Start your morning off right with a stack of Spiced Chocolate Chip Pancakes with cinnamon and clove then drowned in a thin homemade caramel syrup. Recipe makes two mini stacks of pancakes to enjoy breakfast for two.
When I stay overnight at my parents, they make me breakfast. I rarely eat a nice breakfast during the week, usually a bagel or some oatmeal when I’m at work. The weekends are reserved for an actual sit-down breakfast, which usually consists of hash browns, bacon, and either these Spiced Chocolate Chip Pancakes or chocolate chip waffles. Dad makes fun of me because I tell him to put too many chocolate chips in mine. I even made Homemade Caramel Syrup because chocolate and caramel go together and it’s so much better than those fake maple-flavored syrups.
I have to admit if my parents are making the pancakes, they are not spiced. That’s just how we ate growing up. If I’m making them, I automatically put in cinnamon and clove, which intensifies the flavor of the chocolate. I never knew spices could make that much of a difference in something so ordinary until I made Spiced Cookie Dough Ice Cream over the summer. That’s when I got the idea of adding cinnamon and clove to my pancakes. You’ll never go back to plain again.
Can I be honest with you? These photos are somewhat of a lie. I don’t eat stacked pancakes with butter or syrup. I am perfectly content with three pancakes in a single layer on a plate. If there are enough chocolate chips, I don’t need butter or syrup. But that all would make for boring photos, wouldn’t it?
Of course, being a food blogger, I had to eat the food as styled, so I ate the stacked pancakes with the butter and syrup. And then I wondered why I don’t eat pancakes like this more often. Since the pancakes sat there for a bit, the syrup soaked into the pancakes, which made them even better. I guess there are benefits in not eating right away!
These spiced chocolate chip pancakes have become a family tradition. If I’m with my parents, whether they visit me or I visit them, we end up eating some form of this recipe (with or without spices and/or syrup). That means tomorrow morning (Christmas!) I will be asking for a stack (that I will spread out because I like eating them one at a time).