Chocolate loves strawberries.  Chocolate also loves orange.  Why keep these three lovers apart?  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I bring the three together in the recipe for Orange and Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries.  


Last time I tried to make buttermilk pancakes (Apple and Bacon Pancakes) the store was out of  buttermilk. Luckily, this time around, the stars were aligned.  I picked up a carton of buttermilk, along with a pint of strawberries ~ everything else for this recipe was already awaiting in my refrigerator and pantry.

Share this for breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner with the one you love.

Orange and Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries 


Ingredients


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
zest of 1 orange
pinch of salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
semi-sweet chocolate chips
sliced strawberries
pure maple syrup, warmed
powdered sugar

Directions

1.  In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients and orange zest.  Add the wet ingredients and whisk to combine.

2.  Heat a large pan over medium high heat.  Add a little bit of oil, enough to cover the bottom of the pan, and allow the oil to warm up.

3.  Use a measuring cup (1/4 c) or a small ladle to pour pancakes.  Cook them for 4-5 minutes on each side.  Once the batter begins to set up, sprinkle the pancakes with chocolate chips.

Once bubbles appear on the surface of the pancakes, you know it is time to flip them.  Be sure to flip away from you to prevent any oil splattering.

4.  Add a little bit of oil to the pan between the batches.  Serve the pancakes hot, with a drizzle of hot syrup and sliced strawberries.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.



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