I know – DROOL!

These pancakes have become a Sunday Brunch staple in this household. The inspiration for this particular recipe came from our love for crepes, or as we call them, Палачинки. That is, Palachinki (Pa-la-cheen-key).

When I make crepes, 50% of the time they are filled with Nutella, and the other 50% of the time they are filled with chocolate ganache. As a matter of fact, when I created this recipe a few years back, my friends dubbed these delicious cakes as Panachinki; pancakes and palachinki in one. And that is what we have been calling them since.

In honor of National Pancake Week hosted by Rachael Hutchings, author of one of my favorite blogs, Lafujimama, I rolled up my sleeves this morning and made a batch of these delicious pancakes just in time for breakfast.

You can check out some of the other delicious photos and recipes of pancakes on Flickr.

Because of all the yummy calories in the ganache, I tried to save a little on the pancakes: they are made with a bit of whole wheat flour and unflavored Almond Milk. I know that this is like ordering a Big Mac with a side of Diet Pepsi :), but it’s what works for me. Feel free to make the pancakes as fat full as you want!

Whole Wheat Pancakes filled with Chocolate Ganache

You will need:

For the pancakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups unflavored Almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

For the Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  • Prepare the ganache first because it needs to be chilled before you can use it in this recipe.
  • Place the chocolate into a medium bowl.
  • Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot.
  • When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chopped chocolate, and whisk until smooth.
  • Put about 1/3 cup of the ganache in a small bowl and set it aside at room temperature.
  • Place the remaining ganache in the refrigerator until firm, about one hour.


  • Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk; add to flour mixture, stirring until smooth.
  • Mix in melted butter. If the batter is too thick, add a little more milk.

  • Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.
  • On a hot, greased griddle, pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake.
  • Cook for one minute, then add a tablespoon of the chilled ganache in the middle of the pancake.

  • Pour a tablespoon of the pancake mixture over the ganache and allow to cook for one more minute before turning the pancake.

  • Turn and brown the other side.

*The ganache will begin to ooze out; not to worry. Push the ganache back towards the pancake with a spatula.

  • Set pancakes aside and let cool.

In the meantime prepare the 1/3 cup of ganache that we set aside earlier:

  • Pour the ganache in the top pan of a double boiler and heat until the ganache is pourable.
  • Sprinkle the pancakes with powdered sugar and top with the warm ganache.

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  1. Kim - Liv Life July 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    I don’t know how this came across my screen today, but it took my breath away!!! Wow!!!

  2. So you took an amazingly healthy pancake and filled it with chocolate? :) I love it.

  3. Meagan March 1, 2011 at 7:21 PM - Reply

    Wow the pancakes look amazing and I just love chocolate!

  4. Alice February 27, 2011 at 11:27 PM - Reply

    YUM! beautiful photos, too!

  5. freshandfoodie February 27, 2011 at 5:42 PM - Reply

    Wow, Kate! These are really impressive! I love adding chocolate chips to pancakes, but have never tried ganache! Awesome!

  6. Amy February 27, 2011 at 1:07 PM - Reply

    These sound amazing! Like breakfast for dessert! The photos are making my mouth water ;)!

  7. Magic of Spice February 25, 2011 at 6:13 PM - Reply

    Those are just amazing!

  8. gingerbreadbagels February 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    Oh my goodness, give me those pancakes!! They look sooo incredible and I would gladly eat them all for you. ;)

  9. Chris and Amy February 25, 2011 at 3:09 PM - Reply

    You just took pancakes to a whole new level. Wow!

  10. littleyellowkitchen February 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    Geez Kate! These look soooo good, waaay better than the normal chocolate chip pancake. Way to kick it up a notch :)

  11. Jill February 24, 2011 at 10:50 AM - Reply

    I just love it when you share another delicious word with us in Macedonian as well as the delicious recipe. They look AMAZING. Nice touch with the whole wheat flour and all that dribbling chocolate… Had no idea it was pancake week with you!

  12. Florian (Frenchyscuisine.com) February 24, 2011 at 1:36 AM - Reply

    Yum, really nice picture, zen and tasty, gonna try ! Thanks !

  13. PinayInTexas February 23, 2011 at 11:46 PM - Reply

    Wow! Sooo delish! A must try indeed! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} February 23, 2011 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    Boy – how can you go wrong with ganache in a pancake and for breakfast to boot. Delish!!

  15. 5 Star Foodie February 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM - Reply

    Mmm…. the pancakes filled with chocolate ganache? Wow, I love this idea, so decadent, a must try for sure!

  16. Gabby@foodchowdown February 23, 2011 at 8:44 PM - Reply

    Can I borrow you for a day? Those look so good. I don’t think I would be able to make them myself, wanna make them for me? jk

  17. Becky February 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM - Reply

    These pancakes would be perfect for brunch! I’ve never even eaten stuffed pancakes, let alone with ganache!

  18. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen February 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM - Reply

    I love all the chocolate oozing all over the place! It’s perfect to have a healthy pancake covered in chocolate :)

  19. Sprinkled with Flour February 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM - Reply

    Oh, I love these! I think it completely counts to include a healthy ingredient to offset the calories:) Delicious!

