Rich chocolate pancakes, served with a delicious fruity cherry sauce and a good dollop of cream. These black forest pancakes are an extravagant but welcome breakfast treat!
A few weeks ago I had one of those moments when you question whether you are actually fit to be 'adulating' let alone 'parenting'.
It was a school morning, but I had been working late the night before, I had crawled into bed just before 3:30am and then I couldn't sleep. I saw the clock hit 4:50 but that is the last thing I remember! So at 6:55am when the alarm went off I was not in the mood to embrace the day. A few presses of the snooze button and suddenly it was after 7:30 and we were off to a pretty late start!!!!
My boys are pretty good, I lay their uniforms out the night before so they always get dressed when they wake up, but never their socks!!! And I can honestly say that putting shoes and socks on takes 20 minutes. I don't know what the issue is!!! If I say "Shoes and socks on" once, I must say it 10 times!!!!!!
So after the bazilyionth (who knew that was a real word!!!!!!!!!) time I was starting to lose the calm peaceful Mary Poppins demeanour and hitting levels of Cruella Di Vil style ranting!!!!
Finally two kids in the car, both of whom are silent for fear that my eyes will turn red (tell me you have seen the original 101 dalmatians!!!! - Otherwise I just sound like a crazy lady 😉 ) Finally about 10 minutes down the road there is a squeak and I hear "Mummy we haven't had breakfast!"
"Silent swearing" as I swing into the servo and pick up a packet of scotch fingers and two apple yoghurt pouches. Oh and an extra large coffee for me!!! Breakfast cost me about 20 bucks, but hey, the kids were fed!
Only issue is that biscuits for breakfast is a bit of a big deal so they shared with everyone!!!!!!! Yup I am the food blogger who had to walk into school that afternoon after feeding my kids service station biscuits for breakfast. Parent of the year award???? Maybe 😉
So to make up for it, that weekend I made them an extra special breakfast. Chocolate pancakes with a cherry sauce. Black forest gateau in breakfast form. It has taken me a few weeks to share, as I wasn't sure I wanted the world to know that I fed my children biscuits for breakfast! But hey, we are all human, we all have those days and seriously as my post on Old Bay Seasoning tells you, school drop off isn't always the prettiest time of the day.
But hey, that Sunday breakfast was a pretty and happy time. Because, well chocolate pancakes!!!! How can that not make you happy!!!!
P.s Tell me I am not the only one who finds this adulting lark hard some days!?!?!
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Black Forest Pancakes
For the Cherry Sauce
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp cornflour
- ¼ cup water
For the pancakes
- 1 egg
- 250 ml /1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp cherry brandy/cherry juice
- 210 g /1 ⅓ cups plain flour
- 50 g /1/4 cup raw sugar
- 20 g /1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 45 g /3 tbsp melted butter (salted)
- Thick double cream (to serve)
Start by making the cherry sauce.
- Tip the cherries and sugar into a small pan and heat gently.
- Mix the cornflour and water together, then add to the cherries.
- Cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes until thickened and glossy.
- (If you aren't feeding children a shot of cherry brandy at this point is fab!!)
To make the pancakes
- Pour the milk, egg, vanilla and cherry brandy into a large bowl (or bowl of your stand mixer).
- Whisk on low speed to break the egg.
- Add the flour, sugar and cocoa powder.
- Mix until just combined, then pour in the melted butter and mix again to incorporate.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and use a silicone pastry brush to lightly coat the bottom with butter (see notes).
- Measure ⅓ of a cup of the mixture into the pan and let it cook until the surface starts to bubble. Carefully flip and cook for another minute or so. Each pancake will take about 4 minutes in total.
- Repeat for the remaining batter. (as many pancakes as you can fit in the pan at once)
- Serve with cherry sauce and a big spoon of cream.