I’ve made a lot of over the top pancake recipes that resemble dessert more than breakfast, but these German Chocolate Pancakes really take the cake. The classic southern cake is turned into a truly decadent breakfast with these German Chocolate Pancakes.
I saw these pancakes in a Southern Living magazine a while back and after I wiped the drool off the page, I ripped it out to put in my “Recipes to Try” pile.
Chocolate pancakes are covered in a German Chocolate Syrup that resembles the icing that’s typically on a German Chocolate Cake. It’s amazingly sweet and rich.
These pancakes are probably too decadent to eat for breakfast. They’re maybe more suitable for dessert or a special brunch.
The pancakes have plenty of chocolate flavor from two types of chocolate- cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips. The crunch of pecans and chewy texture of shredded coconut, all covered in a supremely sweet and rich syrup is what really makes these pancakes. So much so that I changed the recipe some to make certain thee was plenty of this thick and gooey syrup.
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German Chocolate Pancakes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
German Chocolate Syrup
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Make German Chocolate Syrup. Combine evaporated milk, brown sugar, butter, and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens somewhat, about 8 to 10 minutes. (It will thicken much more as it cools some.)
- Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut.
- Make pancakes. In a large bowl, whisk together first 5 ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and eggs.
- Pour egg mixture into flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Heat a griddle or large nonstick pan over medium heat. Lightly coat with oil or melted butter. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on surface, flip and cook until done.
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Recipe adapted from Southern Living