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RECIPE #4962 MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES Tue. Feb. 12, 2013

RECIPE #4962 MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES Tue. Feb. 12, 2013

CREATED Feb 12, 2013

LINDSAY LANDIS / COOKBOOK AUTHOR "BREAKFAST FOR DINNER"

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
and cooled to lukewarm,
plus more for cooking
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract*
3 to 4 drops green food coloring (optional)
3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips, plus more for topping
Whipped cream, for serving
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Store-bought or homemade hot fudge sauce (page 149), for serving
*Mint and peppermint extracts are similar but not identical in flavor. Mint extract typically contains both peppermint and spearmint, whereas pure peppermint is popular in holiday treats like candy canes. Use whichever minty extract you prefer.

1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.

2. Whisk together buttermilk, egg, butter, extracts, and food coloring (if using) in a small bowl. Add to dry
ingredients and stir until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter; it should sizzle and melt almost immediately. Ladle 1/4 cup of pancake batter into skillet for each pancake, taking care not to let the pancakes run together. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until bottom is golden brown and edges begin to bubble, then carefully flip and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to plates. Repeat with remaining batter.

4. Serve warm with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and more chocolate chips, if
desired. Pancakes Inspired by Ice Creams -Candy Cane Pancakes: Replace mint extract with peppermint extract. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped candy canes along with or in place of chocolate chips. Use red food coloring instead of green.

-Almond Chip Pancakes: Replace mint extract with almond extract. Add 1/4 cup chopped almonds to
batter. Omit food coloring.

-Plain Old Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Omit mint extract and increase vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon; omit food coloring.

* For more recipe ideas check out Lindsay's blog www.loveandoliveoil.com