Chocolate Pancakes Recipe Cooked Cutthroat Kitchen Style

Tamraght Choc Pancakes and Pot

This recipe and blog originally posted on Bags & Biscuits. Hopefully you enjoy the combination of travel story and yummy recipe.

One of the running jokes on this trip is that I’m learning to cook “Cutthroat Kitchen style.”

If you haven’t seen Alton Brown’s Cutthroat Kitchen, I highly recommend you do.

It’s an amazingly funny show where chefs compete to win money. The twist is that Alton Brown takes away their tools or gives them crazy items in the place of regular tools to help them create their dishes. The competing chefs start with a certain amount of money and they are allowed to buy advantages for themselves and disadvantages for the other competitors to help each of them win. Hilarious show!

It seems like many of our Airbnb hosts forget that some people do like to cook at home rather than eating out all the time. Hence the reason for booking a unit with a kitchen!

And while some have beautiful kitchens, they forgot to equip them with kitchen utensils, pots, KNIVES and occasionally the dishes or silverware for eating on.

“Equipped” kitchens look like someone filled the shelves with their leftover cook/dishware, including the ones with the loose pot handles and the chipped edges. It’s always a mish-mash of rag-tag items. I’m not complaining (well maybe a little), just stating a fact!

We’ve had units with three forks, no bowls, one small pot, no cheese grater or wine opener (in both Italy and Portugal), cutting boards, no mixing bowls, measuring cups, no pot lids and NO kitchen cooking utensils.

You wouldn’t believe some of the knives in these places. ALL of them have been as dull as butter knives. Fortunately, we carry a knife sharpener after housesitting a few times and realizing everyone seems to have dull knives.

The biggest reason people get cut in the kitchen is from DULL knives. Sharpen your knives people! A sharpener electric or hand-held costs about $20 USD or have them sharpened professionally.

And ovens are a commodity. Most of the time, we didn’t get a unit with an oven because it was out of our budget. I soooo miss having an oven! One day when I travel, I will be able to afford only units with ovens.

But at the rate it’s going, I’m going to be able to cook a gourmet meal with a Bunsen burner, a sharp stick and tree bark dishes using a rock to prep the food.

I have even learned to flip an over easy egg using a spoon. WITHOUT breaking the yoke! WOOT!!!

Tamraght Choc Pancakes Plain Angle View

I made Chocolate Pancakes in Tamraght, Morocco using a pot, a glass for a measuring cup and a spoon, all because David wanted chocolate cake.

Chocolate cake is in very short supply in Morocco. Meaning that we haven’t found it anywhere.

Because I love my wonderful hubby, I had to help cure the cravings. Especially since we weren’t flying out of Morocco for another five weeks.

No oven equals no baking. So Chocolate Pancakes it was because they will cook on the stove.

Just because we are in a third world country or cooking Cutthroat Kitchen Style doesn’t mean that we can’t help cure chocolate cake cravings.

By the way, Morocco produces beautiful dark cocoa powder and bars for cooking. Both of which went into this recipe.



Chocolate Pancakes

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg

2 Tbsp. dark baking chocolate, melted

1 1/2 cups water

2 Tbsp. oil


Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Form a well in center of the dry ingredients. Add the egg, melted chocolate, oil and water to the well. Add more water if you like thinner pancakes.

Stir just until mixed. Do not over mix or your pancakes will be tough.

Preheat a lightly greased non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat.

Pour small amounts of batter, based on the size pancake you want, into the skillet or griddle.

Cook until bubbles form the top of the batter and start popping.

Flip to the other side and cook until pancake center springs back lightly when touched on top. Or you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.

Serve with your choice of toppings.

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