Nutella stuffed pancakes
recipe from https://www.recipetineats.com/nutella-stuffed-pancakes/
This section is for recipes that I like the look of that I have found from various sources and give 'em a whirl for the first time. As we all know, some things look really good in theory but the reality never seems to work out the same way.
So how did it work out for the first time? was it worth the effort? was it easy? was it tasty? would I do it again?
Now then, as you can see my pancakes don't quite look as pretty as the photo of the pancakes from the original recipe.
Granted I don't have the same photo skills to make things look dang tasty but in a oner, those bloomin' pancakes were a faff to make and in my experience difficult to get looking nice and round.
First of all, I have one average size freezer in my kitchen and it's always usually pretty full and always usually needs defrosting. So it's safe to say I don't have much space to spare in there, let alone a space flat enough to freeze a sheet of Nutella discs. I had to remove a few items from my freezer to make way for the choccy discs. I nearly gave up there and then but I thought NO! I must commit! Luckily I remembered to put all of my frozen stuff back before they defrosted as thankfully the chocolate spread took about 20 minutes to freeze.
Secondly, the frozen discs pretty much defrost straight away so I had to remove one as I needed it. You might say what's the big deal in that? well, when you're in the midst of pouring your batter in the pan and then rushing to the freezer to try and open the drawer (remember the much needed defrost bit? and how all that extra ice makes the freezer draws stick) remove a disc whilst getting melted chocolate all over your fingers in the process because they melt at the touch of your overheated rushing/flustered self. Thus getting chocolate fingerprints all over the fridge/freezer. Wiping all this down after was not what I thought I would be getting into-pancakes are supposed to be a relatively simple affair!
This is how I felt by the time I had finished- CHOCOLATE EVERYWHERE!!!
You have to do all of this before you end up burning the base part of the pancake. So you have to be quick in putting your 'frozen chocolate disc onto your pancake batter before it melts in your hands. Be sure to place it in the middle first time because you ain't pickin' that sucker back up once it's down. Then put a bit more batter on top of the chocolate disc to cover it and encase it batter. Nice. Phew, the finicky bit is done.
Now you have to hope that the chocolate doesn't ooze out of the middle too much-mine did. Otherwise, you're going to get some burnt edges and oily chocolate. Try to flip it without it exploding all over the pan. Viola! and cook the other side and hope that even more chocolate doesn't come out(there ain't going to be much left inside at this rate) the pancake batter and the chocolate seemed to mix a bit to and make it look a bit icky but they were cooked through, I think.
Once they are cooked through on both sides, pop it on to a plate and enjoy!
They tasted OK, most of the chocolate had oozed out of the middle which made the pancake more like two pancakes put together as they didn't seal very well to make one whole thing. If I wanted that I could have just spread the Nutella on top of a cooked pancake!
The oozy bits fried because of the high oil content of Nutella so they were a tad greasy and there wasn't much chocolate left in the middle.
I would say they were pretty stodgy to. Probably because you need a fair bit of batter to make one pancake. I wouldn't do this recipe again, I think if I want chocolate in my pancakes, I'll stick to chocolate chips. Pancakes are supposed to be quick and easy. Although not what you would call difficult,it just not worth the effort in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, if you are a very methodical cook then these will work out nicely. For your average cook like me- a bit of a messy, splodgy effort.
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