Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Good Morning Love…Olive Oil Pancakes!

Pancakes are a favorite breakfast fare in the Lazaro Cooks! household. Sometimes it can get quite frightening the sheer volume of cakes we parachute down our gullets. Yes…I said olive oil pancakes…we will get there don’t you worry. By the way, chocolate is another nice accoutrement these babies pack.



Most pancakes are made with butter. Not these. For this recipe I use olive oil in the batter and olive oil on the griddle. Look, I of all people, have nothing against butter. On the contrary, I fancy it. When I go to the market I buy a 4-pack of butter even if I don’t need it. Occasionally when I’m bored I take the butter out the fridge and hug it. Is that strange?

In reality this is a variation of a Spanish recipe called ‘Tortillas de Aceite.’ Olive oil is a bit more diet-friendly, while offering a distinctly unique flavor. The rest of these poshed-up flapjacks are grated semisweet chocolate, edible flowers, blueberries, and…

I love maple syrup, maple, maple syrup. Mmm Mmm Mmm. Here it goes down, down into my belly…If you didn’t see Anchorman…sorry you’re not going to get it. Maple syrup, preferably from Vermont, is a breakfast staple and goes gloriously with these pancakes.

Plate these up this weekend for your significant other. Who knows you might just get lucky.

Olive Oil Pancakes with Chocolate

For the Batter:
4 oz chopped semisweet chocolate
1 ½ cups flour
2 tbs cane sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
Sea salt
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1 egg whole – beaten
1 ½ tbs good olive oil

For the Garnish:
1 oz semisweet chocolate (for grating)
Maple syrup
Edible flowers
Blueberries

In a large bowl, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of sea salt.

In the center pour the buttermilk. Then add the egg and the olive oil. Starting at the center, slowly whisk the ingredients together. DO NOT OVER MIX. It’s ok if you have some lumps. Stir in the chopped chocolate.

Grease the griddle with olive oil. If you don’t have a griddle, this is a very good one...Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle.  Watch the bottom of the pancake, when it’s nicely browned, turn it. Do not let it BURN...BURN NO GOOD!

Stack the pancakes on the center of the plate. Drizzle the maple syrup. Grate the chocolate over like softly falling snow. Arrange the edible flowers and the blueberries. Job done!

That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!

30 comments:

  1. Four please!!! And don't spare the chocolate! Gorgeous presentation. I love edible flowers on food - so pretty and perfect for spring or summer!

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  2. Denise...That's high praise from someone who's on Food Buzz Top 9. Thank you for the love. 4 on the pass just for you!

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  3. I am curious about the olive oil in the recipe, but I am sure it tastes wonderful

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  4. Madre mia ... I've never heard of olive oil pancakes but they sure look and sound delicious! I too love the edible flower touch, it reminds me of Hawaii and Bali. Speaking of edible flowers, have you ever cooked using squash blossoms? Squash blossoms are quite popular in Mexican cooking, I remember eating them and nopales quite a bit as a kid at grandmas. You've inspired me to make a squash blossom meal ... once my blossoms blossom, I will whip something up and post!

    Good job on the pancakes primo!

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  5. Prima...I love squash blossoms. I've had them stuffed with cheese...Very tasty! I thought the edible flowers brought the plate to life. Something beautiful to wake up to. Thank you!

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  6. Silvia...The olive oil works. Give it a try. Have a great day!

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  7. We had some pancakes yesterday for the DINNER. :-)
    Next time gotta try your recipe with olive oil.

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  8. This sounds like a really interesting variation. The butter is usually melted in pancake recipes, anyway. I like the sound of pancakes and chocolate in the morning!

    Oh, I kind of view butter in the fridge like some people do money in the bank account. I just feel better when I see butter, as weird as that sounds!

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  9. These would get me out of bed in a hurry! I might even wake up early. These are heavenly with chocolate chips and blueberrie! Almost like dessert.

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  10. Christina...we are right there on the butter you and I. Butter makes me feel safe and warm at night. Happy Running. Day 2 for me....

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  11. Cinnamon-Girl...The combo of chocolate, blueberries, and maple syrup...just cannot be beat. Love it. Thanks for the kind words.

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  12. Angie's Recipes...I also had pancakes for dinner yesterday. Isn't it great being an adult? Breakfast for dinner. Thank you for stopping by.

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  13. Wow!!!! all this reccipe's are new to me.. but they looks so tempting... Thanks.:-)
    http://rumanarawat.blogspot.com/

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  14. You can never go wrong with olive oil! Those pancakes are beautiful!

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  15. Rumana Rawat...Thank you for stopping by.

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  16. Travel Eat Love...Thank you for the kind words.

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  17. Thanks for your kind words on my blog! So nice. Alright, I love the use of olive oil as a fat in pancakes, I think we all get so caught up on appropriate fats for sweet dishes but it's really about flavor and how it reacts within. So I am definitely going to try these out, delightful plating and I really look forward to following you on here! Thanks again, and btw- also have to try your Pad Thai recipe below. AWESOME.

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  18. It's been so long since I've eaten pancakes, and now looking at your picture I really want some, even for dinner :-).
    Love the idea of adding chopped chocolate to the batter!

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  19. Allie...Thank you. You do have a wonderful blog.

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  20. Cooking Rookie...The chopped chocolate really does make a difference. Pancakes for dinner = awesome!

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  21. This is a beautiful pancake recipe. I really love the idea of using olive oil in the batter. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. that pancake is so colorful! ur sucha pro chef! need to learn from you ;)

    jen from www.passion4food.ca

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  23. jenny...Thank you for the kind words. I know that we are all here to learn from each other.

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  24. Book marking! This could be made vegan with few modifications too! Love it! Thank you :)

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  25. Erica...Thank you for the kind words. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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  26. I can totally understand adding olive oil. And I adore butter as well!! They look amazing.

    Thanks for your visit!

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  27. Live.Love.Eat...Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Olive Oil just adds a different dimension. Butter is the best!

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  28. That looks really interesting. I love olive oil in baked goods. By the way, your cat is adorable.

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  29. Your pancakes look almost too good to eat! Almost. Who can resist pancakes? My family loves to cook with olive oil. I passed your link on to my sister. We are both planning to cook your pancakes for our families this weekend.

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