Food & Drink

Chocolate Pancakes

Celebrate Chocolate Week with these decadent Venezuelan chocolate pancakes from Paul Young.

Award-winning chocolatier, Paul Young, shares a favourite, saying "This recipe for Venezuelan chocolate pancakes with chocolate maple syrup is my homage to Sunday-morning brunch, which is one of those occasions when anything goes; in other words, be as indulgent and naughty as you like because it is certainly not the time to count calories or grams of fat. Feel free to add blueberries, nuts and sultanas if the fancy takes you. The syrup can be made days or even weeks in advance and stored in the fridge."


Feeds 4


For the pancakes
25g Venezuelan 100% dark chocolate, grated
200g buckwheat flour, or spelt
1 free-range egg
45g light muscovado sugar
350ml milk
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
25g unsalted butter, for frying

For the syrup
Pinch of sea salt
250ml dark maple syrup
100g 70% dark chocolate, broken into pieces


1. Place all the pancake ingredients (except the butter) in a blender or food processor and whizz until a smooth, thick batter is formed. Leave the batter to rest while you make the syrup.

2. To make the syrup, dissolve the salt in 50ml water in a saucepan over a gentle heat, then add the maple syrup and bring to a simmer.

3. Pour on to the chocolate in a bowl and whisk well until smooth.

4. Heat a crêpe pan or non-stick frying pan until quite hot and melt a generous wedge of butter until it sizzles.

5. Spoon a small or large amount of the batter into the pan, depending on whether you want to make American pancakes or crêpes.

6. Leave to cook on a medium heat until you see bubbles on the surface of the pancake, then carefully turn over and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.

7. Place the pancakes on a plate and cover with foil until you have cooked the entire batch.

8. Serve the pancakes laced with the warm syrup – be generous as the pancakes soak up a lot!

Extracted from Adventures with Chocolate by Paul Young, published by Kyle Cathie, photography: Anders Schønnemann


Tickets to The Chocolate Show (16-18th October), taking place at Olympia National (Fri, 10am-7pm; Sat, 10am-7pm), are still available. Buy your tickets here.


The one week in the year when you can eat chocolate guilt-free, Chocolate Week is now in its eleventh year.

A collaboration with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, it sees demonstrations, tastings, talks and samplings happen in a host of events, culminating in The Chocolate Show at London’s Olympia. Find out more here.

October 2015