Olive Oil Pancakes with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

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Author Notes: Amanda's chocolate toast (baguette + dark chocolate + olive oil + sea salt) easily makes the top five list of my favorite flavor combinations. Whenever the stars align and i have extra good bread and chocolate in the house, that aren't destined for some other end, I make myself a few pieces of that wonderful toast. These pancakes were inspired by Amanda's chocolate toast, and I think the combination is just as wonderful in pancake form. I used Cook's Illustrated's Light and Fluffy Pancake batter as a jumping off point, swapping the melted butter for olive oil and subbing buttermilk, but then I added a few tricks borrowed from Aretha Frankenstein's brilliant (genius!) waffle recipe- I replaced 1/4 of the flour with cornstarch and let the batter rest for 30 minutes before cooking. Finally, in order to enhance the crispy edges I had achieved by adding the cornstarch, I fried each pancakes in a couple of tablespoons of canola oil (I did a side-by-side comparison of olive oil-fried and canola oil-fried pancakes, and preferred the canola), just like my friend Molly's mom would do when she made us chocolate chip pancakes in high school. arielleclementine

Food52 Review: The olive oil, salt and chocolate combo really is a good one. And these super easy, fluffy pancakes are a great backdrop for it. The recipe is a good buttermilk pancake batter on its own before you add chocolate and salt. With the resting and the starch they are quite tender. The orange zest and drizzle of olive oil work nicely, but I have to admit that syrup was good too. To avoid burning the chocolate when you flip, add a spoonful of batter on top of the chocolate bits. Stephanie Bourgeois

Makes 10-12 six-inch pancakes

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • canola oil, for frying
  • 1 bar of your favorite dark chocolate (appx 4 oz), chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt
  • good extra virgin olive oil, Spanish if you've got it, for serving
  • orange zest, for serving (thanks to aargersi for the idea!)
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and the beaten egg. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk a few times, so that the items are just combined, but some lumps remain. Allow the batter to rest 30 minutes if you've got the time.
  2. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet (cast iron if you've got it) over medium-low heat. Add a couple tablespoons of canola oil and heat until shimmery. Pour 1/2 cup of batter into the center of the pan and immediately scatter a generous tablespoon of chocolate chunks over the pancake, then top that with a small pinch of flaky sea salt, trying not to crush the flakes, if possible. Cook 1-2 minutes, until hollow bubbles appear around the top of the pancake and the edge looks good and crispy. Flip, and cook about 1 minute more, or until the bottom is evenly browned. Repeat this step, one pancake at a time, adding more oil as necessary, until all the batter has been used.
  3. Serve the pancakes with a drizzle of good olive oil instead of butter and syrup (sounds weird but it works!) and some freshly grated orange zest. Yay pancakes!

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over 1 year ago Zixin Cherry Hong

Love the recipe! It was so delicious, thank you very much. <3 and, as you could probably imagine, lemon zest works just as beautifully with a different sort of fragrant kick. ;)


over 1 year ago Tracey MacDonald

Made these pancakes Christmas morning and everyone them! The olive oil drizzle is a wonderful idea. Will include the orange zest next time (which will probably be tomorrow!).


over 1 year ago Ashley Marie

Made these this morning - No buttermilk so I used the whole milk-vinegar trick and it worked beautifully. LOVED drizzling with EVOO instead of butter and syrup - they were so rich I can't imagine putting syrup on them!!


almost 2 years ago Camille Fajbat

Hi! I only have this generic powdered buttermilk lying around. I don't even know how to use it and have found lots of people online saying that powdered buttermilk cannot be used as is or diluted with water when it comes to baking and stuff like that. Can you tell me how to use the powdered buttermilk so I can make this glorious glorious pancake recipe? Thank you so much.


almost 2 years ago SunBunny

Thanks for turning my wheels Arielle. Great recipe.


over 2 years ago DianeS

My husband and son made these for me (and themselves, of course!) for Mother's Day. How much more fabulous and decadent could a breakfast be? Orange zest was a great addition. Some used maple syrup, which was also good.


over 2 years ago arielleclementine

how wonderful! i'm thrilled you enjoyed them! happy mother's day :)


over 2 years ago candaceb

Aww, Arielle, you are the best at taking old favorites and updating them to pure heaven!


over 2 years ago Lara Croft Alice

made these today, delicious! the best pancakes ever :)


about 3 years ago EmilyC

I tried these and they are awesome! Love how crispy they get. This is officially my new go-to pancake recipe, whether I'm adding chocolate, blueberries, or just going plain.


over 3 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations on the CP, these pancakes are nothing short of amazing, love the olive oil and of course the chocolate. Another fantastic recipe!


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

you are too kind! thanks sdebrango!


over 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Oh my, this reminds me of my favourite icecream combo's - the best vanilla ice cream, with the best olive oil you can find, a pinch of sea salt and grated orange zest!!!! A must try. Thank and congrats on the CP


over 3 years ago LE BEC FIN

kb, don't forget the mayo! (just kidding:-)


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

that sounds completely brilliant! i will definitely be trying it!


over 3 years ago dani

I hope you'll make these for me next time I visit.


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thanks mama! it would be my very great pleasure :)


over 3 years ago Ms. T

Mmm, I am SO adding these to my list! Congrats on the CP :)


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! thanks, Ms. T!!


over 3 years ago Shalini

These look great! I think the crispy edges with the buttermilk fluff and tang and the cornstarch and the chocolate and the sea salt and the olive oil all sound delicious! Can't wait to try them!!


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, Shalini! amanda is a super genius with the flavor combinations! i'd never have thought to put olive oil with chocolate and sea salt, but it really is outstanding.


over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Congrats on the CP Arielle! I don't know how I missed these, but oh my gosh best combination ever all wrapped in fluffy delicious pancakes! Wow.


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

oh thanks fiveandspice!! you're the nicest :)


over 3 years ago MeghanVK

Love the flavor combo.


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thanks so much, MeghanVK and many congrats on your win! it's a beautiful recipe :)


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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yahoo! i knew this would be a CP. Congrats, ac.


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

so nice! thanks mrslarkin!!


over 3 years ago elizabethintexas

I make a version of these and I would eat them every day if my family allowed it. They are delicious.


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

haha! completely agree elizabethintexas! i'm in texas too! (austin!)


over 3 years ago arielleclementine

thanks so much everybody!!


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Hooray for pancakes! This sounds brilliant!!