The holidays are synonymous with home-cooked meals, and breakfast seems to have a set-list of favorites. Pancakes are high on that list. I’ve been known to experiment with all sorts of ingredients, a few of my favorites include orange juice, yogurt, and applesauce. However, having a house full of people is not the best time to introduce a new experiment. This recipe is subtle and rich. It contains spices that mix so well together, it’s hard to put your finger on an individual taste. This spice combination adds instant warmth, and is a lovely way to refresh an old favorite- just a smidge.
Spice Pancake Mix
Makes 10.5 ounces (the size of a small coffee can, 16 Servings per can)
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 ½ cup and 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/3 cup baking soda
• 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons salt
• 3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon nutmeg
• 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons ginger
• 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon cloves
Sift all the ingredients together!
Over the years of making my own pancakes and watching others make them, it seems like everyone finds a comfortable batter consistency. The differences come with adjustment of eggs, milk or water, and oil. Some people like thick and cake-like pancakes, while others prefer thinner, flat pancakes with a little crunch. This recipe can even give you some cozy crepes.
Fluffy, thick pancakes: Combine ¼ cup Cozy Spice Pancake Mix, 1 cup flour, 1 egg, 1 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Crepes: Combine ¼ cup Cozy Spice Pancake Mix, 1 cup flour, 2 eggs, 1 cup water, 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
This pancake mix is such a splendid gift for the hostesses of broods returning for the holidays when it’s so important to take the fuss out of preparing another meal. I sent these out with a bottle of my favorite maple syrup to a few of the hostesses that have welcomed me over the years. I chose to package the pancake mix in a small, and extremely convenient, coffee can. I wrapped the can with brown butcher paper, and added custom deep green labels in the style Cherry Blossom, along with the two recipes on a text label for quick reference. In an airtight container, this mix will stay fresh for 6 months.
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