Friday, 17 October 2014

Nutmeg in "Gingerbread Pancakes" - Breakfast on "N" Day


It's time for breakfast on "N" day and I'm using NUTMEG

I made Gingerbread Pancakes. These pancakes are oh so comforting and delicious on a wet and cold fall morning. The assortment of the soothing spices in the pancakes are a perfect compliment to one another and the aroma that fills the home is just the "icing on the cake". Yummy! 


Servings: 4 - 5

Ingredients

2 eggs
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup brewed coffee (regular or decaf), cold or at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp salt


Directions

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add the buttermilk, coffee and 1/2 cup water. Stir in the vegetable oil.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt.

3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined - don't worry if there are a few lumps.(batter will be thick)

4. Lightly grease a large saute pan or griddle with butter or nonstick spray. Heat the pan until hot and then spoon out 1/2 cup or more of batter per pancake. Cook the pancakes until the tops look dull and a few bubbles pop, about 3 minutes. Turn the pancakes over and cook for another minute or so. 

5. Serve immediately or transfer the cooked pancakes to a warm 200 degree F oven until the entire batch is finished. Serve garnished with butter, syrup and a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. 


Enjoy!


NUTMEG

Fragrant rich nutmeg is one of the highly prized spices known for its aromatic, anti-fungal, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, and curative properties. Nutmeg are evergreen trees native to the rain forest. The nutmeg fruit, about the size of an apricot, has an oval shaped hard kernel inside, known as "nutmeg spice". 

This prized spice is a good source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc and magnesium. It is also rich in many Vital B-Complex Vitamins, including C, folic acid, A and many anti-oxidants. 

The compounds in this spice have been soothing as well as stimulative on the brain. Nutmeg oil has been used in dentistry for toothache relief and by therapists during massage to reduce muscular pain and rheumatic pain of joints. 

Eating too much Nutmeg will cause sedative effects and in high quantities, will even cause hallucinations.  So just like certain other super foods, eat in moderation!

Nutmeg, ground
1 Tbsp

Thiamin   2 %
Vitamin B6  1 %
Folate  1 %
Omega 6-fatty acids  24.5 mg
Magnesium  3 %
Copper  4 %
Manganese  10 %
Protein  0.4 g


Have you been spicing up your life with Nutmeg?

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