Gingerbread Pancakes

Pancakes have been one of the central points of conversation between me and Sara lately. We always seem to have at least one food obsession going on and pancakes are currently taking the cake (literally. Well, cupcakes are still up there too). The pumpkin pancakes were a huge autumn hit, but we were in the mood for something a bit more holiday-ish. Gingerbread pancakes sounded absolutely perfect.

After looking through some recipes, it appeared that most people seem to prefer gingerbread pancakes from a place called Magnolia Cafe in Austin Texas. Dweezil and Lisa (yes, as in Lisa Loeb) recreated the gingerbread pancake recipe on their show that was once upon aired on the Food Network and we decided to give it a try.

What You’ll Need for Gingerbread Pancakes:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4 C brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t ground cloves
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • 1 T ground ginger
  • 1 T ground nutmeg
  • 4 T butter, melted

First, we mixed the eggs in sugar in a bowl. We added the buttermilk, water, and brewed coffee and stirred to combine. In a separate larger bowl, we whisked flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all the spices together.

We pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, stirred to combine, and poured in the melted butter.

We sprayed a pan with some Pam and spooned some of the mixture onto it on medium-high heat. When the pancakes began to bubble on top, we flipped them over. Our pancakes were super duper thick. If you like that, awesome, otherwise I suggest adding a bit more water and/or buttermilk to your mixture.

Make as many pancakes as the batter allows. We had about 12 amazingly thick, cake-like pancakes.

I quickly “whipped up” some whipped cream with some heavy whipping cream, a bit of sugar, and a splash of vanilla. Strangely, whipped cream is the one “food” I really can’t stand. But if I’m going to eat it, it absolutely has to be homemade. Oh, and you absolutely need real maple syrup for these pancakes. None of the fake stuff.

Sara picked up some fruit salad from Stew Leonard’s (psst Martha is going to be at the Norwalk, CT, store on Dec. 6!!) and we had the perfect breakfast for dinner. We loved the way the spices combined to create the ideal gingerbread flavor and wonder what would have happened if we added a bit more coffee. We’d also like to try these with some whole wheat flour next time.

And after our pancakes dinner, we may or may not have eaten a whole bunch of Crumb’s cupcakes that Sara picked up on her way home from CT. I’m not telling. Welcome to the holiday eating season.


11 Responses to "Gingerbread Pancakes"

  1. Sassy Molassy says:

    oh, gingerbread pancakes are one of my favorite things to make. Makes the day seem just so special. Sometimes I’ll even make them on a work day. It gives me good vibes all day long.

  2. TKTC says:

    I’ve never even heard of these. They look AMAZING!! So fluffy! And with whipped cream….gah. I’m hungry.

  3. ANG* says:

    i completely agree with TKTC – never heard of them before, but YUM. cant wait to try them!

  4. Sara says:

    these were sooooo good! great as leftovers dipped in yogurt, too! they were like little gingerbread biscuits. can’t wait to make these again, although i’m pretty sure we have some “christmasy” pancakes to make beforehand!

  5. Heather says:

    those look just delicious. i have a sister in law that loves gingerbread pancakes… i think they’re going on the list for christmas morning brunch!! they’ll be good with pom ginger mimosas!! i have a question, though. what do you think about using chai tea instead of the brewed coffee? i might give it a whirl.

  6. RebeccaC says:

    WOW! JiT has been on a pancake kick lately. I’m adding these to the list.

    Incidentally, I think I’m going to try my hand at gingerbread cupcakes this weekend. We shall see…

  7. Maria says:

    Wow, those are some thick pancakes! They look delicious and perfect for this month!! YUM!

  8. VeggieGirl says:

    Oooh, delightful!!

  9. We Are Not Martha says:

    Sassy Molassy- It totally does. They definitely put me in the holiday spirit and made me feel all warm inside!

    TKTC- I’d never had them before either, but how could you not like gingerbread pancakes? Definitely recommend!

    Ang- Let us know if you make them!

    Sara- There are definitely more pancakes in our future. Maybe we should open up an all-pancake restaurant.

    Heather- First of all, what is a pom ginger mimosa and where can I get the recipe? Second of all, I didn’t think of that but I bet chai tea would be awesome in these pancakes! Definitely try that.

    Rebecca C- Mmm to gingerbread cupcakes. I want to see/taste those!

    Maria- They were sooo thick and cakey. We loved them, but next time I might try to make them a bit thinner.

    VeggieGirl- Exactly!

  10. bostontparties says:

    What a great idea! I love creative pancakes. Pumpkin are my favorite so far, with a bit of molasses and a lot of cinnamon.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your recipe. I have these every time I’m in Austin. You made my day!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *