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Café Mocha Pancakes for One

 

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A couple of years ago I posted my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte Pancakes for One, and I’m back now with another coffee house-inspired stack of ‘cakes.

I’ve actually never had a café mocha before, but how could chocolate-infused coffee be anything other than fantastic? The two ingredients go beautifully well together, and coffee is often incorporated into chocolate desserts to bring out the flavor.

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Although these pancakes do call for both espresso powder and brewed coffee, the coffee flavor is subtle… allowing the cocoa flavor to shine.

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A tall stack of these fluffy pancakes were just what the doctor ordered after a wakeful night with Lily. Comfort food with a caffeine perk that isn’t loaded with sugar & that fueled me through a morning of chasing around a mobile 9 month old? I’ll take it!

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Café Mocha Pancakes for One

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • tiny pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder + extra for garnish, optional
  • 1/4 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 Tbsp buttermilk powder (see starred explanation, below)
  • 1 egg white
  • tiny splash pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp butter

Instructions

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, espresso powder, and buttermilk powder.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white, vanilla extract, coffee, and water.

Stir dry ingredients into the wet just until moistened. Set aside to rest.

Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Melt butter on griddle or skillet.

When hot, spoon the batter into the skillet by the 1/4 cupful.

When bubbles appear on the surface of the batter, (about 1-2 minutes), the pancakes are ready to be flipped.

Flip pancakes and let cook for another minute or so, or until done.

Place a spoonful of cocoa powder into a fine mesh sieve and dust over top of the pancakes, if desired.

*You’ll notice in the ingredient list that I used buttermilk powder rather than regular buttermilk; I did not do this to frustrate you! My standard pancakes-for-one recipe calls for 1/2 cup of buttermilk, but I knew I wanted to use brewed coffee as part of the liquid for these particular ‘cakes. I suppose you could use 1/4 cup coffee and 1/4 cup buttermilk, but then you would be sacrificing some of that tangy buttermilk flavor that I so love in pancakes.The way buttermilk powder works is as follows: to replace 1/2 cup of buttermilk in a recipe, add 2 Tbsp buttermilk powder to the dry ingredients, and 1/2 cup water to the wet ingredients. Therefore, in this recipe, I still used the amount of buttermilk powder to equal 1/2 cup of buttermilk, but I was also able to use coffee in the liquid ingredients.

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4 thoughts on “Café Mocha Pancakes for One

  1. Yum, sounds amazing! Unfortunately buttermilk (or buttermilk powder) doesn’t really exist in France, so I normally do the regular milk + lemon juice substitution. Not sure how it would work for these, though, I should give it a try!

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