Sunday, February 13, 2011

Chocolate Griddle Cakes

I went to a lot of trouble to make these chocolate griddle cakes, and neither grandson wanted them.  Too bad I had to eat mine and theirs.  There is a chocolate sauce that I didn't make that I will give you the recipe for, but personally, I am glad I didn't go to the extra trouble since it wasn't appreciated. Hope your valentine loves them more than mine.

1/2 cup Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
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
1. Sift together cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl, then whisk in eggs, yolk, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla until combined well.
2. Heat a griddle or nonstick skillet over moderately low heat and lightly coat with butter.
3. Working in batches of 2-3, pour 1/4 cup batter per cake onto hot griddle; cook until bubbles appear and surface, 1-2 minutes. Flip cakes with a large spatula; cook until tops spring back when pressed gently, about 1 minute more.
4. Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with foil to keep warm Add 1/2 teaspoon butter to griddle between batches.
Chocolate Sauce:
Bring 1 cup heavy cream to a boil in a 1-quart saucepan. Pour over 7 oz. bittersweet chocolate in a bowl. Whisk uintil smooth. Keep warm or at room temperature. 
5. Decorate with fruit such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and drizzle with chocolate sauce.  Yum!

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