Ginger Molasses Pancakes with Mixed Dried Fruit

Ginger Molasses Pancakes with Mixed Dried Fruit

I've never been fond of those dry, sticky Christmas Cakes found in grocery stores this time of year, but these simple pancakes have the same festive flair with a much lighter, fluffier and fresher texture. These are perfect for serving up on a cold December morning without having to wait around for the store-bought treats to be set out, and are much tastier and more satisfying besides.

Use any dried fruit on hand or that strikes your fancy, and cut larger pieces like apricots or apples into raisin-size dice.

Ginger Molasses Pancakes with Mixed Dried FruitGinger Molasses Pancakes with Mixed Dried Fruit
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Published on December 10, 2009

Light, fluffy pancakes with a festive fruit, ginger, spice and molasses flair — wonderful for serving over the holidays

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 to 60 minutes

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  • 3/4 cup rolled or steel-cut oats
  • 3/4 cup plain whole fat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup mixed dried fruit (e.g., raisins, currants, cranberries, apples, cherries, apricots)
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • Stir the oats into the yogurt in a large mixing bowl and leave to soak overnight at room temperature.

  • Cover the dried fruit with warm water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and add to the oats and yogurt. Stir in the flour, water, molasses, baking powder, baking soda, spices, salt and eggs. Let stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Lightly butter a large cast-iron skillet or frying pan and warm up on just less than medium heat. At the same time, preheat an oven to 175°F.

  • Drop in 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake and fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until the edges are cooked and bubbles are well formed on the surface. Turn over and fry on the other side until the pancakes are golden brown on both sides, about 1 minute longer. Remove from the pan and place on a plate in the oven to keep warm until all the batter's been used up for pancakes.

  • Serve the pancakes warm with pure maple syrup.

Makes 12 four-inch pancakes

Ginger Molasses Pancakes with Mixed Dried Fruit

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Ewespecial said...

sounds delicious! Thanks!

Ivy said...

Mmmm these sound delicious.

A_and_N said...

I love ginger and the deep, deep flavour that molasses imparts. This looks great for breakfast, lunch and dinner on a cold day! :)

Joanne said...

I have a feeling there are very few people out there who actually like those Christmas cakes. But these pancakes I could see being a crowdpleaser. I love molasses in baked goods. It adds such a subtle depth.

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Oh lovely! Christmas Breakfast here we come!

Usha said...

I love the sound of these pancakes, I guess these would be perfect for any time of the day :-)

Johanna GGG said...

I am no fan of dried out fruit cake but I love a good moist dense intense one! Pancakes are something I have never thought of as festive but your molasses and spices combination is very festive and one I would love to try

Spice Rack said...

Wow, these look good and I'm sure they smell good as well.

Susan said...

Mmmm, molasses. I bake enough Xmas indulgences, but my heart is always with gingerbread. A lovely breakfast or brunch, Lisa - but I've never been averse to a stack of pancakes for dinner, either. ; )

Soma said...

Loving the sound of this!!!! The flavors and the fruits almost remind me of a fruit cake which I so love. I could have a stack of these for every meal.

Ms. Veggie said...

I might just make these for Christmas morning!

eatme_delicious said...

These sound delicious! I love that they're a pancake version of fruit cake, which I've been tempted to buy recently but don't ever remember liking.

Spice Rack said...

Have your tried fruit cake? It also tastes good, the difference with this delight is the spice (ginger).