Gingerbread Pancakes

in Breakfast, Pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes // www.acozykitchen.com

My favorite holiday activity growing up was with my papa. We’d go to a restaurants — usually when we were doing some crazy last-minute holiday shopping — and we’d always grab lunch somewhere. My dad would ask me if I thought the server was nice (he or she usually was), I’d nod excitedly and my dad would jot down a tip that equated to double the amount of the bill. And then we’d leave immediately because imagining what her reaction was when she or he opened the bill fold was much more fun than getting a big ol’ thank you. I always hoped she or he would buy something nice for themselves. Or maybe if they were having a bad day from waiting on impatient people, that it’d reaffirm that not all people are bad. Til’ this day it might be one of my favorite memories with my dad.

Besides tipping generously just ‘cuz, another thing I have to have during the holiday season is gingerbread anything. I’d like to just put it out there that I’m super picky about gingerbread baked goods. It can’t be too spicy or else my nose itches and I get a brattitude. The amount of spices needs to be just right. These pancakes are one of my favorite recipes from PANCAKES (da cookbook!).

I’d be a bad blogger if I didn’t say that, “PANCAKES (da cookbook) IS A GREAT COOKBOOK TO GIVE AS A GIFT.” (Gotta pimp out your work sometimes, you know?)

Gingerbread Pancakes // www.acozykitchen.com

Gingerbread Pancakes // www.acozykitchen.com

This recipe fits perfectly into the Christmas morning breakfast equation.

The recipe in the book uses buttermilk, but the one below uses milk. I basically forgot to buy buttermilk at the grocery store so I subbed in milk with tweaking the leavening a bit. Also, the recipe in the book makes about half as these–I figured we’re all cooking for a crowd around this time. If it’s just you and a few other people, feel free to half this recipe–it doesn’t it very easily.

This weekend I plan on setting up my Christmas tree, blasting the Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas album while simultaneously yelling at Amelia who I can guarantee will be focused on stealing the ornaments. She loves being chased. These fluffy pancakes will be a solid addition.

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Gingerbread Pancakes

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Dry mix:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup light or dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Wet mix:
1 1/2 cup whole milk
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons (unsulfured) molasses
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Butter for griddle

1. In a medium bowl, mix together flours, dark brown sugar, baking powder, salt and spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

2. In a measuring cup (or small bowl), measure out the milk. Add the eggs, molasses and melted butter; beat until combined.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps.

4. Heat up your griddle (or cast iron skillet), over medium heat, and brush with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Scoop the batter, using a 1/4 cup measure (or tablespoon measure), onto the warm skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancake, and then flip. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook on opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown.

5. Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in 200 degree preheated oven to keep warm. Proceed with the rest of the batter until you’re done. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and warm maple syrup.

Makes about 18 pancakes

Adapted from PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 6, 2013 at 12:27 am

I made gingerbread pancakes yesterday! I thought of you and wondered if you had a recipe for them, and saw them in your cookbook before I started mine. I love that you use some whole wheat flour. I was not that healthy :) pinned

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Adrianna Adarme December 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

Oh! I just saw them! They look amaze. :)

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cindy December 6, 2013 at 1:30 am

I LOVE that little tid-bit about your dad and holiday tipping. My mom and I love to leave a solid tip, people can be so tough to deal with!

Also, these pancakes need to happen in my life! Good thing I have your awesome book ;)

PS, one of my dogs is straight OBSESSED with the same glitter-y, polar bear ornament every year. Pups be cray.

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 6, 2013 at 4:36 am

I’m so happy about all of the gingerbread that is going on in the internet right now. Makes me one happy camper. These pancakes look great!!

Also, I totally love that tradition that you and your Dad had growing up. What a great thing to do–you probably made so many people’s day over the years. I definitely want to start something like that.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 6, 2013 at 6:42 am

These are such a fun flavour! Love!

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Marie @ Little Kitchie December 6, 2013 at 7:01 am

Gingerbread pancakes are my favorite! Will have to try!

