The Single Pancake

The Single Pancake with blueberries and lots of chocolate

The Single Pancake with blueberries and lots of chocolate

One of life’s small pleasures:  sharing breakfast with someone.

I mean… if you can find someone who will order the savory breakfast, but then let you pick at their hash browns… I’m pretty sure that’s a love for life.  The ultimate breakfast situation involves sharing an eggy-hash and then sharing a totally over-the-top pancake.  If you can find the human that wants to embark on this sort of breakfast endeavor with you, marry them or give them one of those BFF friendship necklaces.  Either way.  Shared breakfast is a big deal.

Breakfast isn’t always about a pair.  Heeeeck no!  The solo pancake expedition is just as important as the coupled pursuit.  This pancake recipe makes one giant pancake filled with fresh blueberries and chocolate pieces.  Just one!  Just one mega pancake with way too many fresh blueberries and a little too much chocolate.  It’s perfect for one hungry belly, or two bellies to serve after eggs as something I like to call… breakfast dessert.

The Single Pancake with blueberries and chocolate

This recipe comes together in little bits.

Little bits of flour and oats.  A little bit of sugar, cinnamon, and soda, powder.  A little bit of butter.  A lotta bit of fresh blueberries and chocolate.  Too many blueberries and too much chocolate… that’s really what we’re going for.

The Single Pancake with blueberries and chocolate

Dry ingredients frist.

Flour, oats, cinnamon, sugar, and the baking soda and baking powder.

It feels strange to mix together such small amounts.

The Single Pancake with blueberries and chocolate

Buttermilk because it’s nice, thick, and tangy, too!

If you don’t have buttermilk you can add dash of milk to yogurt and go with that!

The Single Pancake with blueberries and chocolate

Handfuls each of fresh blueberries and chocolate chips.  If it feels like too much, it is… and that’s exactly right.

The Single Pancake with blueberries and chocolate

The batter rests while the griddle heats.

You can make this batter as one single pancake (which is a monster and terrifying to flip) or as two small pancakes (which is civilized and easier to flip).  I went with one giant pancake because I like to be scared in the kitchen.  Next time (and there will be a next time), I’ll go with two small cakes.

The Single Pancake with blueberries and lots of chocolate

It’s Breakfast Dessert!  The most coveted meal / non-meal of the day!

The Single Pancake with blueberries and chocolate

As if sweet blueberries and melted chocolate weren’t enough for breakfast dessert… maple syrup and powdered sugar, too!?  Out of control.

The Single Pancake.  It is restrained in portion and totally bonkers in every other way.

The Single Pancake with too many blueberries and lots of chocolate

makes one large or two small pancakes

Print this Recipe!

1/3 cup all-purpose flour (a multi purpose gluten-free flour also works well)

1 Tablespoon dried oats (quick-cooking or old-fashioned)

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1 tablespoon unsalted melted butter

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk

splash of pure vanilla extract

handful of fresh blueberries

smaller handful of dark chocolate chips

a bit of vegetable oil and butter for coating the griddle

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a separate bowl whisk together melted butter, vanilla extract and buttermilk.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir to combine.  The mixture will be thick.  Fold in the fresh blueberries and  chocolate chips.

In a small non-stick frying pan or a griddle  heat a teaspoon of oil and a dab of butter over medium heat.  Pour in the pancake batter and spread some with the back of a spoon.  Cook over medium heat until blueberries begin to bubble and the bottom of the pancake is golden brown.

Flip.  It’s ok if it doesn’t flip perfectly.

Cook until golden brown on both sides.  Remove from pan and onto a plate.  Top with maple syrup and powdered sugar.  Enjoy immediately.  


71 thoughts on “The Single Pancake

  1. Could i use wholemeal flour?? I really love your recipes and your way of cooking!! Ive already made several of them :) I would love to see more recipes for one ;) Greetings from Brazil!

  2. I found that person! And he liked it, so he put a ring on it. Lo, only one week ago!
    Only it’s the opposite in that he’ll order the pancakes and let me have a few bites while I order a huge plate of corned beef hash with rye toast and poke at his hand when it gets near my plate.

  3. I am so onboard the breakfast dessert wagon! My favorite move is everyone orders their own savory dish and then we share the waffle/french toast/pancake breakfast dessert course :)

  4. I love this, Joy! I’ve figured out how to take my favorite shortbread cookie recipe and adjust it to just make one bakery sized cookie. Because, you know, sometimes a single gal just wants to eat a cookie! So I can’t wait to try your pancake for one!

  5. I make your Single Lady pancakes from your first book all the time, Joy! Love being able to make just enough for me! Thanks!!

  6. Yummy! I got pretty lucky finding someone to share breakfasts with me and I’m totally gonna marry him for that (and because he’s really nice). Also, breakfast dessert is my FAVORITE! I’m glad someone else out there believes in it.


  7. So my breakfast sharing partner loves the eggy, savory breakfast dishes which I’m down with, but I love the sweet stuff too, which he doesn’t. He lets me eat off his savory plate and doesn’t blink an eye as I put down the breakfast dessert all by myself. BUT LIKE this semi-monster, not as big as normal breakfast dessert pancake deliciousness is perfect! I can’t wait to make it on Saturday morning, eat some of his eggs and then hog this baby all to myself.

  8. Oh, I just love this so much!! Your words always make me smile Joy. I’m thankful for you and for a pancake breakfast dessert!

  9. Oh Yeah !! I think I’m going to make this for my lunch today !! I really enjoyed how you describe this amazing pancake …”Just one mega pancake with way too many fresh blueberries and a little too much chocolate”!!!

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