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Can someone explain to me what happened with the Anglican Communion? In 1534, Henry the Eighth split the Church of England from the Catholic Church so he could divorce his wife and marry Anne Boleyn. And from then on, Anglicans have basically been lax Catholics. Our priests can marry, we don’t have one-on-one confessions, we have female priests and we can divorce and remarry to our hearts’ content. So in those days before lent, when Catholic countries are filled with people wearing beads, tossing doubloons, donning festive masks, dancing in the streets and eating king cake, why do those radical and rebellious Anglicans mark the night before Lent by staidly eating a pile of pancakes?

OK, I admit, I do know that there is a historical (if not liturgical) reason why pancakes are consumed on this day. Many centuries ago, fatty foods including dairy were forbidden during the 40 days of Lent. So in order to use up their supply of these ingredients, the Anglicans added flour and voila—a feast of pancakes on the day before Ash Wednesday. And don’t get me wrong. I love pancakes. Next to pizza and burgers, I’d say it’s one of those foods that’s never bad, there are just varying degrees of quality. But growing up in an Episcopalian family, and watching all my Catholic friends head with their families to Galveston or New Orleans to revel in those last few days before Lent, I always felt a little sheepish walking into my church’s annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. No beads, no floats, no dancing, just stack upon stack of pancakes. And yes, it was a bit gluttonous, but compared to Mardi Gras, it was bit tame, too.

Perhaps it was dull because the only style of pancake served at my church’s supper was your standard buttermilk with maple syrup. Delicious yes, but they can get a bit boring. I mean c’mon, a pancake is like a blank template screaming for culinary creativity. Take my grandpa’s, for instance. Every Saturday when I was growing up, he’d make fluffy pancakes dotted with fresh blueberries and pecans from the family farm. And then there were my uncle’s: his so-called Mexican pancakes were chunky with fresh coconut, a variety of nuts and chocolate chips. And he poured so much batter on the griddle they’d turn out as big as your head.

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After my family’s, I’d have to say the tatiest pancakes I’ve ever eaten were in Austin, TX. There are two cafés, Kerbey Lane and Magnolia, that are open 24 hours, and while they make all sorts of dishes both places excel at breakfast. There’s been a long-standing debate about which restaurant is superior. And to be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve eaten at either one I have no opinion. But if you want pancakes in that town, everyone knows some of the best are found at either restaurant—they both make excellent variations on this classic dish. Theirs are large, fluffy and stuffed with all sorts of delights such as bananas, nuts, berries and chocolate chips. But I’d have to say my favorite style the two both serve is the gingerbread pancake.

I’d never had gingerbread pancakes until I moved to Austin and after one bite, I no longer had a desire for any other flavor. Take all the spicy goodness of a gingerbread cookie and make it rich, cake-like and fluffy, and there you have the joy that is a gingerbread pancake. They’re versatile as well, going equally well with nuts and honey, maple syrup, applesauce, whipped cream, or my favorite topping, vanilla yogurt.

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After I moved to New York, I’d go to diners around town, asking if they served gingerbread pancakes but nobody did. Fortunately, a few years ago Magnolia gave its recipe to Texas Monthly. I made it, and instantly I was back in Austin on a warm spring morning, where the bluebonnets were in bloom, the sun was shining and everyone was relaxed sipping their steaming coffee and stuffing their face with gingerbread pancakes. So even if you prefer Kerbey Lane over Magnolia, I believe you’ll find this recipe a good substitute for either café’s offerings. And if you’ve never eaten gingerbread pancakes, what are you waiting for? Fire up the griddle and get cooking! And yes, perhaps if my childhood church had served these instead of plain old buttermilk, I would have found Shrove Tuesday a little less tame.

Happy Pancake Day!

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4.67 from 3 votes

Gingerbread pancakes

Servings 4
Author Adapted by Lisa Fain from Magnolia Cafe


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted


  1. Cream eggs and sugar together. Stir in buttermilk, water, and coffee and set aside. In a separate bowl sift together remaining dry ingredients.

