Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

This idea kind of stemmed from two things, one my craving for delicious pancakes and my family's love of all things bacon.  With as popular as the bacon/chocolate combo is these days I felt I needed to finally hitch myself to that particular bandwagon.  Before you totally reject this recipe, you know cause seriously bacon and chocolate is weird in pancakes, I must tell you I slaved over this one.  I sort of wrote it myself...well I used an old hand written pancake recipe scribbled into one of my notepads and tweaked it until it tasted just right...and now that I have guilted you all into reading further...I think you should all try it too!

Now, I doubt it is truly a nutritious breakfast, but it was a special treat and we all enjoyed it very much.  The trick is, sigh...don't judge me, the trick is to put actual bacon grease in the pancakes in order to provide more bacon-y flavor.  You should all try it at least once.  They are delicious and lots of fun to make with the whole family!

Whisk together your dry ingredients.

Add in the wet ingredients and whisk until there are only small lumps left.

Like this!

Add in bacon pieces and mini chocolate chips.

Mix well...

Cook on a preheated skillet until small bubbles appear.

Flip and cook until lightly browned on each side and cooked through.

Top with maple or chocolate syrup and serve!

Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Makes about 12-18 full size pancakes depending on size

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cup milk
1 egg
3 Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/4 cup bacon grease
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
4 pieces bacon, chopped

Start by cooking up about 1/2 a package of bacon.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.  Whisk in the milk, egg, melted butter, vanilla and bacon grease.  The mixture will have some small lumps but will be mostly smooth when done.  Stir in the mini chocolate chips and bacon pieces.

Pour 1/2 cup or so of the batter into a preheated skillet and cook until bubbles begin to appear. Flip over and allow to cook until both sides are lightly browned and the pancake is cooked through.  Serve with maple or chocolate syrup, fresh fruit and extra bacon along side!

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