This is my first Christmas recipe of the season. Christmas recipes include any type of cookie, foods with the gingerbread or eggnog, and party foods eaten with your hands.
Yesterday I decorated sugar cookies and drank hot cocoa in an apartment decorated with red and green stockings. I also purchased some gifts on Amazon. The Christmas season has started!
My mother is a difficult person to shop for. I don't buy her cloths or home decorations because she has a particular taste. I feel that books, movies, and music can be a little impersonal year after year. I'm going to try and find a cool kitchen gadget to give her.
I enjoy gingerbread. In 2013, I posted about gingerbread waffles. I think the warm, aromatic flavors are perfect for the holidays.
I got this gingerbread pancake recipe from allrecipes. I added more flour than directed because the batter was very wet. I also added chocolate chips.
The ingredients are 2 to 1 3/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/3 teaspoon ground dried ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup molasses, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
I added the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon into a big bowl. I whisked the dry ingredients together.
In another bowl, I added the egg, vanilla, and molasses.
I whisked the egg, molasses, and vanilla together.
I whisked the water into the molasses mixture.
I added the chocolate chips and molasses concoction into the dry ingredients.
I whisked everything together. This is when I added extra flour. The recipe only calls for 1 1/2 cups but I ended up using almost 2 cups.
I cooked the pancakes in a hot, greased pan. I flipped the pancakes when little bubbles started forming in the center.
I ate these pancakes with apple butter, a perfect combination.
I am not crazy about this recipe. The pancakes had a strange texture. They weren't fluffy but quite dense.
I have read the ingredients list over a few times to see if I forgot something, but I didn't. Next time I'll use a different gingerbread pancake recipe.
The spice blend and molasses was warm and festive. The chocolate chips became creamy puddles of melted chocolate. I think chocolate pairs well with gingerbread. Overall, the pancakes were good but not great.