  2. Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients, then mix in melted butter.Add more water or buttermilk if necessary, but batter should be thick.

  3. Cook until done on a lightly greased hot griddle or in a heavy skillet (turn once when bubbles appear on upper side and start to break). Pancakes will be thick and cake-like in texture.

  1. DancingFish

    Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! My fiance worked at Magnolis for years and these were his favorites. They still top his list of favorite Austin food. I can’t wait to surprise him with them at home!

  2. nosheteria

    Okay, yum! And the vanilla yogurt as a topping is just genius!

  3. christine (myplateoryours)

    Gingerbread pancakes? I am in love. What a good idea! And what a fountain of information you are today — I always learn something about food here, but the church history is something new!

  4. I live in Austin and a woman on the Texas Monthly recipe swap board said that Kerby Lane gave her their recipe. Not sure about whether this is true, but this is what she posted. (Everything is similar, but there is no water in this recipe — all buttermilk and coffee — and the amounts of of everything else differ. I see a cook-off in the future!

    By the way, I love your blog. I once made a list of every foodie item I would need to have should I ever leave Texas.

    Here’s the recipe.

    Kerby Lane GINGERBREAD PANCAKES – Austin

    2 eggs
    4 T. brown sugar
    ½ c. buttermilk
    ½ c. decaf coffee
    2 t. cinnamon
    2 t. ginger
    2 t. nutmeg
    ½ t. cloves
    2 c. flour
    4 T. margarine, melted
    3 t. baking powder
    2 t. baking soda

    Mix together the eggs, sugar, buttermilk, coffee, water, spices and flour. Add the melted margarine and mix just until blended. Add the baking powder and baking soda, again stirring just until blended.

  5. Lisa Fain

    Dancing Fish–You’re welcome! What a great surprise for him!

    Nosheteria–I grew up eating yogurt on my pancakes, it’s so creamy and delicious.(And I reckon it’s a tad bit healthier as well!)

    Christine–There are indeed very lovable. And yeah, growing up in my house I learned all sorts of church history by osmosis.

    Pamela–Well, well! A face-off is indeed in order!

  6. Gingerbread! Pancakes! There is no wrong here. I must lure over some people for Sunday brunch so I can make these.

    In Finland, the pre-Lent feast is pea soup and sweet buns. Not exactly scrumptious to modern palates, but certainly filling. Of course, Protestants (at least here) don’t abstain during Lent at all, so it’s all for show.

  7. Ok.This may be the first time I have ever seen a recipe anywhere at midday, and am making plans on leaving work early so I can take a stab at making these babies. Thanks for giving me a good reason to skip out early. I just wonder how I can work mascarpone cheese into a topping ? ? Any suggestions ?
    Lastly, thanks for the background info on the Church of England.

  8. Anonymous

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm. I’ve never eaten at Magnolia Cafe, but we frequent Kerby Lane. I too love gingerbread pampakes (that’s what my dad says I used to call them). This past autum I had Pumpkin pancakes at Kerby Lane. Oh my goodness. You have to get back to Austin and try them!

    You’re pictures are awesome. I could smell the gaaaaalic, then, when I scrolled up gingerbread filled the air.

    Your new best friend,

  9. Looks like they are perfect for any day. Probably totally awesome on a chilly Sunday Morning.

  10. wheresmymind

    I find myself wanting some bacon to go with that! 😉

  11. Lisa Fain

    Deinin–I love pea soup, what a lovely tradition.

    Tommy–You’re very welcome. Perhaps If you spread mascarpone with a dash of cinnamon between each pancake, and then poured on some syrup, it would taste like a gingerbread tiramisu!

    Texann–Thanks! I will have to try the pumpkin! They sound delish.

    Adam–They’re perfect for a chilly Sunday morning. Especially if you use warm syrup.

    Wheresmymind–Bacon’s the only thing missing!

  12. those truly look amazing. i am definitely going to make them for a sunday treat this weekend..especially with those pecans on top!!!

