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Gingerbread Pancakes with Cinnamon Coffee Whipped Cream

December 24, 2012

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Wisconsin’s first snowstorm of the year arrived just in time for a white Christmas!

The blizzard on Thursday dropped over 18 inches of snow in 24 hours. All over Madison, tree branches snapped from strong winds and the weight of the snow.

Our power (and heat) went out several times, but luckily there was always the option of Sisyphean shoveling– as the snow fell all around us, slowly drenching our clothes– to warm us up.

Snow-covered trees in Wisconsin

It was all worth it for the glittering, sunny day after the storm.

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I’m pretty sure that some of the winters of my childhood hid the sun behind slush-gray clouds for entire months in a row. This weekend, though, the sun had its own little winter solstice celebration.

Snow-covered trees in Wisconsin

The clouds cleared away to reveal bright blue skies and sunshine enough to light up all the trees, the way no Christmas lights could.

Gingerbread Pancakes with Cinnamon Coffee Whipped Cream

Of course there wasn’t enough sunshine to actually melt anything– not at 26 degrees Fahrenheit, anyway. All of the snow is frozen in place: piled on power lines, heaped on cars, and precariously stacked on the tiniest twigs and tree branches.

Snow-covered trees in Wisconsin

It’s awfully pretty out, when you don’t have to shovel.

Gingerbread Pancakes with Cinnamon Coffee Whipped Cream

I’m sharing these gingerbread pancakes today because I thought they seemed appropriately Christmas-y. The recipe is inspired by one in The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion, which I gave my girlfriend for Christmas before leaving for Wisconsin. (We have trouble holding on to presents until the official holidays in my house.)

Crystallized ginger for Gingerbread Pancakes

Always a fan of adding crystallized ginger to things, I was nonetheless surprised to see a recipe where you add it to pancakes! But what a great innovation that was: the candied ginger bits become soft inside the pancakes, with a mellowed– almost fruity– ginger flavor.

Gingerbread Pancakes with Cinnamon Coffee Whipped Cream

And we dressed up the pancakes with a gingerbread-friendly whipped cream, spiced with hints of coffee and cinnamon.

Snow-covered trees in Wisconsin

The sunlight through the trees was only fleeting– today Madison is back to its gray and snowy skies. All the more reason, as I see it, to brighten up your Christmas morning breakfast with some festive, fancy pancakes.

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Snow-covered trees in Wisconsin

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Gingerbread Pancakes with
Cinnamon Coffee Whipped Cream

(Adapted from “The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion”)

(Makes 10-12 small pancakes; serves 2-3)

Pancake Ingredients:
~ 1 cup all-purpose flour
~ ¼ cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
~ 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
~ ¾ tsp. ground ginger
~ ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
~ ⅛ tsp. ground cloves
~ ½ tsp. salt
~ 1 tsp. baking powder
~ ½ tsp. baking soda
~ ¼ cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
~ 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
~ 2-3 Tbsp. molasses
~ 1 cup buttermilk (or milk with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, set aside for 10 minutes)
~ 1 large egg, beaten
~ several Tbsp. butter, for frying the pancakes

Whipped Cream Ingredients:
~ 8 oz. whipping cream
~ 2-3 Tbsp. brewed coffee, cooled
~ ½ tsp. sugar
~ dash of cinnamonSpices for Gingerbread Pancakes

How to make it:

1. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Then mix in the crystallized ginger.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the egg, molasses, oil, and buttermilk. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.

Molasses for Gingerbread PancakesGingerbread Pancake batter

3. Preheat a griddle and lightly grease it with butter. Drop the batter, ¼ cup at a time, to make a small 3-4-inch pancake. Cook until the edges look dry, then flip the pancakes to finish cooking. Keep warm in the oven until serving.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Coffee Whipped Cream

4. Combine all whipped cream ingredients, then beat with an electric hand mixer until lightly fluffy. Serve pancakes warm with Cinnamon Coffee Whipped Cream and/or maple syrup.

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Wild turkeys in the snowy UW Madison Arboretum(Wild turkeys, in the UW Madison Arboretum)

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> Pumpkin Ginger Cookies with Walnuts
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15 Comments leave one →
  1. woodentaste permalink
    December 24, 2012 8:35 am

    Love the sweets …and the snow

    • December 24, 2012 8:39 am

      Thanks! I couldn’t resist including some snowstorm aftermath photos– they’re what I’ve been photographing this week instead of food!

      • woodentaste permalink
        December 24, 2012 9:14 am

        You’re lucky to get some snow…all we get is rain,floods…anyway…Jolly Holidays

  2. December 24, 2012 8:53 am

    18 inches of snow?! I couldn’t be more jealous! I’m in Minnesota for the holidays and we have some snow, but not nearly that much! Enjoy your white Christmas! P.S. love the wild turkeys… and the fun twist on pancakes- how unique!!

    • December 27, 2012 9:26 am

      I know, isn’t that crazy!? My dad told me it was more like 19.5 inches… in 24 hours of non-stop blizzard. Madison just got lucky that way, since even Chicago, and I guess MN, didn’t have that much snow. It was fun to be back there just in time to experience it! Hope you’re enjoying your holidays in Minnesota.

  3. December 24, 2012 10:41 am

    I’m also jealous of all your snow, Toronto has been lacking this year so far. Looks like a lovely holiday breakfast though

    • December 27, 2012 9:26 am

      Oh, that’s too bad– I hope Toronto gets its share of snow soon! (Wisconsin hadn’t gotten more than an inch or two until the storm hit last week.)

  4. December 24, 2012 1:32 pm

    Happy Holidays! Looks delicious and love that you included all those snow pictures! we had a lot of snow here too and we are loving it! :-)

    • December 27, 2012 9:28 am

      Nice! Sometimes snow is really beautiful and worth all the shoveling. :) Happy holidays to you, too!

  5. December 26, 2012 9:43 pm

    I’m so jealous of your white Christmas! Sooo beautiful!!! I love your creative pancakes. :) It must be nice looking at these scenery while eating delicious pancakes… Hope you had a nice Christmas!

    • December 27, 2012 9:29 am

      Thanks, Nami! Hope you had a nice Christmas, too! I feel lucky to have the best of both worlds– I was back in Wisconsin for a white Christmas, and now I’m back in California and finally warm!! :)

  6. January 20, 2013 10:15 am

    I must try this, it looks sensational!


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