Are you all hanging on out there? With all the holiday parties and gift-buying and sugary sweets, it’s easy to get worn out. I think I’ve made it abundantly clear lately (sorry) that I’m on the worn-out side myself. I’ve resolved to focus on top priorities and let the rest slip, starting with my first yoga class in weeks tomorrow morning. I also want to hire some help so I can take a proper post-cookbook vacation next year. India? Morocco? Thailand?
I’m bummed that I haven’t been able to share all of the holiday recipes on my list this year. I might try to squeeze in a few extra if I can be more brief in the introduction. What do you say? I know we’re all busy this time of year.
I really wanted to revisit this gingerbread pancakes recipe that I published almost four years ago exactly. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve just been reticent to promote these pancakes because they looked like unappetizing brown blobs in the old photos. Here are some better photos to do them justice, along with a revised recipe that meets my post-cookbook recipe-writing standards. I also added special diet notes, so these should work if you’re vegan and/or gluten free.
These molasses-laced spiced pancakes are fluffy yet hearty, and both warming and comforting. They’re for Christmas morning and special occasions, but they’re also for those other days when we need some warmth and cheer. I hope you enjoy them on a cozy winter morning soon. In case you’re craving more gingerbread-flavored sweets, check out my gingerbread granola, spicy molasses cookies and gingerbread cookies.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons unsulphured molasses (the strength of your molasses will determine the intensity of the gingerbread flavor—lighter molasses imparts less flavor, whereas blackstrap can be pretty intense)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter or coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- If you're using an electric griddle, go ahead and preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the milk, egg, molasses, maple syrup, butter and vanilla extract (if you're using coconut oil and it solidifies on contact with cold ingredients, just warm the mixture in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds, until it melts again, or let the mixture rest for a few minutes in a warm place). Whisk until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Pour into the flour mixture and stir just until the mixture is incorporated and no big lumps of flour remain.
- If you're not using an electric griddle, heat a stovetop griddle, cast-iron pan or non-stick pan over medium-low heat. It's hot enough when a drop of water sizzles against the pan. If necessary, grease the pan with a pat of butter or non-stick cooking spray (my griddle is non-stick so I didn't use any).
- Give the bowl one more stir and pour ⅓ cup batter into the pan (if at any point the batter becomes too thick, just stir in a tiny splash of milk). Wait until the outer ½" of the pancake is no longer shiny, then flip it with a spatula. Cook on the opposite sides for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve the cooked pancake immediately or keep warm in an oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Repeat with remaining pancakes, adjusting heat as necessary to achieve pancakes that are cooked through and golden brown on both sides.
*Orange cream cheese topping option: This recipe was originally published with orange cream cheese on top and it is delicious. To make it, just whisk together around 3 ounces of softened cream cheese with ¼ to ½ teaspoon orange zest and a tiny splash of orange juice, to taste. (You can see a picture of the topping here.)
Make it dairy free: Use your favorite non-dairy milk and coconut oil instead of butter.
Make it egg free: I'm pretty certain that you can just omit the egg, since this recipe is so similar to my simple vegan pancakes recipe. Please let me know if you try!
Make it vegan: Use your favorite non-dairy milk, coconut oil instead of butter and skip the egg.
Make it gluten free: I think you can successfully use all-purpose gluten-free flour here. Please let me know if you try!