  13. omg – thank you. and thank you again. this looks amazing. ive never had gingerbread pancakes! reading your blog always makes me want to up and pack my things to move to TX!

  14. Lisa Fain

    Stacy–Hope you like them. And they’re terrific with caramalized pecans on top.

    Linda–You’re welcome and thanks!

  15. MMMmmmm…well I know what’s for breakfast this weekend…the only question is do we have bacon or sausage on the side. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Chicken Fried Gourmet

    Yes this will definitely be made this weekend for breakfast. Maybe top it with candied bacon….hhmmm back to the lab

  17. ooh, never heard of gingerbread pancakes but then we only serve crepe style pancakes here (which I love, mind you). I’d take pancakes in any variation over mardi gras beads though. They taste much better.

  18. Lisa Fain

    Vanessa–Why not both?

    Chicken Fried–Candied bacon? Oh wow! Do tell!

    Freya–Ha! Yes, I reckon pancakes do taste better than Mardi Gras beads! I suppose you could make these crepe style by adding a ton of water to thin the batter.

  19. Thanks for your blog. It cost me 90$ of tex-mex goodies….sent here to NYC. I now stock 4 kinds of Ro-tel in my kitchen and texas queso went over real well on a ski trip this weekend.

    And now pancakes… mmmm… with double smoked hand cut bacon I think….

  20. Ok. I did it. I blasted off a bit early, picked me up some buttermilk and lo and behold, my secret ingredient, crystalized ginger from the bulk store.

    I had the mascarpone cheese thing in my head, thought about a few things. I cut it with whipped cream, put my candied ginger into the Magic Bullet and then folded into the cream and mascarpone. Very interesting results.The ginger had a snazzy bite. Very rich.

    The pancakes were divine. No bacon. No sausage. What a great dinner. I must have eaten 6 or 7 pancakes. I am a glutton.

  21. I’ve never had gingerbread pancakes, I’ve been missing out!

    About adding brown sugar to dry rubs- i do it quite frequently, it doesn’t add a sugary taste, but balances out any salty or acidic flavours, (in this case, the coffee in particular).

  22. Oh I miss Kerby lane! Whenever I go home I try to make at least one trip both for the queso and the pancakes. ALthough I like Magnolia, I have to say that Kerby pancakes (coupled with their coffee) beat Magnolia. APple whole wheat are favorite, then banana nut, but the gingerbread are delicious, too! Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely make these! maybe for dinner…

  23. Brittany

    those sound incredible! I’m going to make those this weekend!

  24. Gingerbread pancakes sound fabulous! I wonder if how my hubby would feel about pancakes two nights in a row? LOL!

  25. Wow, *whistles* that picture with the syrup drop? Breathtaking. Wow wow wow. Those sound really good- I’m only now starting to appreciate the joy that is ginger. In moderation and sweet, not savory. Mmmm. (I grew up HATING when I’d be eating noodles or something and suddenly bite into a piece of what I thought was chicken or something and it’s, ick, yuck, ptooey, ginger.) That looks sooooo good….

  26. Catharine

    Wonderful recipe and big mile at the comments about Catholic-envy engendered by growing up Episcopal. I remember being a kid and trudging off to seemly and sedate Shrove Tuesday pancake suppers at my Episcopal church in Houston with less than a happy heart. I fantasized that while we were swimming in Mrs. Butterworth’s, the Catholics at the BIG church down the street were sampling glorious SIN in endless variety in preparation for the 40 days of penance.

    As an adult, I know better, of course (cough, cough): at my current Episcopal church we put a healthy slug of framboise in the strawberry-raspberry sauce we slather over our pancakes. And then fully 20% of the congregation heads over to the annex for the nightly AA meeting!

    Thanks for another great entry. I really enjoy your blog.

  27. Lisa Fain

    Inane–Sounds like you have a well-stocked pantry. And glad your friends liked queso.

    Tommy–I’m so pleased you liked them! Great idea using candied ginger. And I don’t think eating 6 or 7 makes you a glutton. Heck, I probably ate 12 just while doing the photos.

