I call them pancakes only because I cook them in a pan. I decided to cook them this way because it was too hot in the house to even think of turning on the oven!
The dessert can be stacked as high as you desire (or at least as high as you can go before it topples over!) In any case, it is absolutely delicious.
It is mouth-watering to watch the chocolate sauce dripping down over the soft vanilla ice-cream as it is served, but even more amazing than that is when you get to take a spoon and dig into this delicious chocolate dessert!
Vanilla Ice Cream (or try chocolate, mint or strawberry)
Brownie Pancakes (plan on about 4 cakes per serving)
*Chocolate Sauce (or ice-cream topping purchased at the store)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/4 cup flour
In a 4-cup measuring cup (or small bowl) add vegetable oil, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Beat in 1 large egg.
In a small bowl sift together baking powder, cocoa, salt and flour.
Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture.
Heat a griddle to 250-300 degrees.
Drop small spoonfuls of brownie batter onto the griddle. Each pancake should be about 2 inches across.
In about 10 minutes the edges of the pancakes will be crisp. Flip the pancakes over and cook for another 5 minutes. Be patient. It is better to keep a lower temperature on the grill and cook the pancakes longer than try to rush the cooking by increasing the heat.
Move the pancakes to a wire rack to cool. (Makes about 12 2-inch pancakes)
Prepare the Ice-Cream
Take the vanilla or chocolate ice cream and scoop out balls that measure slightly over 2 inches. Place the balls on a cookie sheet. Cover and return to the freezer for at least one hour.
Place a brownie pancake on a serving plate. Top with a scoop of ice-cream. Continue to stack the brownies and ice-cream. End with a brownie on top.
Pour the chocolate syrup over the top brownie until it is covered. Allow the syrup to drip down the sides of the dessert. Additional syrup can be poured at the base of the dessert. Chopped nuts, whipped cream and fresh strawberry slices could also be added if desired.
* I actually made my own chocolate sauce. You can melt chocolate and add a tiny bit of cream. Make sure the sauce is not too hot when it is poured on top of the ice-cream.
This dessert tastes best when the ice-cream is slightly melted. A spoonful of this dessert is a glorious combination of ice-cream, chocolate and chewy brownies.