So this month marks something new for me. A new project I recently became involved in called the Blogger Recipe Challenge.
Quick background...when I went on my dairy farm tour a few weeks ago I met a wonderful blogger from Detroit named Becky who blogs over at Week 99er. Becky and I talked for quite awhile during lunch and she told me all about this blogging group she is part of and how they were looking for a new person to join since someone was leaving. Lucky for me Becky invited me to be part of this group and July 1st was my start date. Woo hoo! As you can tell I'm super excited about this new venture. :)
To learn more about the Blogger Recipe Challenge visit the site here. Basically each month there is a new theme and each blogger that participates has to come up with 10 unique recipes to share. With 10 of us participating, you get 100 new recipes!
The theme for July is fruit. We can interpret this theme in any way we like, so the first recipe I'm sharing is my chocolate chip pancakes with warm banana syrup. I make these pancakes all the time for the boys but the syrup was something new I created. Boy oh boy was it good. It is definitely thinner than your traditional syrup, but it's super rich and delicious. Try it on any of your favorite pancakes!
Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Warm Banana Syrup
Recipe written by The Chef Next Door
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1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
About 1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate chips
Ingredients for the banana syrup:
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
2 bananas, cut into slices
Start by making the banana syrup. Mix all of the ingredients except the bananas in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low boil then add the the bananas in and mix gently. Allow to simmer gently while making the pancakes.
In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients all at once and stir until moistened. The batter will be slightly lumpy. (Don't over mix or the pancakes will be tough)
For standard size pancakes, pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto a hot buttered griddle or large skillet. Sprinkle a handful of the chocolate chips over the surface of each pancake.
Cook over medium heat until the pancakes start to bubble and the edges are starting to brown, about two minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for another minute or two, until golden brown.
To keep the pancakes warm while the rest are cooking, I put them on a plate in a warm oven, usually set at 200 degrees. Once they are all cooked, spoon some of the banana syrup on top, making sure to get plenty of banana slices too!