    Brilynn–They’re delicious! And thanks for getting back to me on the brown sugar, I’ll have to try it.


    Gilly–You can never eat too many pancakes!

    Yvo–I’m blushing…thanks! Ginger may be an acquired taste, but once you get it, you’ll always enjoy it!

    Catharine–Thanks! You gave me a laugh! What church did you go to in Houston?

  28. Those look absolutely incredible!!

    Hope you don’t mind but I’ve linked to your site, your blog is great!

  29. Thank you for the kind posting on my blog! The pancake recipe looks great and ginger, nutmeg and clove are always a stomach warming combo!

  30. Gosh — gingerbread pancakes! These look absolutely amazing. I’ve never had them and will be trying the recipe this weekend. Thank you!

  31. Failing to find an email address for you I am going to confess my blog crush here in your comments. You’ve had me dreaming of tamales and authentic Texas Red for months–and now this mysterious Love Dip! Keep spreading the gospel, it’s fantastic.

    I am a big fan of the gingerbread pancakes from my here in San Francisco (they serve them with poached pears). I’ve never had a recipe though, so this is excellent (two recipes, no less). If I manage a cook off I will report back. Looks like there is a brunch party in my future.

  32. How I miss kerbey lane! I really haven’t found anything like it in New York. Fortunately, I’m going back to Houston for Spring Break in a couple of weeks– tres leches, crawfish, and House of Pies- can’t wait!

  33. HT, the combination of pancake and gingerbread is too good. Is that vanilla yogurt and pecans in your photo? That looks unbelievable. Yet another dish I must try.

  34. Lisa Fain

    Pamela–Thank you!

    Bradley–You’re welcome, and yes, it is indeed a superb stomach-warming combo!

    Tea–You’re making me blush! Serving them with poached pears sounds perfect! And let me know if you do a cook off.

    Lydia–You’re welcome, they’re great cold-weather eating.

    Kevin–I know, diners in NYC just don’t have the same charm (nor menu, I miss Kerbey queso something awful as well). Have fun in Houston!

    Rob–Yes it is vanilla yogurt and candied pecans. So divine with the gingerbread pancakes!

  35. How wonderful! you have really made my day w/ this recipe.

    I am an ex-Austinite living in the UK now & your blog really brings back a lot of great memories of wonderful food, not to mention fantastic recipes like this one.

    I will not choose between Kirby or Magnolia, but I will make these pancakes this weekend.

    Oh, and make sure to let us know if you ever come across a recipe for Kirby Lane Chocolate Pecan Pie. I have made my own, but I would like to know how they do it.

  36. Panakes cake-like in texture…oh man that sounds just perfect. Your pictures sure do add to the “delicious” factor. Great recipe!

  37. Anonymous

    This post made me think about how much discipline it takes to be a foodblogger. Because, come on, look at those photos! They are beyond scrumptious and someone had to resist gobbling those delicious pancakes down so that photos could be taken. That right there is Discipline. 🙂

  38. Hey, I love ginger and the thought of making your beautiful pancakes is indeed heavenly. A truly inspiring write up and thanks a ton for sharing that recipe. Will report back to you as soon as i try it.
    I love your blog, even though Ive never been to Texas – I feel like I’ve been there!

  39. Gosh, I haven’t had pancakes in over a year. I used to make my own when I was living at my aunt’s and she had a big kitchen, but now I am in a houseshare and I hate being in the kitchen here… 🙁

    Don’t know if you got my other comments in previous posts, as I only found your blog last week and read the whole page.
    I know you are in NYC, but I spotted another Texan in the UK and I wonder how many of them are blogging.

  40. Anonymous

    I used your recipe and made gingerbread waffles instead. Delish!! Enjoying a lazy, rainy day in Houston. Thanks for the recipe. Jan

  41. Lisa Fain

    Leslie–I’ll keep my eyes peeled for Kerbey Lane’s Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe. Yum!

    Helene–Thanks, they are indeed very delish!

