Chocolate for dinner: Why not?

By | July 8, 2011

Okay, maybe not all of that confectioner’s sugar was actually needed.

I’m the cook, so what I say, goes.

And if I say we’re having chocolate for dinner — well, that makes it an absolutely logical meal choice.

Tonight was one of those nights. It’s the end of a long week, we’re moving in a few days, and we have a really full Shabbos coming up. (It’ll be really good — Abba’s coming over!! — but very busy.) All of which pointed to the need for a chocolatey dinner.

Luckily, I had a halfway reasonable plan, and it isn’t the first time I’ve used it: chocolate pancakes.

I tried two other (non-chocolate) pancake recipes before this one, and was disappointed with both. I couldn’t imagine why it was so hard to get them right. But then I made Norene Gilletz’s chocolate pancakes, and all was well with the world once more.

Here are 5 things I love about this recipe, other than the taste:

1. I love that it calls for just 3 tablespoons of sugar. This way, I have an easier time justifying the dinner menu.

2. I love how the batter cooks up so well in my nonstick skillet. It’s quick, and it’s not messy. They flip perfectly.

3. I love that it uses up a ¼ cup of cocoa powder at a time. See, I bought a new bag of cocoa after Pesach, thinking it would be great for chocolate milk. (I get myself to drink milk by adding just a bit of chocolate powder…yes, I’m still a little kid.)

Sadly, the powder turned out to be terrible for chocolate milk because the stuff just won’t disintegrate, and I didn’t know what to do with it. Until these pancakes came along.

4. I love dusting them with confectioner’s sugar right before bringing them to the table. It may not be the healthiest touch, but it sure is fun. And I personally believe you should have fun with your food whenever possible.

5. I love being able to eat the leftovers for breakfast. Since I don’t really ever eat a normal breakfast, it’s wonderful to have pancakes waiting for me in the fridge. And they’re not bad cold, either.

When I serve these with scrambled eggs and cut-up melon, it’s a pretty cute dinner. What about you? Do you ever do breakfast for dinner? What are your go-to foods for a laid-back meal?


4 Comments

Bob Katz on August 10, 2011 at 3:40 am.

Has Aaron grown to like chocolatey stuff more than meat?

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Tali Simon on August 10, 2011 at 8:58 am.

Let’s just say that as Tisha B’Av was drawing to a close, I was probably the only one with a husband craving dairy. :)

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Miriam on November 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm.

For the record, these are a big hit with the 2-4 demographic. (But my batter was very runny, and so was hard to flip. Do you know what I did wrong? At least the kids didn’t seem to mind eating pancakes that weren’t perfect circles.)

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Tali Simon on November 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm.

Weird. I’ve made these several times and don’t think I’ve ever had a too-runny batter, though it isn’t by any means a thick batter. It does need to be continually stirred during the pancake-making process, but that’s more to make sure the chocolate chips get evenly distributed than anything else.

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