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Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

Valentine’s Day is coming.

Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

We do not really celebrate Valentine’s Day here at Casa Shenanigans.  No heart shaped boxes of candy, no bunches of wilted grocery store roses, and no adult-sized footie pajamas in the mail.  No, we do not celebrate with silly tokens.  We celebrate with food.  Sometimes we go out, but more often we stay in and make something really naughty.  This year I will be making my darling these.  We both love candied bacon, he loves chocolate chip pancakes, and I love Nutella.  They are the perfect blend of what we both love.

Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

I guess it goes with out saying that these pancakes are a little over the top.  We start with a tender, yet hearty, pancake made with buttermilk and a little cream cheese.  They are studded with melting chocolate chips and salty bits of candied bacon.  Yes, I could have stopped there, it would have been enough.  But … I kept going.  I made what may possibly be the best sauce ever.   It is a blend of dark maple syrup and Nutella, along with some butter and a hint of vanilla.  It is spectacular on pancakes, but I can easily see it poured warm over ice cream or drizzled over pound cake.  This is a meal for those days when calories are not a concern, or when you want someone special to know how much you care.

Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup     Serves 4 – 6

For the candied bacon:
6 strips thick cut bacon
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder

For the syrup:
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the pancakes:
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

Heat the oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Spray a wire cooling rack with non-stick cooking spray and place it on the prepared baking sheet.  Lay the strips of bacon on the wire rack with about 1/2- inch of space between them.

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In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, paprika, and cocoa powder until well combined.  Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the bacon.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the topping is bubbling.  Cool completely on the rack.  Once cool roughly chop.  Set aside.

Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

In a small saucepan combine the Nutella, maple syrup, butter, and vanilla.  Place the pot over low heat, stirring constantly, until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.  Set aside.

Heat a flat griddle, or other large smooth bottom skillet, to medium-low heat.

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In a medium bowl cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth.  Add the eggs, one at a time, and whisk until evenly incorporated.  Add the buttermilk and whisk until well combined.

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In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Whisk to mix.   Stir in the chopped bacon and the chocolate chips.  Make a well in the center and pour in the wet ingredients.  Stir until just combined and no large lumps of dry flour remain.

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Spray the griddle with non-stick cooking spray and scoop the batter, by the 1/3 cup, on to the heated griddle.  Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side, or until the batter begins to puff, the edges are no longer shiny, and the cooked side is golden brown.  Flip and cook for 1 to 2 minutes on the second side, or until the pancakes spring back when gently pressed in the center and are golden brown.  To hold pancakes while cooking store in a warm oven on a wire rack.  They will hold for up to 45 minutes.  Serve warm with a drizzle of the syrup.

Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup

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86 Responses to “Chocolate Chip and Candied Bacon Pancakes with Nutella Maple Syrup”

  1. I need these in my life IMMEDIATELY.

  2. You’re completely crazy for making this decadent breakfast, but I love it!

  3. jim mosier says:

    Man I missed my opportunity to actually meet a celebrity last month. Only you think you aren’t one. What an incredible post, what great photography. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day accolades.

  4. Is this breakfast or dessert? I’d have it for dinner!

  5. Oh, yum! Will you be my valentine, Kelly? I think my Valentine’s Day breakfast would taste much better that way. If I’m lucky, my hubby might heat up some of his frozen waffles for me… Maybe.

  6. brandi says:

    all of my favorite things in one dish? I need these.

  7. Christina says:

    This looks amazing! I love the salty sweet of the bacon! What a perfect breakfast for Valentine’s Day!

  8. Over the top? Maybe, but it looks so delicious! I’m going to add candied bacon to my list of candies to make for my 2011 challenge!

  9. Jill Colonna says:

    OMG. This is seriously devilish and has to be added to our repertoire! I need some candied bacon and chocolate for breakfast 3x day from now on.

  10. You do know this is your entire meal on one plate, right? Awesome idea!

  11. Maria says:

    Wow, those are some special pancakes!

  12. What kind of evil, twisted mind thinks up this kind of recipe? Sheesh, wish I had thought of it. LOL. Fan-flippin (pancake reference)-tastic pictures too.

  13. Ana says:

    Oh God! You americans are crazy! No wonder why theres so many fat people in your country. Bacon with chocolate?? disgusting

  14. Those are delighfully evil naughty concoction you got rocking there. I’d forfeit lots of wilty flowers and chocolate assortments to get that. Wonderful job!

