Chocolate Espresso Pancakes With Raspberry Coulis

Filed under: Breakfast - Pancakes, Brunch, Dessert, Fruits - Berries, Holiday - Valentine's Day, Romantic Recipes.

A light dessert turned rich, decadent breakfast, this recipe is sure to delight and impress your chocoholic sweetheart. Chocolate, raspberries, and coffee—all known for their aphrodisiac properties—are prominently featured in this oh-so-adult temptation.

2C All-purpose Flour
3T Sugar
1 t Salt
1 t Baking Powder
1/2 t Baking Soda
1/2 C Cocoa Powder
1 t Orange zest or dried orange peel
1/2 C Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
4 T Unsalted Butter, melted
2 Large Eggs, separated (separating is optional, but will give a lighter texture and keep the pancakes from being too rich—real chocoholics won't mind the richness)
1 1/2 C Buttermilk
1/2 C Brewed Espresso or Strong coffee
1 T Coffee Liqueur (optional)
1 t Vanilla Extract
2 1/2C Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4C Sugar
1 t lemon juice

Sift together 1st 6 ingredients
Stir in orange zest and chocolate chips
In a separate bowl combine butter, egg (yolks), buttermilk, espresso, vanilla, & liqueur and whisk well
Pour wet ingredients into dry and whisk just until combined. Do not over-mix!
In a clean bowl, whip egg whites until fluffy
Gently fold egg whites into batter, being careful not to deflate whites. Don't fully incorporate whites into batter; some streaks are OK
Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle to medium
In a blender, combine raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth
Pour coulis through a fine strainer, pushing against the sides with a rubber spatula until all of the liquid runs through
Brush a thin layer of butter on griddle
Using an ice cream scoop, portion out each pancake and release onto griddle
When edges begin to set, gently flip each pancake and cook for another minute or so, or until set around edges
Serve with whipped cream (or vanilla ice cream!),raspberry coulis, & fresh raspberries

Recipe Summary:
Yield: 12 pancakes
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Recipe Provided By:
Strawberry Creek Inn B&B
Idyllwild, CA

Idyllwild Bed and Breakfast Inns