    Ari–I have to admit I was supposed to share these pancakes with a friend, but there weren’t any left after the photo shoot. So much for discipline!

    Nandita–You’re welcome, and while I haven’t been to India, your blog makes me feel like I’ve been there! I can’t wait to hear how the pancakes turn out for you!

    Olivia–A year without pancakes? That’s just wrong! I haven’t seen any Texans in the UK blogs, but I’d love to read them.

    Jan–Yum, gingerbread waffles. I’ll have to do that next time.

  42. kimberly

    When I lived in Austin, my favorite weekend breakfast out was gingerbread pancakes. While I enjoyed the gingerbread pancakes at Kerbey Lane and Omelettry West (which later became Magnolia Cafe), I much preferred the gingerbread pancakes at the original Omelettry on Burnet Road. They were less cakey than the others, slightly grainier, and had a more intense gingerbread flavor. I’ve managed to replicate the flavor, but not the texture. I think perhaps I’ll try again tomorrow morning.

    (I also liked the old hippie vibe of the Omelettry. Its being only two blocks from my house didn’t hurt, either.)

  43. I made them yesterday and posted the results. Actually I found myself searching for the right adjectives but came up short…they are so good!

    Lisa, it was bacon we went with this time but really (and I can’t believe I’m saying this)it was superfluous.

  44. christine

    Yum!! I’ve made gingerbread pancakes a couple of times before but this looks and sounds infinitely better! I’m trying this out and I’m pretty sure I’ll be deleting the old recipe from my files. THanks! 🙂

  45. Caroline

    This looks like a dream. Beautiful photos on your site and your header image is amazing. Love your blog!

  46. Anonymous

    Wow! Your pancakes look so tempting. It is now one of the “must-trys” for me. This comming weekend, maybe? Thanks for the wonderful blog. -Jill-

  47. Lisa Fain

    Kimberley–I think this recipe harks back to the Omlettry, but I could be wrong. Maybe it’s the Omlettry West. I never ate there, which is nuts since it was by my house, too!

    Vanessa–Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed them! And wow! I don’t think I’ve ever heard bacon called “superflous!”

    Christine–Hope you enjoy them!

    Caroline–Thanks! They are indeed a dream to eat.

    Jill–You’re welcome, enjoy the recipe.

    County Clerk–Wow! This is awesome! Thanks for the excellent history lesson! “A Man for All Seasons” was on TV this weekend, and I thought to myself, “How timely.”

  48. the County Clerk

    Your “anglican” comment made me laugh. Yeah… old Henry wanted a divorce, but it was MUCH MUCH more than that.

    It boils down to “who is in charge.” Either it is a king who rules by divine right from God, in which case the CHURCH is in charge (and therefore the “king” of the church is in charge of the “king” of the state. OR, the monarch says “I get my power from some other place” i.e. myself, the people, whatver.

    What Henry VIII did was permantly end Fuedal control of English (and later British) princes by the Pope. And yeah, he wanted a divorce too.

    It get’s interesting when you look at how kingdoms evolved. After the fall of Rome there were many, many, many small kingdom/states each with a monarch (sometimes called a king and somestimes not – a prince, a duke, an “elector” whatever). This went on for hundreds of years until, in 800, Charles the Great (Charlamagne) united the Franks and set his “empire” at the service of the (only) Church. Rome. He was crowned Emperor by Pope Leo III. He became the first “Holy Roman Emperor.” This started some nasty business that would go on until Napolean… and would cost several of Henry VIII’s wives their lives and well being.

    It just so happened that Charlamagne was strong and could handle things. But this was not the case with everyone across Europe who followed as a “Prince.” In no time there was the Pope (the head of the only church at the time) telling Kings and Princes what to do. Really. Invade here. Pay for this. Marry him or her. Why? Beacuse the POPE was in charge, theoretically anyway. After all, it was the POPE who crowned the first emperor.

    Now, it is important to think of the Pope (in this context) as another Prince and not a just a spiritual person.

