I dream about food. In fact, sometimes my waking dreams about food are so intense that I grab my phone and search for a recipe just to be sure that there is such a delicious thing in existence, unable to trust the ethereal matter that wove itself around my brain in my non-waking hours.
Sunday morning was such a day. I woke with a yen to make pancakes. Not for me, I am a rather stubbornly boring breakfast eater and will find something I like and latch onto it, consuming the same rice porridge for about six months until I happen to suddenly become enamoured of another a.m. food. No, these pancakes were intended for my Dad. The man who will unashamedly layer ice-cream and whipped cream onto his breakfast and devour it with gusto. He is my favourite pancake eater, and it has been a while since I made this breakfast treat. So Chocolate ‘Man-cakes’ were born.
These fluffy creations are a subtle merging of cocoa and a hint of coffee and are brilliant when slathered with jam, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, Nutella, or in true Dad-fashion, with ice cream and whipped cream.
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee powder
2 eggs, separated
- In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and 3 tablespoons sugar.
- Dissolve coffee powder in a small amount of the milk, then add the rest of the milk. To this add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat well to combine.
- Place egg whites in a bowl with 1 tablespoon sugar and beat to medium soft peaks.
- Add milk mixture to flour mixture and whisk until smooth.
- Add a third of the egg white mixture to the batter and fold until incorporated. Then fold in the remaining egg whites.
- Heat a large fry pan and spray with oil. Pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto pan.
- Bubbles will begin to appear on the surface of the mixture. When most bubbles have broken then flip the pancake and cook on the other side for 30 seconds.
- Place cooked pancakes on a plate and keep this covered while cooking the rest of the mixture.
- Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, fruit, jam, or any kind of delicious sauce you have in the cupboard!
The rest of our sweet Sunday was spent reclining and reading a stack of second hand food magazines that I unearthed on Saturday. In the afternoon Jess and I went for a wonderful walk in between the rain showers. Now, I’m off to browse some more fabulous food to fuel my dreams…