  15. Kelly says:

    Ana, thank you for taking the time to reveal a little of our cultural differences here on my blog.

  16. Sue says:

    Those are soooo sensationally decadent. I don’t know which is better, the pictures or the recipe. I love the cream cheese in the batter and the nutella mixed with syrup is inspired and very, very evil.

  17. Amanda L. says:

    Oh my goodness, these are the most decadently evil pancakes I’ve ever seen!

  18. Emily says:

    Bacon with chocolate is the most fabulous thing ever! Not all of us are fat, by the way.

    Beautiful pictures! These look so good!

  19. THere are no works for this insane creation!

  20. Wow, these must be so delicious! Looks great!

  21. homepodge says:

    (O_O) Oh. My. God. Forget the heart-shaped pancakes. This is my Valentine’s Day breakfast of choice!

  22. Medeja says:

    This is something different and really amazing :)

  23. This is so wrong, but so RIGHT! And boy do I wanna be right :)

  24. Jason Phelps says:

    I am going to get ahead of the curve and create a support group for candied bacon addicts! We put it in pancakes last weekend and I could see it becoming an all too frequent occasion.

    Jason

  25. Lookin’ good as usual! :-p If someone showed up at my door decked out with those pancakes, I would love them ’til the end of time for sure! So good!

  26. Ang says:

    Seriously these are jaw dropping kind of pancakes. The whole thing, every little layer of amazingess. I have no words to describe how awesome I think these look. Wow!

  27. Eliana says:

    If you ask me, there is no better way to celebrate anything in life than with these pancakes. They look crazy, crazy good.

  28. Great post, Kelly. This certainly isn’t a breakfast for everyday… but on that certain special occasion like Valentines Day, it seems pretty close to perfect for the person who enjoys some savory with their sweet. I really love the Nutella Syrup idea. My kids wouldn’t necessarily like bacon on top of their pancakes, but if I were to offer the chocolate syrup with their chocolate chip pancakes…. I’d be mom of the year for sure!

  29. alyce says:

    Wow. This is decadent!

  30. Okay these totally rock for a special V-Day breakfast!! For those who have not tried it, candied bacon is a great combo with chocolate and what an over the top topping for pancakes for a special day. If somebody brought me these in bed, I’d probably never get out, if ya know what I mean ;) Gorgeous photos too.

  31. Kankana says:

    Oh this can make anybody’s day happy … correction.. supper happy :)

  32. I like the way y’all celebrate!

    I have to ask, is there going to be super duper spicy food at your Valentine dinner? Like Indian hot? ;)

  33. I’m coming over for V-day breakfast!!! I mean, WOW! Excuse me while I drool. This is perfect!

  34. WOW! That is perfection! Sweet + salty AND involves Nutella? Awesome!

  35. Mei Teng says:

    Brilliant food photos :)

  36. Well you know, I DO have some of our home-made bacon begging to be used in a recipe like this!

  37. brilynn says:

    That looks like an awesome way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

  38. Meredith says:

    No. You. Didn’t. Dang, girl! ; )

  39. briarrose says:

    Pretty sure these deserve a moment of silence to appreciate their glory. ;) Awesome job…..I need a stack…stat!

  40. Beth Anne says:

    Oh. My. Gawd. I think I’m gonna swoon….

  41. Tammy says:

    They’re just…..just….just…..beyond!

  42. Delly Bean says:

    You had me at, “Candied Bacon.”

  43. Karly says:

    I love you. I love you so hard.

  44. Fifi says:

    I have never seen a more fabulous recipe, or blog for that matter. I am hooked!

  45. Kita says:

    Wow. Just Wow. These look amazing.

  46. Oh my!! I’d choose this over any Valentine’s dessert any day!

  47. Michelle says:

    Oh. My. Gosh.
    This is amazing.

  48. Megan says:

    This looks amazing!!!

  49. Sarika says:

    using what I had in the kitchen one morning I had to adapt your recipe! it made for a wonderful morning:
    http://tastetestingtoronto.blogspot.com/2011/02/episode-30-family-day-weekend-and.html

  50. Ashley says:

    whoa. Dan.ger.ous. My four year old’s favorite things are chocolate and bacon – this would blow his mind.

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