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Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup

Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup

My mother received a latte maker for Christmas. Though this sounds relatively unassuming, it was a big step for my family. You see, my parents were never coffee drinkers when I was growing up. We had a coffee maker hidden under the steps for when company came calling, but it rarely made an appearance. The coffee maker was aged and yellowed, perhaps even older than myself. Because my family was never part of the coffee culture, I thought people only began their day with a steaming mug on sitcoms and morning talk shows.

It's funny to look back now and see how very wrong I was.

Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup

My first taste of coffee was in my second year at university. As a late bloomer in many aspects of my life, it was hardly surprising I had stayed away from coffee for so long. To be honest, after my first sip, I vowed to myself I would never drink that horrible liquid again. Though I've always had a fondness for the coffee's wafting scent, my first taste wasn't terribly different from drinking a cup of gasoline.

Nevertheless, it grew on me. To begin, I could only stomach coffee if it resembled chocolate milk more than its bitter counterpart. With so much sugar and milk, the only way to distinguish it as coffee was the noticeable caffeine hit. Yet, somewhere over the last few years, coffee and I have become friends. I can drink it straight and black, without so much as a flinch.

Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup

Yet, with the advent of my mother's latte maker, coffee has become nearly a regular occurrence in my mornings. Without needing to fork over half an hour's pay for a drink at a coffee house, it feels like an elicit treat every single day. It's the frothy milk that gets to me.

Thus, it should come as no surprise that when I was dreaming up new brunch ideas, I looked to the empty bottom of my mug drained of my homespun mocha cappuccino for inspiration.

Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup

If you love coffee, caffeine, and Sunday brunch, these Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup are destined for you. I spruced up my "old faithful" of pancake recipes with a good measure of espresso powder to give it a well-rounded coffee flavor. Then, like any proper cappuccino, the pancakes are topped with whipped cream and a homemade mocha syrup. Serve these with your next morning cup of coffee and you'll start your day off just right.

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Cappuccino Pancakes with Mocha Syrup

Yields 4-6 servings

Cappuccino Pancakes
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons espresso powder (or finely ground instant coffee)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, espresso powder, sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg, milk, and melted butter. Stir together until combined (a few lumps are okay).

Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto a heated griddle and cook each side until lightly browned. Serve hot with whipped cream and mocha syrup (below).

Mocha Syrup
1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee (or 1 1/2 teaspoons espresso powder dissolved in 1/2 cup water)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, whisk together coffee, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Stir until syrup begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. May be served warm or chilled (and is especially delicious on top of ice cream).

Reader Comments (20)

Ingredients: Yes. Okay, this afternoon... here I go cappuccino pancakes!!

P.S. By the way, I passed that "horrible liquid" phase and totally am at the stage of your life when you only drank coffee with lots of milk and sugar! Now I think I can see my coffeefuture. Oh my.
02.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMhina
Looks great! I LOVE pancakes, and these in particular seem great with the mocha syrup and the cappuccino.

02.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie
Love this twist on pancakes! I've actually been drinking coffee since I was a child. My dad used to give us hot milk with just a couple instant coffee granules (barely any really) in the morning before school. He'd sneak in some fluoride drops into the cup for our teeth. It was the best way he found to slip the drops in without us tasting it. Of course, it created quite the scandal when I was asked what I had for breakfast one morning at school, and I answered that I had a cup of coffee ;)
02.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJan
looks and sound delicious! I;m so trying the recipe out!
02.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterpotatoface
These are so creative Kristin! And look wonderful--love your multitude of ideas. They are so inspiring :)
My version of coffee is chocolate milk. I don't like the taste and I don't like the smell. However these look like gosh darn good pancakes, even if it's coffee based.
My family are definite coffee lovers (addicts) - Next time I visit them I think I will have to give this a try! Happy to have found your blog!
I don't drink coffee but I love using it to flavour desserts - I think the addition of sugar takes the bitter edge off for me. These pancakes look amazing - the perfect way to get your early morning caffeine fix without a cup of coffee!
02.13.2012 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
a latte maker would be a dangerous tool in my home. anyyyway, i too discovered coffee only in college and have been drinking it daily ever since. love the idea of cappuccino pancakes - kill two birds with one (breakfast) stone... with a side of french press coffee, of course :) will add this to the to-make for brunch list!
02.13.2012 | Unregistered Commentersofia
I'm so glad you came to like coffee, otherwise I would never have the pleasure of offering these pancakes and syrup to myself, and my family.
02.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
These sound fantastic!
If you make these pancakes there really is no need for a cup of Coffee! Love this recipe!
I do want them for tomorrow already!!!
02.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMedeja
Now I'm dreaming of cappuccino pancakes. I think I might have to go try these!!!!
02.23.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargo
Yes, once you smell the smell of the coffee it's hard to go back to sleep.
I made these and they were wonderful! I didn't know what espresso powder was, so I just used fine ground espresso the first time. The pancakes were tastey, but they had little espresso beans in them. The second time I made them, I doubled the espresso (I have weak espresso) and cold brewed it in the milk overnight. In the morning I strained out the espresso grounds and used just used the milk. It was so much better! I also used an extra half a cup of milk because the batter was a little thick. The mocha syrup is also a new favorite! I love the taste and I just use fine ground espresso for that too :)
01.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMilena
Looking very yummy..thanks for share this mouth watering recipe.
03.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWholesale Coffee
These pancakes were lick the plate delicious. I didn't make any changes. They were amazing! Thank you for sharing your recipe.
05.4.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
Made these yesterday morning - yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
09.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet
I would love to have this kind of breakfast served in bed! A dream come true!
02.5.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGourmesso

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