You know what's the best thing in the world?
Well, yes, that is high on the list, but this is a family blog so I won't write that here. No, the answer I was looking for is "breakfast for dinner."
With that in mind, here is a recipe for pancakes that are really, really not good for you but you really, really won't care when they're ready.
TRIPLE CHOCOLATE PANCAKES
For the pancakes:
2 egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/3 c. milk (more if the batter is too thick)
2 egg whites, whipped
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. cocoa powder
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3 1/2 ounces chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter or oil for cooking
For the chocolate ganache:
1 c. heavy cream
8 ounces chocolate chips
1. In a large bowl, mix together egg yolks and sugar. While whisking, add milk.
2. Carefully fold in whipped egg whites with a spoon instead of a whisk.
3. Mix the melted butter and vanilla into the egg mixture.
4. In another large bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together.
5. Form a little well in the middle of the flour/cocoa mixture and pour the egg mixture into the center. Stir until the batter is smooth.
6. Mix in the chopped chocolate, let the batter sit for 15-20 minutes.
7. To make the ganache, heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan without letting it come to a boil.
8. Remove from the heat once hot (but not boiling), add the chocolate chips and mix until perfectly smooth.
9. Over low to medium heat, pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto a well-oiled pan.
10. When bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancake, flip over and cook for a minute on the other side.
11. When the pancakes are ready, pour the chocolate ganache over the top (note: if the ganache has hardened while making the pancakes, you can microwave it for 15-20 seconds).
12. Garnish with fresh raspberries (again, optional, but tasty and optional).
Well, that's my dinner tonight. How about y'all? Compare notes in the comments section below.