Q: Chef, I love breakfast! I’m wondering if you have a great pancake recipe that I could use for a family event coming up. I really want to wow them and show them something special.

A: Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. A great breakfast sets the tone for the whole day. I have a wonderful German Chocolate Pancake recipe that we have added to our menu here at the restaurant. It is guaranteed to make your eyes bigger than your stomach. Close your eyes, and you will think you’re eating a rich and decadent German chocolate cake. If any of your guests are not into all the richness, you can serve them plain. The use of cocoa powder in the mix instead of milk chocolate gives the pancakes great chocolate flavor with out the added sugar and fat.

German Chocolate Pancakes (serves 4)



4 c milk

4 eggs

½ c butter, melted

4 c all-purpose flour

1 1/3 c cocoa powder

1 c sugar

2 t baking soda

2 t salt

Toasted coconut, chopped pecans, caramel sauce and strawberries for garnish


Beat eggs, milk and melted butter together. Separately blend dry ingredients together. Fold in dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, careful not to over-mix.

Cook on griddle or in non-stick pan, whichever you prefer.

Garnish pancakes with toasted coconut, pecans and caramel sauce. Top with a fresh strawberry.

Chef John Johnson is executive chef at River City Casino. For questions or recipe requests, email him at John.Johnson@rivercity.com.