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Chocolate Pancakes for Pancake Day

Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Just in case anyone’s missed it, today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day or in French, Mardi Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is an important day in the Christian calendar, being the last day before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins.  Traditionally, it is a day of celebration and feasting when all of the good things in the house are eaten up to make way for the long Lenten fast, including butter, eggs and milk. As we know, butter eggs and milk (with a little flour) make pancakes. So it’s easy to see how a tradition of making pancakes on Shrove Tuesday came about – reckoned to be at some point in the Middle Ages.

Tossing pancakes is all part of the fun. If you’re feeling energetic as a result of all those carbs, you can burn them off in a traditional pancake race: pancakes are carried in a frying pan and tossed at the start and finish of the race, with points given for the best flip. I was surprised to learn that the first one recorded was as far back as 1445 in Olney, Buckinghamshire.

The day cannot go unmarked and in time honoured tradition, I made pancakes for breakfast. In a slightly less traditional approach, I added cocoa and banana to my batter – more Mardi Gras in sunny Rio than in grey rainy Cornwall. The recipe for cocoa Scotch pancakes I’ve adapted from a new arrival on my bookshelf, Chocolate by Jennifer Donovan. A review will follow. As usual, I decided to go my own way: due to a surfeit of bananas, I substituted one for the sugar and also added a little cinnamon.

For a vegetarian savoury pancake idea, take a look at the Welsh pancakes I made for St David’s Day last weekend. Other pancake ideas I’ve tried can be found by clicking on the link.

This is how I made:

Chocolate Banana Scotch Pancakes

  • Whizzed a banana into 250ml milk with a hand held blender.
  • Sifted 250g flour (half wholemeal, half white) into a bowl together with 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp maca powder (for a mini health kick) and 1 tbsp cocoa powder.
  • Made a well in the centre and added a duck egg (can use large hen’s egg).
  • Stirred from the centre outward gradually adding the milk and incorporating the flour until all is well mixed.
  • Heated a frying pan over medium heat and added a small knob of butter.
  • Placed spoonfuls of batter on the frying pan and left to cook for a a couple of minutes or so, until bubbles started to appear on the surface of the batter.
  • Flipped the pancakes over and cooked for a further minute.
  • Kept warm in the oven until the batter was finished.
  • Served with nectarines and maple syrup.
Chocolate Scotch Pancakes

It’s not often we manage pancakes for breakfast on Shrove Tuesday, but fate was with us today. CT reckoned the pancakes were robust and hearty and not too sweet, just what was needed to set him up for the day. They had a real taste of the tropics with the chocolate and cinnamon flavours coming through loud and strong and the banana a faint undertow. I was really pleased I didn’t add any sugar to the mix as the pancakes were quite sweet enough from the banana and we were able to add maple syrup to suit individual preferences. The nectarines made for a surprisingly good combination and were a perfect foil for the carbohydrate laden pancakes giving freshness, acidity and added flavour.

There is still time to join in the pancake fun with Sainsbury’s who are offering four prizes for the best Twitter Pancake Selfie. Just tweet a photo of your pancake to @SainsburyPR and @Sainsburys including the hashtag #SainsbosPelfie by midnight on Tuesday 4th March. You will need to follow them both on Twitter too.

27 Comments

  1. Johanna GGG

    4th March 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I quite fancy some chocolate pancakes – though your welsh pancakes look delicious too. We have had a bad year for getting into shrove tuesday but I am planning to make some sort of pancakes soon to make some sort of amends

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  2. Kate D

    4th March 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Nice!!!! Chocolate pancakes are my sort of pancake……..Yummy….

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  3. Morgan @ Peaches, Please!

    4th March 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Looks delicious. I love how everyone made pancakes for today, except for me. I made doughnuts… (shakes head at self)

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  4. fiona maclean

    4th March 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I haven’t made pancakes OR doughnuts. I like chocolate on top of pancakes so perhaps I’d like it in the batter:)

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  5. Heidi Roberts

    4th March 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I like apples with my pancakes but my favourite fruit is blueberry!

