February 12, 2013

Gingerbread pancakes – guest post by BTwin

Gingerbread Pancakes *

Gingerbread pancakes – served with cream, fresh raspberries and drizzled golden syrup

Adapted from a recipe found on The Galley Gourmet.


2 cups plain flour*

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

1/3 cup treacle

2 large eggs**

1 cup buttermilk

2/3 cup milk***


Sift (or whisk) together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices into a large bowl.  In a medium bowl, whisk (or use a sturdy fork for those times when the whisk is in the wash or otherwise occupied) together the treacle, eggs, buttermilk, milk and butter.  Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined and smooth.

Heat a frypan / griddle over medium heat (personally, I like using my little non-stick one since I don’t have a dedicated “pancake pan” any more but I do wish I had a griddle since presently I can only do one pancake at a time which is very limiting when cooking for more than myself!)

If not using non-stick then grease the pan/griddle with butter.

Spoon 1/3 cup of batter onto the cooking surface for each pancake. (If you’re like me you just pour until it looks about the right size… But then these pancakes are probably better as slightly smaller rather than slightly larger.)

Cook until bubbles appear on the top of each pancake and the underside is golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip the pancakes and cook until the underside is lightly brown, another 1-2 minutes.

Serve immediately. (You could keep them warm in the oven but I’m lazy – and trying to be energy efficient – so I just place a folded, clean, tea towel over the stack on a plate.)

Toppings are always an individual choice – at Christmas we used fresh raspberries, cream and golden syrup^. Today we used fresh blackberries and honey.



* Can also substitute Self Raising Flour – and then omit the baking powder and baking soda.

** LARGE eggs. I used duck eggs. **

*** Full-cream, of course. Since low-fat stuff is an abomination. ***

^ In the USA you’ll be struggling to find this. Better stick to (real) maple syrup. Yum.


* It’s Shrove Tuesday–Pancake Tuesday–your last opportunity for forty days to spread butter all over each other and lick it off.  I was vaguely aware of pancakes on the last day before Lent begins^, but in  my middle class, first world way pancakes seemed like a pretty mild sort of blow-out^^, it should be foie gras and Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits.  I’m like no eggs?  No butter?  Are you kidding?^^^ 

But there are pancakes and pancakes.  These pancakes look like a pretty good way to go into forty days in the wilderness.  And I wouldn’t say no to a little Domaine Armand Rousseau etc.

^ Do you do this in the States?  My background was generic Protestant and Lent was Papist which is to say an instrument of the Devil+ and so I have very little awareness of Lent ritual.  Over here the Anglicans are so in your face–and the lack of separation between Church and States freaks me out just as much from this side of the line as it had done for the twenty-one years before the bump on the road to Damascus last September–that I knew about Pancake Tuesday because I couldn’t help it.

+ Isn’t it GREAT the way religion brings people TOGETHER?

^^ No, I am sorry to say I have never been to Mardi Gras

^^^ Yes, I am going to have a sort of thing about Lent.  My mentors are mostly saying that giving stuff up isn’t required+ and that it’s more about taking stock and refocussing and recommitting and like that, and I’m saying I’ve only been here five months, what have I got to take stock about?  But as I cruise on line I’ve seen several recommendations that you take something on as well as–erm–taking something off, which, as a beginner Christian anyway, was the way my mind was going about Lent.  I haven’t decided what I want to say about it in public, so I’ll just hide down here in a pink footnote to a guest post about PANCAKES and quietly affirm that I am keeping Lent.  But I’m not giving up eggs or butter.

+ And the danger is that it’ll just be a box-ticking exercise:  Okay, giving up licking butter off people for Lent, CHECK–instead of bringing mind and heart to bear and engaging. 

** Duck eggs??  Maybe it varies with your duck, but I’d translate that to mean three large chicken eggs.

*** So true.


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