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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

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