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Chai Spiced Buttermilk Pancakes

March 16, 2009

Chai Spiced Pancakes

Everyday requires a little adventure, wouldn’t you agree?

Some days (say… yesterday for me) that adventure can be as simple as taking a new route home from work (and getting lost driving through the canyons).

Other days, that adventure might mean moving to France for three months  (not my adventure, but bon voyage dear Carsen!).

Maybe sometime during this bright and brisk week, your adventure will involve these Chai Spiced Pancakes.  I dunno about you, but there’s something about a steaming plate of pancakes makes me feel like I’m living the good life.  And chai spice?  Well, let’s just agree to calling that a mild pancake adventure.

Whatever adventure means to do, I say go and do!  Big or small.  France or pancakes.  Treat yourself to a little adventure this week…. and forever.  Foreva, eva, eva?  Yes.

Chai Spiced Pancakes

In other exciting, non pancake related news, the 2009 Bloggies are announced this afternoon.  You might want to hop on over there and check out the big winners.  Remember waaaaay back a month ago when I was nominated for Best New Blog?  Yea… well.  Win or no win, being nominated has been the most awesome kick in the pants.  Thanks for making that happen for me.  Really.  Thanks!

Wait!!  There’s more!  Here’s a super secret tip!  You might want to find yourself back here this time tomorrow for a super awesome giveaway.  I’m just sayin’…

Chai Spiced Pancakes

Pancakes.  Sweet.  Slightly spiced.  Otherwise perfect.  Do it.

Chai Spiced Buttermilk Pancakes

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2 eggs

2 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

healthy pinch of ground cloves

scant 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns (or a dash of freshly ground black pepper)

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup brewed black chai tea

4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

½ teaspoons vanilla extract

oil or cooking spray (for cooking)

Chai Spiced Pancakes

Step 1: In a large bowl beat eggs. Add buttermilk, chai tea, butter and vanilla and mix well. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Mix well until mostly smooth. Let batter set for a few minutes.

Step 2: Heat griddle or pan over medium heat. Add a teaspoon of oil (I used grapeseed oil) to the pan or spray with cooking spray. You can test to see if the pan is hot enough by adding a few drops of water, when the drops start to dance its hot enough.

Step 3: Pour 2 Tablespoons of batter onto the griddle. Cook on the first side until bubbles that form start to pop. You can also gently lift up the pancake to make sure the bottom is not overcooking, if it is the pan may be too hot and you will need to adjust the heat. Flip the pancake over with a spatula and cook until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Let cooked pancakes rest on a heat proof plate in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.  Maple syrup… that’s nice!


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  • I looked at this recipe this morning, and I had to try it. Instead of using cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger, I used my roommate’s chai masala which is a nice mix of those spices. The pancakes came out great, and with 3 eating, we only ate about half of the batch!

  • These look fantastic! Only wishing I had some chai hanging around here. Oh well, I’ll just salivate over the pictures.

    You are the BEST new blog in my book, no matter what those results say. I’ll be back tomorrow and the next day and the next day…. And that isn’t only because you will be having a giveaway :)

  • Chai pancakes? What a fabulous idea! I’m in a chai and in a pancake phase at the moment. Who would have thought they could be paired like that. Well done!

  • I love taking a new route home! It is totally a fabulous exploration and adventure. And I totally want to take an adventure with these pancakes. What a great idea, adding chai spice to them! Yum, yum.

  • They look oh so perfect. We just whipped up bacon pancakes last night. Totally not as healthy or energizing for the body, but sooooo good!

  • Wow, this will be my breakfast at one of the following weekends, as it combines one of my favorites foods: Chai and pancakes. Great idea.

  • How did you know I have a new bottle of syrup in the cupboard? It’s definitely been waiting to be poured over some of these.

  • yummy what a nice view. I love pancakes and these chai spiced must be delicious :)

  • I keep checking the Bloggies to see if you won… I hope you pull it off. I think I have this same set of mugs, only in brown. Now I feel I should go make a cup of Chai tea… yum!

  • Oh those look so tasty, I can’t wait to try them out!

  • You always have such creative ideas. I love it! Gonna try it this weekend for the fam.

    Thanks.

  • I love chai! What’s that fancy cup thingy you’ve got? Is it perhaps a tea-brewing teacup?

  • So I can use the liquid chai tea from Oregon Chai or Tazo that’s ready for use in lattes? I know, dumb question…

    Also, how many does this make? They sound delish!

  • What an amazing pancake! I’m adding it to my extra-long list of pancakes I’ve bookmarked. This one will be high up on the list for sure though!

  • Thanks for the recipe, Joy! I love making pancakes from scratch, and anything chai flavored is usually delicious. One question–about how many pancakes does this make? Would I want to half the recipe if I’m making them for just me and my husband?

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