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dishing up the dirt December 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

Such a cute story about you and your dad. These pancakes sound fantastic!

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sandra December 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

what a nice idea – and so easy to adapt my current favorite pancake mix into a festive one!

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Erin/babesinthriftland December 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

Love that story about your dad! What a generous guy. I know that when I tip, I try to round up or give 20% because a dollar or two to me isn’t a big deal but it makes a difference for the server! These pancakes look really amazing… :)

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lynn @ the actor's diet December 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

So lovely. I always think of my dad when I make pancakes these days, b/c it was the only thing I cooked growing up for him.

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Holly Henderson December 6, 2013 at 11:57 am

Great story about your dad and about teaching you the concept of generosity. Props to Pops!

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) December 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

These are some seriously beautiful pancakes!

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Karen December 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Made these tonight for dinner…..so good!

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Fiona December 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Will there be additional gingerbread recipes to come?

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Adrianna Adarme December 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

I have one more in the works!

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Jayne December 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I just made a lovely gingerbread muffin recipe and it’s going up on my blog on Wednesday! Kinda addicted to gingerbread flavours now. Wanna try this real soon :-)

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Haley December 11, 2013 at 5:50 am

Yum! I for sure need to try these. Time to switch my obsession with pumpkin to something more seasonal :)

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Emily @ Life on Food December 15, 2013 at 4:57 am

What a way to start your morning!! This look super yummy. I am all about gingerbread this year.

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cristi December 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm

If I decide to use buttermilk do I need to tweak any of the recipe you posted? (I’m asking because you said you used regular milk and ended up changing a few things)

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Adrianna Adarme December 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Yes! You’ll most likely need to add more buttermilk (around 2 cups, plus a few more tablespoons, if it thickens as the batter sits) and you’ll need to change the leavening to: 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon baking soda.

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e January 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Oh, I waitressed my way through college -a long, long time ago- and Adrianna your story about your Papa warmed the cockles of my heart!!! I usually give at least 20%, but now I will follow in his wallet-steps as part of my Holiday tradition, too. I think it will be more than marvelous that you shared your memory–I’m sure it will inspire many more people than you can imagine (there is regular-old-face-to-face word-of-mouth that will also spread the word of you and your Dad’s surprise tip-gifts Holiday tradition to peoples’ friends and friends of friends, etc)
(apparently there is no such word as, “waitressed,” cause there is that red line under it letting me know it is a misspelling. might be an error on there part, b/c I definitely ‘waitressed!’)
Technical Question: I don’t have and am not supposed to eat Whole Wheat Flour (I know, it’s weird & opposite of what the usual healthy nutrition advice advises). So, can I just substitute the white Flour for it, or do I adjust the amount, and do I need to adjust anything else?
Thanks very much, especially b/c, like you, my gingerbread has to not be too spicy & just right:)
Elizabeth

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Elizabeth January 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Oh, I waitressed my way through college -a long, long time ago- and Adrianna your story about your Papa warmed the cockles of my heart!!! I usually give at least 20%, but now I will follow in his wallet-steps as part of my Holiday tradition, too. I think it will be more than marvelous that you shared your memory–I’m sure it will inspire many more people than you can imagine (there is regular-old-face-to-face word-of-mouth that will also spread the word)
(apparently there is no such word as, “waitressed,” cause there is that red line under it letting me know it is a misspelling. might be an error on their part, b/c I definitely ‘waitressed!’)
Technical Question: I don’t have and am not supposed to eat Whole Wheat Flour (I know, it’s weird & opposite of what the usual healthy nutrition advice advises). So, can I just substitute the white Flour for it, or do I adjust the amount, and do I need to adjust anything else?
Thanks very much, especially b/c, like you, my gingerbread has to not be too spicy & just right:)
Elizabeth

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Trula March 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

I made these this morning and they were very good! The flavor was great as is, but if you like strong ginger flavor, I would recommend adding more ginger, or maybe some fresh ginger. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Adrianna Adarme March 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Oh yay! Glad you loved them!

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