Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday as it is also known, is such a brilliant idea in my eyes. I mean, who doesn't love the excuse to eat dessert for dinner?! These Chocolate Orange Pancakes are super indulgent, I've topped them with whipped cream, a generous drizzle of melted Terry's Chocolate Orange and juicy orange segments. They're also easy to make, as most pancakes are, and you can even make a batch and reheat them later. So, why wait until Pancake Day, they'd also make an amazing dessert or sweet breakfast treat any time of year!
For the full recipe with measurements, head to the recipe card at the end of this post.
How to make Chocolate Orange Pancakes
Whip up the cream first and put it in the fridge so it is ready. To make the pancake batter, stir together the self raising flour, cocoa powder, orange zest and sugar.
In a jug whisk together milk, vegetable oil, orange extract and egg. Pour the milk mixture slowly into the flour mixture, stirring it as you pour until a smooth batter is created.
Warm up a frying pan on a medium heat and add a little bit of oil, then use a ladle to spoon blobs of the pancake mixture into the pan. Once bubbles start to appear on the surface, flip them over. This will only take a couple of minutes. Let them cook for another minute or so on the other side, then they are ready to serve!
What can you serve with the pancakes?
I served the Chocolate Orange Pancakes drizzled with melted Terry's chocolate orange, a dollop of the whipped cream, and some juicy mandarin orange segments. You could also serve with maple syrup, marmalade, other fresh fruits or chocolate sauce.
Can the pancakes be made with plain or all purpose flour?
Self raising flour, which is very commonly used in the UK where I am based, already contains a raising agent and a little salt too. Therefore if you want to swap it for plain or all purpose flour, you will need to add some additional baking powder and also a little salt if you like. Some people like to add salt to recipes and some don't, so I'll leave that up to you as it won't affect the pancakes. The general advice is to add 2 teaspoons baking powder (a measuring teaspoon, not the kind you stir your coffee with) per every 200g plain or all purpose flour. So for this recipe you'd need to add 1 + ¼ teaspoons baking powder. Please note, I have not tested this recipe using plain or all purpose flour.
Can these pancakes be made gluten free?
Yes! For gluten free you can replace the self raising flour with a gluten free self raising flour blend. If you only have a gluten free plain flour blend, you will need to add baking powder. The general advice is to add 2 tsp baking powder per 200g flour, so for this recipe you'd need to add 1 + ¼ teaspoons baking powder. You may also like to add ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum for better texture.
Can these pancakes be made dairy free?
Yes, all you need to do is use a dairy free milk and the pancakes will be dairy free. Please do check the labels of everything you use in case of cross contamination.
More tips for making the Chocolate Orange Pancakes:
- It's much easier to pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones, this will also help prevent a lumpy batter
- The batter must be used immediately once it's been made, the longer it is left unused, the less fluffy and risen the pancakes will be
- Once the pancakes have been cooked and cooled, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight and reheat either in the microwave or in a frying pan
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Recommended Equipment and Ingredients*
- Pancake frying pan
- Mixing bowls
- Cooling rack
- Kitchen scales
- Terry's Chocolate Orange
- Orange extract
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Chocolate Orange Pancakes
For the pancake batter
- 125 g Self raising flour
- 45 g Caster sugar
- 35 g Cocoa powder
- 250 ml Milk cow's or plant milk will both work
- 1 tbsp Vegetable oil
- 1 Egg large
- ½ tsp Orange extract
- 1 Orange zest only
For the toppings
- ½ a Terry's Chocolate Orange melted
- 150 ml Double cream
- ½ tbsp Icing sugar
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract
- 200 g Tinned mandarin orange segments
- Whip up the cream with the icing sugar and vanilla and put it in the fridge so it is ready to use
- To make the pancake batter stir together the flour, cocoa powder, orange zest and sugar in a mixing bowl
- In a jug whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, orange extract and egg
- Pour the milk mixture bit by bit into the flour mixture, whisk in between each addition until a smooth batter is created
- Warm up your frying pan on a medium heat and added a little bit of oil or butter, used a ladle to spoon blobs of the pancake mixture into the pan. Once bubbles start to appear on the surface, flip them over. This will take a couple of minutes
- Then let them cook for another minute or so on the other side, then they are ready to eat!
- Serve warm with the whipped cream, a drizzle of the melted chocolate and some orange segments
- If you want to save for later, allow to cool fully, and store in the fridge in an airtight container. Warm on a microwave safe plate for 30-60 seconds (depending on the wattage of your microwave). Eat within 2 days
If you like this, check out more of my Pancake recipes!
NB. This post is NOT in anyway sponsored by Terry's - I just love their product!