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  6. belleau kitchen

    4th March 2014 at 11:32 pm

    We stuffed our faces with pancakes tonight. Mushroom and cheese followed by lemon and sugar. Classic but soooo tasty. Your chocolate ones look so luscious!!

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  7. prwilson

    5th March 2014 at 12:20 am

    I had far too many pancakes today.

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  8. Jo

    5th March 2014 at 12:30 am

    I love your twist on chocolate banana pancakes, especially since chocolate and banana is usually my favourite pancake filling. I didn’t make any pancakes today (although I ate two at my brother’s!) but I might make some tomorrow.

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  9. bangermashchat

    5th March 2014 at 7:01 am

    We make Scotch pancakes all the time, although for some reason we call them drop scones. But for some bizarre reason have never added chocolate. That’s about to change right now!

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  10. Katie

    5th March 2014 at 7:01 am

    These sound delicious, a great breakfast treat. Ive recently discovered that cinnamon and chocolate go well together, will have to try this. Bet the banana keeps them nicely soft and moist too

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  11. Sylvia F.

    5th March 2014 at 8:40 am

    These sound fabolous! Love pancakes in any form and after all these delicious crepes yesterday I’m suffering from pancake withdrawal 😀

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  12. Karen S Booth

    5th March 2014 at 8:50 am

    I knew you would make chocolate pancakes Choclette and these look delicious and the topping is wonderful!

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  13. Alison

    5th March 2014 at 11:43 am

    Now these look gorgeous, yum

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  14. Tina Anand

    5th March 2014 at 11:56 am

    These look delicious Choclette. I will be making pancakes tonight as we don’t eat meat, fish or eggs on Tuesday 🙁 You can imagine how jealous I was getting seeing everyone’s lovely pancake photos. Will be keeping it simple with a drizzle of lemon and sprinkle of sugar.

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  15. Deena Kakaya

    5th March 2014 at 1:32 pm

    There is no way anyone could resist those xx

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  16. Sarah Trivuncic

    5th March 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I prefer scotch pancakes to crepes – they’re easier to flip over! Loving the peach and chocolate combo 🙂

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  17. Nayna Kanabar

    5th March 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Love these chocolicious pancakes. They look delicious with the peaches.

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  18. Ren Behan

    5th March 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Ooh I need no excuse to make these, they look delicious!

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  19. Angie Schneider

    5th March 2014 at 7:27 pm

    These pancakes look so soft and delicious.

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  20. Baking Addict

    5th March 2014 at 10:38 pm

    I like the sound of chocolate and banana pancakes. I think you can guess what I’d like to add to it – peanut butter!

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  21. Janice Pattie

    6th March 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Loving the chocolate pancakes and with a fruit portion too – heavenly!

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  22. GG

    6th March 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Chocolate pancakes, really delicious. GG

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  23. Maya Russell

    7th March 2014 at 6:24 am

    I’ve never thought of putting chocolate powder into a pancake mixture. I’ll do that next time I make pancakes.

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  24. Jacqueline Meldrum

    9th March 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I love that you added banana to the pancakes Choclette. Chocolate and banana is a winning combo in my books.

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  25. Jane Sarchet

    10th March 2014 at 8:25 am

    Love the idea of chucking the banana into the batter mix, and of course the addition of chocolate is always going to be a crowd pleaser!
    Janie x

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  26. Lou, Eat Your Veg

    10th March 2014 at 11:46 am

    What’s not to love with choccie banana pancakes, I must admit to having not thought of adding choc to the pancake batter, but would be a sure hit with the monsters. Maybe next weekend!

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  27. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    11th March 2014 at 11:43 am

    Love the inclusion of the banana. You know me, add extra fruit or veg at every opportunity.

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