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Gingerbread Pancakes Recipe

Gingerbread Pancakes Recipe

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If you are the parent to little kids and you hear the words "Christmas morning," I'm sure the last thing you are thinking about is breakfast. With so many things to do -- open gifts, attend church, maybe even visit with family, getting a hot meal on the table may not be your priority. But breakfast on Christmas Day doesn't have to be some last-minute thrown together meal. You can make something easy, healthy and that tastes delicious in-between all of that the present opening. (Think of breakfast as a chance to regroup and figure out which toys you are going to put together first.) The key to tearing your family away from all that fun under the tree is to lure them away with something fun that tastes good and looks interesting and Christmasy.

This recipe for Gingerbread Pancakes, courtesy of Catherine McCord, the founder of the family friendly culinary site Weelicious.com is low in sugar and free of preservatives or additives. While the prep time for the pancakes is about 20 minutes, don't let that scare you off. The majority of that time is spent letting the batter "rest" before making the pancakes on the griddle, frying pan or frying surface.

Recipe and image courtesy of Catherine McCord, Weelicious.com.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves four.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp ginger
  • 1/4 Tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp cloves
  • ¼ Tsp salt
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
  • Accompaniments (optional): Maple Syrup and Honey

Preparation:

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk the liquid ingredients.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and whisk until just combined.
  4. Let the batter stand for 10-15 minutes to thicken.
  5. Place 2 tbsp of the mixture in a large greased saute pan over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  6. Serve with maple syrup or honey.

While pancakes are a difficult meal to let your little ones help with -- the griddle or frying pan gets extremely hot and your timing needs to be just right -- there are still plenty of ways for them to get involved in the kitchen before and while you prepare the meal. Let your preschooler be in charge of the mixing -- both the dry and wet ingredients and let her be the one to keep an eye on the timer while the batter is standing. She can also be in charge of some simple tasks such as setting the table, taking drink orders and making sure the right accoutrements are placed out -- powdered sugar, honey, maple syrup and even jelly or jam.

To make a gingerbread man shaped pancake, you can employ a few different methods -- putting the batter in a squeeze bottle or spraying some cookie cutters with cooking spray.

The trick to a good pancake batter is to mix the wet and dry ingredients separately before combining it into a batter and to make sure it rests for a while before you put it on the hot griddle or frying surface. Don't over-mix the batter, it should have some lumps in it. Your griddle should be at 375 degrees F. If you are wondering what size the pancakes should be, try using a ladle that has a spoon of about 1/4 cup. You'll know that it is time to flip your pancake when you see tiny bubbles forming around the edges.

Recipe and image courtesy of Catherine McCord, Weelicious.com.

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