Rye Chocolate and Orange Silver Dollar Pancakes

Breakfast, Pancakes

When I was eight years old, I was gifted a child’s magician kit and thought that I had found my life’s calling. Included in the kit were three cups and a disappearing fuzzy ball, two very white gloves, a stuffed animal bunny that folded into the side of a hat, and playing cards that were sneaky.

For the next two months I wore terrible magician-like outfits and forced anyone, and I mean anyone who came over to our house to allow me to show them my act. It was very serious. I’m pretty sure I was inspired by David Copperfield making a huge gigantic plane disappear under a big tarp on 60 Minutes or something. It was pretty impressive.

I’m now very retired from my magic days but I kind of like watching magic shows. One of the most fun things in the world is to have one too many drinks and go watch magic. Literally, like, literally everything will make you go “Oooooo!” and “WHOA!” You will understand nothing.

These pancakes are like magic. They have crazy secrets inside! They appear to look like pretty normal, standard chocolate chip pancakes, but they’re so not. Oh no. (And yes, I basically just compared making a plane disappear to pancakes.)

These pancakes have lots of orange in ’em. Orange juice and orange zest.

One of my favorite sweet combinations in the entire is orange and chocolate.

If I can describe these pancakes in one word, it’d be: bright!

Yeh, they’re refreshing and sweet and chocolatey…

…And earthy! Let me explain.

Rye and orange were made for each other. The earthy flavor from the rye paired with the refreshing, sweet flavor from the orange is like a lil’ explosion in your mouth.

These guys stay fluffy from the halfsies combination of all-purpose AND rye flour. They’re tall and light and oh so delicious.

Rye Chocolate Orange Silver Dollar Pancakes

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1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rye flour
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest (from 1 orange)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Add ins:
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Butter or Vegetable Oil for the skillet

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flours, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2. In a measuring cup or small bowl, measure out the milk. Add the fresh orange juice, egg and melted butter and beat until thoroughly combined.

3. All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps.

4. Preheat your skillet over medium heat and brush with 1/2 tablespoons of butter or a teaspoon of oil. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop the batter onto the warm skillet. add 6 to 7 chocolate chips to each pancake, gently pressing them into the pancake. cook for 2 to 3 minutes until small bubbles form on the surface, and then flip. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook on the opposite sides for about 1 minute, or until golden brown.

5. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200°F oven to keep warm. Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more butter or vegetable oil to the skillet when needed. serve immediately.

Yields 14

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  • Reply Margherita October 31, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I had the same magician kit, but my brother lost half the pieces before I could home my skills.
    Such a disappointment back then as I really thought I could make as a magician.
    I guess I’ll have to console myself with some of your pancakes…

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 31, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Yes please! What a lovely flavour!

  • Reply [email protected] Totes Delish October 31, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Okayyyy I’m officially in love with these pancakes!

  • Reply Sarah October 31, 2012 at 7:36 am

    These look delicious! I love orange and chocolate together.

  • Reply GIGI October 31, 2012 at 9:07 am

    this is a fantastic recipe and great for my healthier diet right now. thanks!! gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • Reply Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes October 31, 2012 at 9:29 am

    This is torture – I want these right now…bad!! Yummm

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition October 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I love chocolate and orange together too. Remember those orange-flavored chocolate spheres that were covered in foil to make them look like oranges? Loved those.

  • Reply Megan October 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

    For some reason I have always been grossed out by orange and chocolate together. Isn’t that odd how some people just have weird things like that? It is HUGE over here in England though. Chocolate and Orange in England is like Chocolate and Peanut Butter in America.

    Your post has made me think of something, though… I work in comedy and there’s lots of talk about less women succeeding in comedy, etc, but we never hear anything about magic. And I cannot think of one female magician! There is actually one I’ve met in the cabaret circuit here in London, but she’s certainly not one of the famous ones we hear about all the time… I wonder if it’s just one of those things that people encourage boys to do when they’re kids, but not girls. Although it’s good to hear you had a magic set, and I think I had one like that, too. Sorry, went on a curious feminist tangent there, but wanted you to know you made me think about it!

  • Reply Mary @ Bake Break October 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I vote that you reinstate your magic show, and I will watch, and it will include these pancakes on a Sunday morning.

    You’ll be a hit!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Haha I love the story about your magic days! I agree with Mary, I want to see tricks on this blog 🙂

    This combo sounds and looks amazing.

  • Reply Carrie @ the cook's palette October 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Yum! Pancakes make me so, so happy. I might eat these for dinner tonight…it is Halloween, after all!

  • Reply thecitygourmand October 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I’ve never actually tried using rye flour before – these pancakes would be a great start!

  • Reply Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen October 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Ok, you’ve totally talked me into these! I’m pinning them for sure. Next time I make pancakes. I never have even done chocolate chip pancakes. I know, shameful. I love that you used rye flour with these.

  • Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment November 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    these look and sound amazing!! i never would have thought of rye and orange, but I am intrigued. Also, your tales of childhood magicianship (is that a word? probably not) cracked me up.

  • Reply Kate November 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

    That linen in the last picture is so cute! Want these now!

  • Reply Alex November 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    They look so delicious, I can almost taste them!

  • Reply Rebecca P November 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I feel like I had that same kit! And these pancakes look so awesome. Look at all that syrup! YES!

  • Reply [email protected] Totes Delishy November 1, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I also had a magic trick set I got as a kid, the only difference was I could never do any of the tricks. Forcing people to watch your magic tricks over and over is a cute kid thing, forcing them to watch you unsuccessfully attempt a trick for the 39th time is just annoying.
    These pancakes sound amazing love the idea!

  • Reply Nancy November 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Chocolate and orange is one of my absolute favorites! That looks amazing! 😀


  • Reply Laura | My Little Gourmet November 2, 2012 at 12:35 am

    These look and sound absolutely delicious. I must admit I’m not a huge orange mixed with chocolate fan, but this recipe has just convinced me to give it another try.

  • Reply Stephanie November 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I saw this post right before I made my husband’s birthday breakfast. He was delightfully surprised when the anticipated plain pancakes turned out to be these awesome ones instead. We both loved them, thanks!

  • Reply Cass @foodmyfriend November 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Yum! These are almost too sweet for breaky. They would be perfect for a dessert. I love pancakes. Every weekend I plan to make them but I haven’t yet. Next weekend?

  • Reply Ibbs @ LaLangostaYMi February 9, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I discovered your recipe today and just HAD to make them for breakfast, I had to tweak a little bit for soya, and they were still super delicious!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration
    x x

    • Reply Adrianna February 9, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Nice! YAY!

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