Recipe of the week: chocolate filled American pancakes

Recipe of the week: chocolate filled American pancakes
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With it being pancake day next week I had to include my favourite pancake recipe with you. For years we were the bog standard thin and crispy kind of pancake family. A bit of lemon and sugar and we were happy. Then, when I was pregnant with Miss Belle, and after watching an episode of Masterchef, I had a craving for American style pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. I found a brilliant John Torode recipe for light and fluffy buttermilk pancakes. I’ve adapted the recipe to add in chocolate, because, as we all know by now, nothing can’t be improved with chocolate. So move over boring pancakes, here come my absolute winners for pancake day – Chocolate filled American pancakes.

Chocolate filled American pancakes

Serves: Makes 8


350g/12oz self-raising flour

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

2 tbsp caster sugar

200ml/7fl oz buttermilk

400ml/14fl oz semi-skimmed milk

2 free-range eggs

100g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for frying

400g fresh strawberries

50g dark chocolate

Nutella or a pack of milk chocolate chips – as much as you desire!


In a microwave melt the dark chocolate in 10 second blasts and stir until all melted. Leave to one side.

In a big bowl sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda then add the sugar and a pinch of salt.

In another jug measure out the milk, then add the buttermilk, eggs and melted butter. Mix with a whisk then add to the flour.

Melt a small knob of butter in a frying pan over a high heat and add a ladle of pancake batter. One ladle makes quite a big pancake!

Turn the heat down to medium and sprinkle in chocolate chips or you can dot in spoonfuls of nutella. Then drizzle a bit more batter over the chocolate to seal it. Cook for about a minute on this side until the top starts to bubble.

Turn over and cook for another minute until a nice golden brown on both sides.

If you’re serving more than one at a time, put in a low oven to keep warm whilst you make the rest up.

I prefer to eat them piping hot and fresh. Drizzle the melted dark chocolate over the pancake. Top with fresh strawberries or chopped banana and some squirty cream from a can, if you wish.

These also work well with maple syrup and streaky bacon of course!

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Chocolate Filled American Pancakes

Like the look of this? You might like my recipe for Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate cookies too!

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  1. 22nd February 2017 / 6:54 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmm these look amazing!!! however I am useless at making pancakes and always buy ready made as i cant even do the mixture pancakes hahaha! #familyfun

    • thisismenow
      22nd February 2017 / 6:57 pm

      Oh but these are easy!!

  2. 23rd February 2017 / 10:16 am

    What a delicious recipe! We might be brace and try and make our pancakes from scratch next week! #sharingthebloglove #bloggerclubuk

  3. 23rd February 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Yummy yummy! I love buttermilk pancakes. Also loving your new look blog! x

    • thisismenow
      23rd February 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Ah thanks! X

  4. 23rd February 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Oh these look soooooo good. This is going on my pinterest board!

  5. 24th February 2017 / 12:04 pm

    When it comes to pancakes I’m exactly like your previous self – lemon and sugar and nice and thin! But having said that I’m a huge fan of chocolate and I do like the fluffy American pancakes. I think I’ll stick to tradition for pancake day but maybe try these as a weekend treat. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  6. 24th February 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Yummy this looks amazing!!! Love pancakes, can’t wait till the big day!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  7. 24th February 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Oh this is like my perfect food. I love pancakes especially with chocolate or more specifically Nutella! I will absolutely be making this at home – no doubt my little chocolate fiends will love them too! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun x

  8. 25th February 2017 / 10:14 am

    I like American pancakes better than English or French style ones, but I find it hard to find good recipes for them with UK measurements and ingredients. These sound great to try and my kids will appreciate the addition of chocolate! #foodiefriday

  9. 25th February 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Mmmm, yummy. I love American style pancakes. I am planning to do chestnut purée filled ones this Shrove Tuesday. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • thisismenow
      25th February 2017 / 3:08 pm

      Oooh I’m not really into chestnuts but enjoy! Thanks for reading x

  10. 28th February 2017 / 11:06 am

    These look gorgeous but not good for my waistline!! #familyfunlinky

  11. 28th February 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Like you I am a lemon and sugar kind of girl! But my husband would love these and my eldest daughter too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  12. Caroline
    28th February 2017 / 7:39 pm

    These look amazing susie xxx my kids love pancakes it’s a bit of a Sunday treat in our house x

    • thisismenow
      28th February 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Yeh we rarely have them! But when we do these are goooood!

  13. 1st March 2017 / 7:59 am

    YES! I love American pancakes (obviously because I’m from America haha), slap some bacon and maple syrup on it and I am the happiest person alive lol. My friend bought me aunt Jemima pancake mix, you know the one where you just add water? You’ve inspired me to make more pancakes today! Thanks for sharing with #stayclassymama!

  14. 3rd March 2017 / 12:18 am

    We love pancakes but I have never tried making American style ones, but I think I might now these look lovely

    Thank you for joining #FoodieFriday

  15. 3rd March 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Ooh yummy! We love pancakes but didn’t have any sweet ones this week, instead opting for Brie and Grapes. Sounds bizarre, but they were lovely. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • thisismenow
      3rd March 2017 / 6:04 pm

      Ooooh brie and grapes sounds a good combination!!

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