Chocolate pancakes with blueberry sauce and ranch flavored coleslaw

ranch flavored Coleslaw

Today is the reveal of our Secret recipe club assignment.This month was extra special because I was assigned the heritage cook.

Jane, the wonderfully talented and passionate lady behind this blog was our secret recipe group hostess. She has always been extra kind and supportive of the whole group. Her passion and excitement for each challenge was contagious. Sadly, Jane decided to step down  from leading “group A”   and I was lucky enough to be assigned her blog.

Jane, in addition to being our group hostess is  a food and travel writer, recipe developer, editor and tester, event manager, passionate baker and cook.

I love how she sums up the motivation behind her blog :”At The Heritage Cook I share my passions, memories, and years of experience in the kitchen enticing people to get back in the kitchen and helping them become as ardent about cooking and baking as I am. Recent generations are no longer being taught how to cook and have become dependent on fast food restaurants and frozen prepared foods. This is not only unhealthy, but we are losing touch with the pleasures of freshly prepared foods and home-cooked family meals. With luck, our culinary traditions will continue to be passed from one generation to the next.”

It was not easy to choose a recipe from Jane’s archives, so many choices! So little time! I ended up making two recipes. Her chocolate pancakes and her ranch flavored coleslaw.

Chocolate pancakes with blueberry sauce

My plan was to make Jane’s ranch flavored coleslaw ,the ranch dressing was calling to me and I loved all the colors, it was a refreshing change from the usual two toned slaw. Then my son walks in the morning while I was going through Jane’s breakfast recipe and demands chocolate pancakes, there was no negotiation! He decided that this was the one and only breakfast he will have (note to self: do not go through your SRC assignments when the kids are around! )

I stuck to Jane’s recipe with the exception of adding some cinnamon, cardamom and instant coffee. I love the spice-chocolate combo and use it in most of my chocolate recipes. You don’t really taste the cinnamon or the cardamom but they add a beautiful depth to the chocolate flavor. The instant coffee is there to intensify the chocolate flavor. My other alteration was the topping: I did not have any raspberries, so I used frozen blueberries to make a blueberry sauce instead and then added some fresh mango cubes for a splash of color and added freshness.

The chocolate pancakes were a hit, they are soft, fluffy and intensely chocolaty. They got two thumbs up from the kids

Chocolate Pancakes with Raspberry Syrup

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Yield: 4 servings

 

INGREDIENTS

Blueberry Sauce

1 cup  frozen blueberries

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

Pancakes

1 cup self rising flour (or use all-purpose flour and add 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt)

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

1/4 teaspoon cardamom (optional)

1/2 teaspoon instant coffee (option)

 

Directions

 

Make the blueberry sauce:

In a small saucepan, add the blueberries, sugar and water

Bring them to a boil

lower the heat and cook , stirring occasionally until the sauce reduces in half and thickens in consistency

Set aside

 

Make the Pancakes:

In a large mixing bowl, combined the self-rising flour, sugar and cocoa. Whisk to blend.

Add the egg and milk and whisk just until combined. (You don’t want the mix to be super smooth, lumps are actually ok because a lumpy batter will give you fluffier pancakes)

Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add 1 to 2 tsp oil

Pour in batter, reduce heat to medium and cook until bubbles appear over the  top of the pancake before flipping. Cook until second side is nicely browned.

Serve warm topped with the Blueberry sauce.

Topping options: whipped cream, chocolate chips, fresh fruit (I used mango), you can also try my homemade strawberry syrup

 

Coleslaw with ranch dressing

 

When someone says coleslaw, the first image that pops in my head is the soggy, tasteless, mayonnaise laden mess you get at fast food restaurants. As I was going through Jane’s blog, her coleslaw caught my attention because it was completely different from the image I had in my head. It was refreshingly colorful, the vegetables looked crisp and inviting and instead of good old mayonnaise there was a homemade ranch dressing.

I knew immediately that I had to try it and now I am glad I did

When I started the salad dressing series, I got quite a few requests for a homemade ranch dressing. I have tried a number of recipes and though some were really good, I was never perfectly happy with any of them. After trying Jane’s recipe, I can tell you that the search is over, this is the best homemade ranch dressing I have ever tried. It was the perfect way to dress the coleslaw but it would also make a great dip served with some sliced vegetables.