    Also, it is important think of “countries” in a not so nationalist way. Princes and kings had “principalities” and “kingdoms” as a result of inheritence and not National borders. What we think of France was a collection of estates. Same with what we thing of as Britain. So “kings” would have “kingdoms” that were quite strange. Take the kingdoms of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, take the kingoms of Isabela of Castile and Feridinand II of Aragon.

    Anyway, fast forward to henry VIII. England was poor and small. It was NOT a major player in European or world affairs. Henry VIII wanted to change all that. And he was getting tired of being told what to do by an Italian prince (the Pope). And THEN he had difficulty with a male heir and needed a divorce. The Pope, of course, said no (for MANY REASONS). And THAT WAS THE PRETEXT to break with the church. Henry thought “Well, now I can end this. I am the King and I’ll decide what happens.” Also, Henry VIII needed money. And so, by breaking with the Roman Catholic Church he could confiscate all their property and money in England. Which he did.

    There was no drastic ecclesiastic reform. (Until later with the book of Common prayer, which was created so that every subject in the Empire would know what service to read on what day. So, even the Book of Common prayer is the fruit of empire… the Britsih Empire.)

    Even today the Monarch of the United Kingdom is “defender of the faith” and head of the church.

    Now, I’m an Anglican too. But let’s not believe that the break was about a divorce. More like: the DIVORCE was about a break.

    Finally, almost ONE THOUSAND years exactly after Charlemagne opened this can of worms, Napoleon closed it again. In a beautiful bit of historical irony, the “little corporal” CROWNED HIMSELF emperor. CROWNED HIMSELF. He literally took the emperial crown out of the very surprised hands of Pope Pius VII and crowned himself. And then Napolean crowned his empress.

    There is a GREAT painting of this by Jacques-Louis David.

    And so it was done. The claim of Papal rule over emperors was through.

    So it wasn’t really Henry VIII wanting a divorce. It was henry VIII wanting to be a more powerful king. The poor ladies of Tudor England got a raw deal.

    Anyway, there is an interesting wikipedia entry for the term emperor” is you care at all.

    Sorry so long.

  49. i love this blog! 😛 i live in texas and i’m loving all the down home recipes and pictures! yeah, magnolia cafe has the BEST chocolate chip pancakes i’ve ever had the privilege to put in my mouth.
    p.s.-i totally ADORE fritos too!

  50. Even though I prefer Kerby Lane, Magnolia has always provided a close substitute. Thank you for your blog.

    Being a Longhorn myself and living in Coralville, Iowa (Hawkeye country, I do get homesick for Austin’s best.

    The recipe came in handy this morning in being able to surprise my wife with breakfast.

    Blessings to you,


  51. Margaret

    Yummmm…..I used to live across the street from Magnolia on S. Congress and would dash across the street in flip-flops with my roommate at random times throughout the week to go get a huge stack of these. God bless Austin and anywhere else you can get gingerbread pancakes at three in the morning.

  52. Hi,
    I lived in Austin for three years and then we had to move back to Istanbul, Turkey. I miss everything about Austin therefore, I consider myself a “homesick Texan”, too. My husband and I have been craving for Magnolia pancakes for months, thank you soooo much for sharing the receipe.

  53. I live in Austin and I woke up this morning craving Kerbey Lane gingerbread pancakes and went to search for the recipe so I could make it at home. Well, I found it, but now I feel I should just go to Kerbey Lane after reading your blog–and not take for granted living in this great city. We are indeed blessed by an abundance of good food here in Texas. Thanks for your blog…I’ll be checking in regularly now. Fantastic images, by the way.

  54. Lisa Fain

    Jim–What a lovely surprise for your wife!

    Margaret–Yes, gingerbread pancakes at any hour is indeed a good thing!

    NihanY–You’re welcome!

    Amy–You’re welcome! And thanks for the compliment on the photos!

