Feb 14, 2012

Red Velvet Valentines Pancakes

Blair and I celebrated our personal Valentine's Day yesterday, on Monday, Feb. 13th. This morning, on the actual Valentines Day, he had to go into work really early because of a big inspection he has going on this week.  Plus, we have our Bible study Valentine's Day Italian dinner party tonight.  So, we celebrated a day early.  And it was really fun!

We started the morning off right with Red Velvet Valentines Pancakes.  Yummy!  I first heard about them here, and knew I had to give them a shot.

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cups buttermilk*
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons red food coloring
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips  (you can use whatever kind you like best. I used dark chocolate chips.)
*I used buttermilk substitute.  Pour 1.5 tablespoons of lemon juice into a measuring cup.  Add enough milk to bring the juice/milk mixture to 1.5 cups.  Let this sit for 5-10 minutes.  Then use as recipe directs.*
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  In a separate bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, sour cream, food coloring and vanilla. 
Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
Add wet ingredients to dry, and mix just until combined.  Add chocolate chips and fold in batter.
Pour about 1/3 cup onto medium/high griddle and lightly brown on both sides.
 I also wanted to try to make two heart pancakes.   I used a heart-shaped metal cookie cutter, and poured a small amount of dough into it.  *Don't fill it all the way up, because it puffs up and will overflow as it starts to cook.
 Flip the pancake while it is still in the cookie cutter.  If you try to take it off before it's flipped, it will ooze over the edges.

Sprinkle powdered sugar on top and serve with maple syrup.

Enjoy!  I know my husband and I sure did.  Very tasty, indeed!

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