There are a lot of pancake recipes out there, and you likely have your favorites. In that sense, I find myself hard to impress on the pancake front, too. But recently I came across a recipe with both espresso powder and chai spices. It didn't take long to convince me there was room for one more recipe. I've long been a fan of Laura Wright's beautiful blog, The First Mess. Her recipes always speak to me at just the time I seem to need them: crisp, seasonal salad? Please. Hearty soup for a tough week ahead? Thank you. Dirty Chai Pancakes? Apparently: yes! If you stroll into a coffee shop and order a dirty chai, out will come a creamy, spicy chai with a shot (or two) of espresso. While many folks flock to Pumpkin Spice Latte-land in the fall, I've long been a Dirty Chai gal, so I was struck with a sense of pure genius when I saw that Laura had taken those warm flavors and folded them into pancake batter.
The pancakes themselves are a whole-grain recipe largely relying on spelt flour, and they're topped with a homemade cranberry compote. They're fluffier than any whole-grain pancake I've laid eyes on. Laura describes them as right up her alley. I'd have to agree.
Megan is a freelance writer and recipe developer. Her cookbook, Whole-Grain Mornings, will be available in bookstores nationwide Dec/2013. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.
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