  55. Anonymous

    Oh, how I miss Magnolia! Aside from their pancakes and other amazing breakfast items, I think I miss their “landscapes” the most. Fried potatoes covered in ham, spicy tomato sauce and queso… drool. Another thing I find myself longing for is their famous Mag-Mud. Kerbey Lane has an equivalent, Kerbey Queso which is equally good. I can’t tell you how many drunken college nights I spent sitting at either Magnolia or Kerbey Lane. In addition to the wonderful recipes, your blog brings back so many great memories 🙂

  56. Lisa Fain

    Anon–Love the Mag Mud (and Kerbey Queso), too! I should try and get the recipes.

  57. Anonymous

    I just made these and we were all unanimously underhwelmed. Ya gotta have molasses in them for them to be gingerbready… these were more like leaden spicecakes. I’ve made this recipe before with success, and they are gingerbready!

    Gingerbread Pancake Mix

    1 C. cake flour (or sub 1 C. minus 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour)

    1 C. all purpose flour

    7 T. buttermilk powder

    4 T. sugar

    2 t. ground ginger

    1 t. baking soda

    1/2 t. cinnamon

    1/4 t. salt

    pinch ground cloves

    Combine all ingredients. Transfer to a decorative jar.

    Attach a recipe card with these directions to the Gingerbread Pancake Mix:

    Place mix in a large bowl. Add:

    1 3/4 C. water

    6 T. melted butter

    1/4 C. molasses

    2 eggs

    Blend until just combined. Pour batter 1/4 C. at a time, in a hot skillet, to make the pancakes. Cook pancakes, turning once, about 2 minutes.

    Yield: 20 pancakes

  58. Anonymous

    These look awesome! I love ginger in sweet things. and the candied ginger sounds delightful! I had lemon gingerbread pancakes at a french restaurant, la note, in berkeley and they were topped with poached pears … so yummy!- Michelle

  59. I tried these today they are awesome, I had mine with golden syrup! Delicious.

    I am English so I had a problem with the measurements in ‘cups’ but a friend of mine told me that was 250ml so then I was away!

  60. Greg in Bangor

    Awesome thread here, gang! We moved to Maine from Austin a couple years ago and one of the things we miss most is our occasional weekend breakfast at the Omelettry. I agree with Kimberly that their gingerbread pancakes are better than either Magnolia’s or Kerbey Lane’s.

  61. I’m a Texas ex-pat living in San Francisco, and your blog just takes me back to all the delicious food from Texas that I miss (and often turn my CA friends on to!). I used to work at the Omelettry back in the early 90s, such a GREAT little restaurant. It was still there when I went back a few years ago and everything tasted exactly as I remember, including the yummy gingerbread pancakes. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

  62. Anonymous

    you guys need to try serving this with sour cream and apple sauce!! it sounds gross/weird, but the combo of flavor is to die for!

  63. masdevallia

    I was searching for a Gingerbread pancake w/ pear compote recipe for my sister’s brunch. They serve this combo at a bistro in San Francisco. I’m excited to try this out!

  64. A high school friend of mine was visiting from Maryland; after a night of boozing it up downtown, we went to Kerbey Lane… she got (TWO!) gingerbread pancakes… keep in mind these are plate sized… and an order of Kerbey queso.

    Deliciousness on their own, but epic fail as she discovered when dared to combine the two.

    I think I’ll make these soon… I’ve been craving pancakes something fierce lately.

  65. I have to say; you take some of the best food pictures I have ever seen in my LIFE! Along with the cute commentary about the food. I must admit, this is the best food blog by far, not only am I learning how to make the food, I am learning a bit of history about the food, and some of your history too. Thank you SO much for sharing! I will be making these for my family on thanksgiving morning and christmas morning!


  66. Anonymous

    The gingerbread pancakes at Magnolia were the second gingerbread pancakes I ever had. The first were in a little purple-colored hole-in-the-wall in Atlanta, called Java Jive. They are famed for their Sunday breakfast and their gingerbread pancakes. Unlike Magnolia Cafe, Java Jive serves lemon curd on the side. If you have never had gingerbread pancakes with a dab of lemon curd, you have not enjoyed those gingerbread pancakes to their fullest. I recommend it (if that wasn’t already clear). 🙂

    Warren Chirhart, Jr. (former Austin resident now living in Germany)

  67. Anonymous

    Thank you !!! I lived in Austin years ago, and never thought I’d get gingerbread pancakes again. Delicious!

