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Spicy Hot Chocolate Xmas Tree Pancakes with Thick Drinking Chocolate

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 A rich chocolate batch for cold winter days - ho ho ho!
A Xmas special! Super chocolatey pancakes covered with fudgy chocolate sauce with chocolate trees and -  you guessed it - hot drinking chocolate! This festive recipe is brought to you by the German food blog Pancake Stories!
Hey pancake friends, it is almost Christmas and we prepared something that will keep you warm in this cold winter times. We made spicy chocolate pancakes with chocolate fudge sauce, chocolate trees and snow (from white chocolate, of course) plus - a drinking chocolate. Oh, and did we mention this recipe involves chocolate? Remember our last week's pancake jar post? Well one of the jars mentioned is actually a simplified version of this weeks recipe - so let's step up our pancake game and make a really festive eye candy (Eye-pancakes? Is that a thing?).

A Xmas special! Super chocolatey pancakes covered with fudgy chocolate sauce with chocolate trees and -  you guessed it - hot drinking chocolate! This festive recipe is brought to you by the German food blog Pancake Stories!


For the Xmas trees (4):
100g white chocolate
Green food coloring
4 Mikado sticks (they might be called 'Pocky' in your country)

Utensils: grease proof paper, cutting board. decorating tip or a freezer bag , little pot , metallic bowl or a little pot which fits in the first pot and a fridge


  1. At first you have to melt the white chocolate in a water bath.  You need a pot and a metallic bowl, if you don´t have something like this, you can also use a second smaller pot which fits in the first pot. Heat up the water in the first pot on low temperature. Make sure that the second pot doesn't touch the water! Chop the chocolate with a knife if you don´t have chocolate drops. Fill only ¼ in the bowl and wait until it melts. Then you can add the rest of the chocolate. Make sure that the water is NOT boiling. The water only has to simmer!
  2. While the chocolate is melting, you can prepare your working place. Put the grease proof paper on a cutting board (we used a silicone mat, but in retrospect, baking paper is easier to use) and make sure that there is enough space in the fridge to fit the whole thing. Put the 4 Mikado sticks on the paper. If you don´t have a decorating tip with a small hole you can use a freezing bag. Put the bag with the tip in a jar or a cup first and roll it down the edges (This will help you avoid making a mess).
  3. When the chocolate has melted you can add the green food coloring and mix well, so the color is even. Now you can fill the green chocolate in the bag. Make a little hole at the tip oft the bag. Start making the green of the trees at the top of the sticks (use a snake-like motion, do it slow and steady). Let a little bit chocolate space on the bottom, because we want to stick the 'trees' in the pancakes later.
  4. When you are satisfied with the look of your little Xmas trees carefully put the board in the fridge and don't touch them until the chocolate is solid.
A Xmas special! Super chocolatey pancakes covered with fudgy chocolate sauce with chocolate trees and -  you guessed it - hot drinking chocolate! This festive recipe is brought to you by the German food blog Pancake Stories!

For the chocolate fudge sauce:
100g brown sugar
50g cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
50g butter
50g milk
4g corn starch

Utensils: a little pot and a whisk, little cup
  1. Put the milk and the butter in the little pot and heat it up on low temperature.
  2. Add cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla extract to the mixture in the pot and stir until all is well combined.
  3. Take a cup and scoop a little bit of the mixture. Add the cornstarch into the cup and stir. Then add the contents of the cup back into the pot ans stir again until the mixture gets a bit thicker. Done!
A Xmas special! Super chocolatey pancakes covered with fudgy chocolate sauce with chocolate trees and -  you guessed it - hot drinking chocolate! This festive recipe is brought to you by the German food blog Pancake Stories!

For the pancakes (approx. 10 Pancakes):
200g flour
4g baking powder
4g baking soda
4 teaspoons cocoa powder
40g brown sugar
Pinch of cardamom
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
100g dark chocolate
4 eggs
150g Buttermilk
50ml oil
4g coffee powder
Some white chocolate for decoration (optional)

Utensils: a sharp knife, 2 little bowls, one big bowl, a whisk, measuring cup, a well coated pen, a grater (optional)
  1. At first mix all the dry ingredient together in a small bowl (sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, salt, pepper, cocoa powder, coffee powder). Set aside.
  2. Chop the dark chocolate in little pieces and set aside.
  3. Separate the eggs and put the egg white in the big bowl and the egg yolk in the second small bowl.Beat the 50ml oil in the egg yolk.
  4. Stir the egg white in the big bowl until it is nearly stiff. Add the buttermilk and whisk it again. Pour the egg yolk mixture in the big bowl and mix it.
  5. Next, you can add the dry ingredients and the chopped chocolate into the big bowl. Don´t mix it too hard. If you can see some flour crumbles it is ok. Let the dough rest in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile you can clean up the mess in the kitchen!
  6. Get out the dough out of the fridge an preheat a well coated pen. You don´t have to use oil! Use medium heat and bake the pancakes. It is a good time to flip a pancake when you can see some bubbles on the top.

Now comes the best part. We put all together to make the ultimate chocolate-y X-Mas pancakes! Build two stacks of pancakes and pour the fudge chocolate sauce on top. Get out the green trees out of the fridge and stick them in the pancakes. If yo want you can sprinkle some white chocolate on top like snow. Use a sharp grater for this. The fudgy sauce will soak up some of the white chocolate, so make sure you grate a thick layer.

A Xmas special! Super chocolatey pancakes covered with fudgy chocolate sauce with chocolate trees and -  you guessed it - hot drinking chocolate! This festive recipe is brought to you by the German food blog Pancake Stories!

For the hot drinking chocolate (two cups):
400g milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 Pinches of cinnamon
2 Pinches of cardamom
2 Pinches of salt
2 Pinches of cayenne pepper
200g milk chocolate 
some marshmallows for the topping (this one is optional, but let's be real, you want marshmallows in your chocolate)

Utensils: a pot, a measuring cup, a whisk

Heat up the milk in the pot on low temperature. Than put all the ingredients in the pot and let the chocolate melt. Stir the mixture so that nothing sticks to the bottom. The liquid is even and warm enough for you? You can drink it!

This is it people, the ultimate drinking hot chocolate paired with an epic stack of pancakes. If you don't know what to give a loved one as a present, we are sure everyone would be happy if you prepare this meal for them! Pancake Stories wishes everyone happy holidays!

A Xmas special! Super chocolatey pancakes covered with fudgy chocolate sauce with chocolate trees and -  you guessed it - hot drinking chocolate! This festive recipe is brought to you by the German food blog Pancake Stories!

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