as always, please enjoy.