  20. Katerina February 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM - Reply

    These pancakes make me drool! They look delish!

  21. Geni February 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    Oh my, those look so delicious! I’ve never seen almond milk used in pancake batter, but it sounds like a great idea. Seeing as it’s national pancake week, I think I’ll have to try a batch of these for dinner tonight..I’m getting excited!

  22. Maja February 23, 2011 at 6:23 AM - Reply

    I don’t think I can focus on work any more after seeing that first photo ! Yum !

  23. Michelle February 23, 2011 at 5:37 AM - Reply

    These pancakes look SO decadent!

  24. Medeja February 23, 2011 at 4:31 AM - Reply

    What a lovely recipe, and I was thinking how did you fill those pancakes :) great idea!

  25. Angie's Recipes February 23, 2011 at 3:25 AM - Reply

    Those pancakes are too good to eat alone! :-)) Love nutella anything.

  26. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking February 23, 2011 at 1:01 AM - Reply

    Palachinki and Nutella :) what else one may need for a perfect brunch??? Well maybe just a huge cup of coffee, but definitely nothing else… Kate, your pancakes are just great!!!

  27. Kita February 22, 2011 at 10:31 PM - Reply

    These must be those pancakes I read about on Twitter today! They look super yummy! Who doesn’t love chocolate ganache?

  28. natalie (the sweets life) February 22, 2011 at 9:09 PM - Reply

    what a fabulous recipe!

  29. happywhennothungry February 22, 2011 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    Wow! These pancakes look amazing. Yum!

  30. A little bit of everything February 22, 2011 at 8:17 PM - Reply

    OMG, it’s raining in my mouth. the pancakes look amazing. I really want some right now. LOVE the surprise filling. Thanks for sharing Kate

  31. Sandra February 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM - Reply

    Trigger Food Alert. Kate these look ridiculously good. I may have to drop five pounds before I make these. Saving this one for sure!

  32. Sandra February 22, 2011 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    MMM..Oh Kate these are so delicious! Love that you used chocolate on top..totally drooling!:)

  33. Lindsey at Burn Me Not February 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM - Reply

    Oh these look good! I must say I have never filled a pancake before. I’ve mixed in a number of things into the batter, but to the fill them with chocolate… wow! Drool is right!

  34. Liz February 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM - Reply

    What a fabulous stack of pancakes…move over maple syrup!!!!

  35. briarrose February 22, 2011 at 6:50 PM - Reply

    Chocolate and pancakes….I am so in. This stack looks wonderful.

  36. The Farmers Wife February 22, 2011 at 6:21 PM - Reply

    *sigh* Oh no you didn’t… Could those be more divine? I just absolutely love this recipe, looks so scrumptious. Ok… I’m officially starving now!

  37. Kristin February 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM - Reply

    Yes, please! I need to eat this RIGHT NOW.

  38. In Katrina's Kitchen February 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM - Reply

    Yes yes yes! I’ll take 2 stacks please!! Wow! These are a tribute to pancake-lovers everywhere!!!! – Katrina

  39. Claudia February 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    Okay – that’s dessert. It’s a brilliant dessert mind you and I could have them for brunch every Sunday and a few days in-between – but that ooey-gooey ganache atop perfect pancakes is definitely dessert!

  40. Kankana February 22, 2011 at 4:34 PM - Reply

    This is giving me ideas ;) beautiful pancakes !

  41. lil @ sweetsbysillianah February 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM - Reply

    *gasp* these are some decadent-looking palachinki’s (more fun to say than pancake!)!! i also love that you shot the photos outside in the snow… and sprinkled powdered sugar on the pancakes… so clever and creative! =D

    btw, i just discovered la fujimama a couple weeks ago and love her blog too!

  42. fooddreamer February 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM - Reply

    I just fell off my chair in a dead faint from looking at those. YUM!

  43. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour February 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM - Reply

    Oh these are just over top! My family would adore these….you out did yourself on this lovely post!

  44. Lauren February 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM - Reply

    Oh dear. These are crazy…..crazy good looking. thanks

  45. torviewtoronto February 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM - Reply

    beautiful pictures looks delicious

  46. Steph@stephsbitebybite February 22, 2011 at 3:42 PM - Reply

    Oh my lordy!! I am making these this weekend for my post run meal!! Sweet, now I’m excited to run 6 miles :)

  47. Christina February 22, 2011 at 3:42 PM - Reply

    These look amazing! I’ve got cherry pancakes coming up later this week in honor of pancake week!

  48. something_good February 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM - Reply

    quote ‘I know that this is like ordering a Big Mac with a side of Diet Pepsi’ – hahaha, you made my day with this one! Lovely pancakes and photos!

  49. claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend February 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM - Reply

    these are heaven on a plate!

  50. Leanna @ Raptortoe.com February 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM - Reply

    In Poland we call crepes “nalesniki” Na-lessh-neek-ee

    and this makes me want to make more pancakes!! blueberry maybe?

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