THE GINGERBREAD BABY'S PANCAKES

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Author Notes: Gingerbread pancakes with maple syrup and bacon is one of my family's favorite holiday breakfasts. Even though we make our pancakes circular, and not in the shape of a gingerbreadman, we named the recipe after The Gingerbread Baby, a favorite children's book by Jan Brett.
When you read the recipe, you will notice that the ingredients are healthy - you might assume that there is no way these pancakes could be any good. Trust me. Even the pickiest eater will love them. The fact that they are healthy is entirely beside the point.
Note: This recipe was adapted from one that I found in Bon Appetit (I think) many years ago. A reader had requested the recipe from a memorable breakfast at a restaurant or hotel.
Waverly

Food52 Review: Thanks to the warm spice combination of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves, these delicious and easy-to-prepare pancakes have a lovely gingerbread flavor. Before making this recipe I was a bit skeptical. No milk or buttermilk? Only whole grain flour? No sweetener other than the apple juice concentrate? I forged ahead, following Waverly’s expert directions. We did not miss the dairy, the wholewheat pastry flour gave these pancakes a tender texture and a wonderful nutty flavor, and the apple juice concentrate delivered all of the sweetness you could want. As Waverly says, they are tricky to flip; to compensate, I made smaller silver dollar size pancakes. We enjoyed them with maple syrup, but, to cut the sweetness, my family liked them even better with fresh fruit and a drizzle of crème fraiche. This is a great recipe—we look forward to making these pancakes again on wintry weekend mornings. cookinginvictoria

Serves 4

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup melted butter plus more for serving
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Butter for cooking
  • pure maple syrup
  1. PREP THE PANCAKE BATTER: In a large mixing bowl, stir the dry ingredients together: the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. In another mixing bowl, blend the wet ingredients together: the apple juice concentrate, water, melted butter, and eggs. Mix them until they are combined. Now, gently combine the wet ingredients with the dry. Using a wooden spoon, stir just until everything is moist and there are no powdery pockets in the batter.
  2. COOK: Heat a large heavy griddle over MEDIUM HIGH heat. Keep the butter nearby and don't be afraid to use it! Melt about 1/2 Tbsp of butter or enough to generously coat the pan or griddle. (These pancakes tend to stick, see note below). Working in batches, pour 1/4 - 1/3 cup of the batter at a time onto the hot griddle. Space the pancakes so that they cook without running into each other. When bubbles appear, lift up a corner to make sure that the bottom is golden brown. If it is ready, flip it and cook the other side until golden brown. As they are done, stack the pancakes on a plate with a little butter on top of each one. WARNING: Flipping these pancakes is tricky. They stick to the pan. You will either need to use a huge spatula or 2 regular-sized ones to be successful. These don't flip like regular pancakes. You'll need to make sure every square inch of the pancake is off of the griddle before flipping. Once you get the hang of it, this is easy. If your first one gets messed up, use more butter next time.
  3. SERVE: Warm the maple syrup in the microwave. Serve pancakes with warm maple syrup on top and crisp bacon on the side.
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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Mmm...can't wait to try these, my children love pancakes and gingerbread ones sound delicious.

Sausage2

about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

These sound so wonderful for the holidays! Really perfect flavors.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love this, the kids will love it too! They are crazy about gingerbread. Great recipe!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

sounds worth the trouble! Our daughter loved all the Jan Brett stories! Have you seen the new pancake turner spatulas with the almost circular blade? they had them at Target in their bargin bin area with snowflakes on them for $2.50! I have picked them up the last couple of years and put together "breakfast baskets" for the holidays with homemade syrups, juicing oranges and a pancake or waffle mix--i think your recipe is making it into the basket this year!

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about 3 years ago Waverly

I've not seen those spatulas but will keep my eye out for them. The breakfast basket is a fantastic gift idea.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

sounds intriguing...and delicious!! Don't see it in the contest yet...don't forget to enter!!

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about 3 years ago Waverly

Thanks for letting me know, Mrs. Larkin.