We welcomed a new client at the studio I work at as Creative Director and Graphic Designer: Perugina. They are an Italian chocolate producer, originally hailing from a beautiful, mountainous Ubrian town from which they owe their name to. One of their most famous confections is Baci, a truffle-like assembly of dark chocolate ganache that coats an inner core of chopped hazelnuts and milk chocolate. It is Italian sweetness party in your mouth. According to legend, Baci was created on Valentine’s Day in 1922, and since then has been a traditional Valentine’s gift in Italian households. Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and in honor of Perugina, I thought I would share a Baci Pancake recipe with you all. The result of my experiments with Baci this week are these intensely fluffy, cookie-like pancakes with tangy cherries and excellent chocolate hazel flavor. And they are ever-so-slightly healthier. A teeny bit…Print
2/4 cup soy milk (you can use regular milk if you like)
1/2 all purpose cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
3 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 chopped Baci*
Mix all the dry ingredients together until they are well combined.
Add in the egg and the soy milk (or regular milk) and mix until a thick batter forms.
Lightly coat a griddle or frying pan with oil or butter and heat until hot.
Drop generous 1/4 cup of batter onto grill per pancake. Brown on one side, then flip and brown other side.
Can be served with syrup, butter or just sprinkled with powered sugar.
*Note: the Baci will be easier to chop if they are cold