 

Ranch flavored coleslaw

INGREDIENTS

Dressing

1 cup low-fat buttermilk (I used yogurt)

1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon sugar, optional

1/4 teaspoon very finely minced fresh garlic

2 teaspoon minced green onions (or chives)

1/2 teaspoon mustard

1-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed

Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Slaw

1 small head green cabbage, cored, quartered and each piece very thinly sliced (see notes)

Kosher salt

1 red bell pepper, cored and finely chopped

1/2 yellow bell pepper, cored and finely chopped

3 carrots, peeled and shredded

1/2 small red onion, peeled and very finely chopped (see notes)

 

METHOD

 

Make the Dressing:

In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk (or yogurt), mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth.

Add sugar, garlic, chives, mustard, thyme and dill.

Whisk again until everything is evenly distributed.

This dressing tastes better the longer you leave it, you can use it right away but if you have time, store it in the fridge for 2 hours (up to 2 days) to allow  for the flavors to blend.

 

Assemble the Cole Slaw:

In a very large mixing bowl, combine the cabbage and prepared vegetables.

Toss to evenly mix everything together.

Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the dressing and toss to coat all the vegetables evenly.

Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more dressing if desired.

Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

If any extra liquid accumulates while it is resting, drain before serving.

 

 Notes:

Jane’s recipe uses green cabbage only, I used a combination of green and purple

To take the edge off the raw onions I toss them with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar and set them aside for 10 minutes. Then I drain the lemon juice and use the onions, they will be much milder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words and generosity. I am thrilled that your family liked the chocolate pancakes. They are such a treat! And the Ranch Colseslaw is one of my favorites. I keep coming back to it, using the dressing in a number of different ways.

    I will miss being the hostess of this wonderful group, but I’m still going to be a member! And Lisa will do a fabulous job. If you ever need anything or I can help you in any way, don’t hesitate to ask!

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  2. This chocolate pancakes look amazing. I made something similar some time ago and oh it was good. But the salad – I like it simple and healthy s well :)

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  3. I agree with your son.. chocolate pancakes are non-negotiable!! :) And these look soo good.. and with blueberry sauce.. am won over!!

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  4. Wow! it looks amazing! :)

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  5. YUM! These pancakes have stolen my attention, I could easily just eat them forever :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. Your selections look delicious and I understand why your son would demand the chocolate pancakes… Yum! This month you were my assigned blog and I loved going through all your recipes and getting glimpses of your life. I made your pomegranate dressing which was a huge hit. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes in the future.

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  7. Sawsan, only you to come up with two masterpieces instead of one, even with so much stress in your life and mind….

    those chocolate pancakes, glad your son “twisted your arm” to make them (I doubt he had to twist it very hard, though… ;-)

    great job on your assignment!

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  8. Chocolate pancakes? Yes please! Those look insanely good! :)

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  9. Those chocolate pancakes look so decadent and like the perfect treat! I admit, I was a bit confused when I saw the title and saw the words pancake next to cole slaw, but these are two things I would definitely try out.

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  10. Oh, my goodness, those pancakes look amazing – I don’t blame your son for insisting on them at all. I’ll have to try the cinnamon and cardamom trick, too. :)

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  11. Any little boy or girl will choose chocolate pancakes over ‘coleslaw’!! Making both was a great compromise. :)

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  12. Great work on producing two dishes – those pancakes look amazing. They pop right out of the computer screen!

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  13. Wow yummm looks delicious!

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  14. I’m an honorary group A member this week, and loving all of the delicious recipes I’m finding. Chocolate pancakes??? What an amazing treat those would be for breakfast! Both of your recipes look delicious, but I cant get past those beautiful pancakes! :)

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  15. coleslaw, any given time of day! :)

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  16. I’m loving the slaw, a couple of grilled shrimp would make a perfect summer meal. The pancakes look delicious and I love the blueberry sauce as opposed to syrup.

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  17. at first i read your title and thought the cole slaw was going ON the pancakes. clearly, it has been a long day! :) i’m glad to see they are 2 separate recipes. they both sound good! seems like ranch was a popular choice for src this month!

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  18. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

     /  August 17, 2014

    I love that slaw too, what a great side dish for me. That photo of the pancakes is outstanding!

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  19. Both recipes looks really good. I am not a fan of just a plain coleslaw with mayo. I like to kick it up a bit.

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  20. Looks like will be a delicious. Like this cool and that recipe is definitely a good I will be making them!

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