December 20, 2010

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pancakes

  
 
There is quite possibly nothing more delicious that can happen before noon. 

I hear my mind wandering to other things.  
But...! It says. Once I had a....!  
Squeaks the corner of my brain, recalling a fresh-baked,
buttery croissant of breakfast past, or conjuring the taste
of a distant rich, smooth cup of coffee. 

Hush. Be still. 

There is quite possibly nothing more delicious that can happen before noon
than this. There is quite possibly nothing more delicious
than a frigid December morning, so cold that from here
I observe the crackled webs of ice
splayed wildly across the nearby windowpane. 
There is quite possibly nothing more delicious 
than knowing that nothing will call me out of pajamas all day.


There is quite possibly nothing more delicious
than the sweet aroma 
of cocoa and sugar as they dance
through the apartment. Nothing more comforting 
than when the silky, thick batter crackles instantly upon contact 
with the salty, buttered griddle. Then, it hisses slowly,
a relenting sigh, as small bubbles form on its surface.  

And finally, there is quite possibly nothing more delicious before noon 
than heaping forkfuls of dripping semi-sweet chocolate 
enveloped in soft, peanut butter laced dough. 

It's like a steaming chocolate chip cookie stolen
straight from the baking sheet, 
so fresh it's not yet formed and so it crumbles immediately
into a big, heaping mess of sweet doughy goodness right there on your tongue. 
Except that it's pancakes. And they're for breakfast. 


  If you think there's anything quite possibly more delicious, please let me know.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pancakes: Add to your favorite pancake batter or mix at least 2 T. of peanut butter, 1 t. cinnamon, 1 t. vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth and fully incorporated, then fold in 1/2 cup swemi-sweet chocolate chips. Keep cooked pancakes warm in a 200-250 degree oven while you finish the entire batch. Enjoy melted, chocolate peanut butter goodness covered with hot maple syrup, warmed in the microwave.

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