We love the delicious possibilities that await when guest bloggers dig into our chocolate, wine and gift baskets. Lauren Grier of The Curious Plate, put a tasty spin on breakfast when we sent her our Dessert Wine and Truffles Gift. Her recipe for a chocolate pancake topping is below.

Growing up, I remember my dad receiving great big Harry & David gift baskets from clients. I would get jazz-hands excited when he would stroll through the door carrying a basket, because I knew contained inside were some of the greatest foodie treasures.

Recipe for pancake toppings with Harry & David chocolate truffles and candies pears

My personal favorite: pears and chocolate truffles. I don’t know how Harry & David does it, but their pears are absolute perfection. If you had any doubt they’re kings of the pear trade, imagine yours truly jumping up and down, begging my father to peel the golden wrapper faster.

But! I also have a special sugary fondness for their truffles. Each one is decorated with beautiful colors, and let’s not forget the sugar delight you receive from eating just one.

Even though truffles can be enjoyed just by their lonesome, I surprised myself when I was cooking the other day and decided some fluffy buttermilk pancakes needed a decadent sidekick. We all know that nothing beats a stack of flapjacks with warm maple syrup. But I think I may have the standard ol’ stack beat.

I decided to melt some Harry & David truffles (GASP!) and turn them into a chocolaty syrup. I realize this may ruffle a few truffle purist feathers, but let me tell you, one bite of these golden pancakes drizzled with this decadent syrup and you will never go back to IHOP again.

So, if you’re looking to surprise your family and friends this holiday season with a treat, I recommend a chocolate gift basket filled with Harry & David chocolate truffles, or a wine gift with a bottle of their new Dessert Wine. Paired together, this Christmas gift is simply delightful. The giving and cooking possibilities are endless!

Buttermilk Pancakes with Chocolate Truffle Syrup & Candied Pears

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For the Buttermilk Pancakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 2 cups Buttermilk (room temperature)
  • ¼ unsalted butter (melted, cooled)
  • pinch cinnamon

For Truffle Syrup:

  • 8 David & Harry Truffles

For the Candied Pears:


Buttermilk Pancakes:

  • In a large bowl, whisk all eight ingredients together. Don’t over mix the batter.
  • Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat. Spray the skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Ladle about 1/3 cup of the batter into the skillet. Once little bubbles appear, flip the pancake. Cook for another minute or until golden brown.
  • Repeat the process until all the batter has been used. Drizzle your pancake with the truffle syrup and garnish with the candied pears!

Chocolate Truffle Sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt six chocolate truffles.
  • Stir to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn. Remove from heat.

Candied Pears:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Toss pears with brown sugar and place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and caramelized.


*Buttermilk pancakes adapted from Food Network
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Lauren is a self-proclaimed foodie, recipe developer, photography lover, cookbook author, and world traveler. On her blog The Curious Plate, she shares unique recipes, travel experiences, and local recommendations from her home town in Denver, Colorado. Her style is all about "embracing curiosity," and she likes to treat her kitchen as her playground when creating fresh, flavorful, and adventurous recipes.


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