These pancakes that taste like you are eating gingerbread cookies for breakfast! So magicial and delicious! They’re light, soft, fluffy with a pleasant boldness. Nicely spiced without being overwhelming. If you’re sensitive to these bold flavors like I am, tone them down a bit by adding less than the recipe calls for, and spike the molasses to your taste!
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon instant espresso ( optional)
Pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 -2 cups buttermilk the more liquid, the thinner the pancake
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons light, medium, or dark molasses ( avoid blackstrap )
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 recipe Molasses Maple Syrup ( see below )
In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients, and whisk to combine – make a well in the center, set aside.
In a large bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk to combine.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until combined. The batter will be fairly thick; add more liquid if you prefer a thinner pancake.
Preheat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray (or use melted butter if you prefer).
Using a 2 ounce ice cream scoop ( sprayed with cooking spray for easy release) , scoop batter onto warm, prepared skillet.
Cook for about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes until bubbles form on the edges. Take a peek at the underside with a spatula, and when golden, flip.
Control heat to medium-low and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until cooked through. Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more cooking oil to the skillet as needed, be sure to wipe any black residue with a paper towel as needed. The molasses will burn quickly, so be sure to control the temeratures.
Serve immediately, garnished with fresh winter fruit and drizzle with syrup!
Ginger Molasses Maple Syrup
1 cup maple syrup
2-3 tablespoons light, medium, or dark molasses, or to taste
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, to taste
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all syrup ingredients in a small bowl or serving pitcher and whisk until smooth. Warm syrup and drizzle over pancakes.
To keep pancakes warm for up to an hour, transfer them to a lined baking sheet and place in a preheated 200’F Degree oven with a cup of hot water to keep warm and moist.