  68. thanks for this, i surprised my husband with pancakes this morning for the first time! just couldn’t resist trying this recipe! yummo!!! thanks for the awesome recipes!

  69. Anonymous

    Made these this past weekend for family staying at my house. I cooked down some apples to serve with them. These pancakes were phenomental and so easy to whip up a batch. I had planned to freeze the leftovers, but there weren't any. Thanks for the great recipe.

  70. Anonymous

    You forgot the Omelettery. They have very good gingerbread pancakes as well.

  71. I'm from Tyler and have loved Gingerbread Pancakes for quite some time! I have 4 daughters who have their own twist, but what they all agree on is the Dream Syrup I make. Yes, it's what dreams are made of! I think the yogurt would be better for you but if your in the mood for some little piece of heaven, you might give it a try.

    1 1/2 c. sugar
    3/4 c. buttermilk
    1/2 c. butter
    1 tbsp. Karo syrup (light)
    1 tsp. soda
    2 tsp. vanilla
    Mix all ingredients, except vanilla, in a deep pan. Bring to a boil; boil 7 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat, add vanilla. Store in refrigerator. Heat before serving. Excellent over ice cream or pancakes, waffles or French toast.

    Let me know what you think!

  72. We went to Kerby Lane Cafe after a night of Bowling in Austin. This was our first visit. I had the pumpkin pancakes! Awesome! I live 1.5 hours away so I had to find this recipe. I found your site and my day was made! Thanks! I made them for brunch. I happened to have a jar of my homemade pecan syrup in the frig. It was a a no brainer combination.

    Butter Pecan Syrup
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    2 cups sugar
    1 cup water
    1 teaspoons butter pecan extract or maple flavoring
    1/4 cup butter
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add pecans. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add flavoring and butter prior to serving.

    Suzi, Harper, Texas

  73. Anonymous

    Love these gingerbread pancakes…Made them last year for shrove Tuesday for several friends and they were a a hit!! I want to include more friends in our pre-Lenten gingerbread pancake celebration. Does anyone have instructions for successfully freezing, reheating and serving pancakes? I would love to be able to enjoy my company while they are enjoying these fabulous pancakes!

    Native Texan

  74. chelsea lyn

    i just stumbled upon this post from your recipe index. Last year my boyfriend and i did a summer-long cross country roadtrip and happened to stop at Magnolias for breakfast. Their gingerbread cakes were incredible and i've been daydreaming about them ever since. thanks for the recipe. i can't wait to try it out!

  75. Anonymous

    Had these at magnolia TWICE this weekend after the bar(read LATE), so happy to make them at home! And in Htown!!

  76. K Morgan

    The reason why Anglicans do pancakes rather than have the cakes is due to Oliver Cromwell and the puritan movement. Prior to this Anglicans and Catholics celebrated feast days and liturgical events with cakes and feasting and when Cromwell came into power he banned cakes because it was too Catholic. Even after Cromwell left office this stigma against cake persisted and to this day a cake is seen as naughty, although it's no longer illegal to have. So, to make a long story short, it's completely down to the Englishness of the Anglican church that they don't celebrate Mardi Gras the same way as Catholics or historically Catholic countries.

    By the way, I love the site and keeps me inspired to make Tex-Mex in Blighty.

  77. Kerby's are the best! And HEB has their mix for them if you aren't willing to make Homesick's version.

    How do you eat them? I was introduced by my daughter a few years back while she was at school at UT. You go, late at night or VERY early in the morning….when your order comes, you eat the center out, pour all the syrup in the hole and start working your way out of the hole!

    I'm making these on Tuesday!!!!

  78. I've made this recipe for my parents the past several years on the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving topped w/ a bit of sorghum. This year I was going to change to a cranberry pancake recipe and mom said she wanted these instead. I think this recipe is now a tradition. Thanks!

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