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Pancakes with Chocolate Gravy


Pancakes are for the weekends….or weekends are for pancakes?!?  Either way, you should have pancakes this weekend.  I’ve been using Martha Stewart’s Basic Pancake Recipe from her test kitchen.  Sounds so official doesn’t it?  I read a book by Dalia Jurgensen called Spiced, where at one point in her life, she had a job in Martha Stewart’s test kitchen.  And you guessed it, she tested recipes and made food at different stages in preparation for Martha’s show on TV.  Sounds like a pretty sweet gig to me.

Back to the pancakes.  I’ve been using all white flour, but for this instance I used half white and half whole wheat.  These pancakes were special because we topped them with Chocolate Gravy.

The Chocolate Gravy recipe comes from the kitchen of Beatrice Hoover Hill (Vee’s grandmother).  Vee’s dad gave me the recipe and said that his family grew up eating biscuits topped with chocolate gravy.

I decided pancakes were biscuit-like enough and we three musketeers set into action.

While I made the pancakes, the oven baked the bacon, and Vee stirred the gravy.

Charlie supervised, because you know, he’s an expert at making chocolate gravy and all.

I was expecting the chocolate gravy to taste more like chocolate syrup, but SURPRISE, it actually tasted like traditional gravy with a hint of chocolate.  It was good on the pancakes and wasn’t overly sweet at all.  It will gel like pudding if you put it in the fridge, but doesn’t really make a good pudding because you can still taste the flour.  It is a gravy after all.

Chocolate Gravy

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 heaping Tablespoons flour
  • 2 rounded Tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups milk

Whisk the dry ingredients together, then add the milk.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Will thicken as it comes to a boil.  Let boil until it reaches the thickness you like.

Thanks for sharing Dr. Hill! 🙂