How to make chocolate porter pancakes

Weekend’s are the stuff of dreams; not only can you can lie in, you can also treat yourself to a nice beer and good comfort food that may not be a part of your New Year’s resolution diet. The best part about having a lie in longer than a Woolly Mammoth’s trunk is that when you wake up, the sun is over the yardarm. Therefore you can crack open a beer without being frowned upon and as you’ve just woken up, it’s obviously still breakfast time and that means beer for breakfast. This recipe for chocolate chip porter pancakes combines both eating good food and even better beer and so it is the perfect weekend breakfast treat.

The recipe comes courtesy of one of the best Christmas presents I opened from my ever so loving and thoughtful girlfriend; The Craft Beer Cookbook, written by goddess Jacquelyn Dodd. All you need is:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup porter (Jacquelyn suggests a smoked porter but I went with Otley’s 06 Porter as the notes of chocolate compliment the pancakes perfectly)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips
Remember not to make my previous mistake and use a proper measuring cup as opposed to any old cup (Photo attributed to Jordan Harris)

Remember not to make my previous mistake and use a proper measuring cup as opposed to any old cup (Photo attributed to Jordan Harris)

First mix the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl.

Whisk together the eggs and porter in a separate bowl, then add the melted butter, vanilla and milk and then whisk until they are combined.

Make a little well in the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients, and then stir until it is all combined. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

Whack a little bit of butter into a frying pan and put some of the butter into the pan. Cook until the underside has browned and then flip the little guy.

Do the same until you’ve used all of the batter and dig in!

If you’re sharing these, here’s a top tip for you; the problem with cooking pancakes is that the first one nearly always fails, therefore give the first one to your girlfriend, mother, dog, whoever. Therefore you get the better ones. Another benefit of this is that all the chocolate chips have sunk to the bottom of the batter and if you get the last one, not only do you look like the most chivalrous and generous person ever, you get the fluffiest, most chocolatey pancake ever. No need to thank me.

Which beer did you use? Let us know and send in a pic in the comments below or on Twitter.

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