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Xmas Spekulatius Pancakes with Caramel and Roasted Marshmallows

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We started our Christmas countdown with a sweet stack of gingerbread and caramel pancakes.


Spekulatius pancakes with homemade caramel sauce and roasted marshmallows - brought to you by Pancake Stories




Spekulatius pancakes with homemade caramel sauce and roasted marshmallows - brought to you by Pancake Stories



It is that time of the year again! It starts to get colder and you feel more comfortable inside - having a big cup of hot chocolate and... THIS! Meet the Spekulatius pancakes with homemade caramel sauce and roasted marshmallows. This could be a dessert for the Christmas meal or a perfect breakfast for a holiday morning.


Spekulatius pancakes with homemade caramel sauce and roasted marshmallows - brought to you by Pancake Stories


What is special about these pancakes? We added some ground Spekulatius into the batter to give it that special holiday taste. Spekulatius is a typical German gingerbread cookie - but any similar cookie type will do the job. We also poured our favorite home made caramel sauce on top, sprinkled crumbs of cookies over everything and added roasted marshmallows. Yum!



Spekulatius pancakes with homemade caramel sauce and roasted marshmallows - brought to you by Pancake Stories


Spekulatius pancakes with homemade caramel sauce and roasted marshmallows - brought to you by Pancake Stories

Making your own caramel sauce is not complicated, you only need a few simple ingredientsTiming is the tricky part, if you cook it for not long enough it will be too runny and if you cook it for too long it will be bitter and solid. We can't give you exact time instructions, since every stove is different. But if you do it right you will end up with a caramel sauce that is much tastier than anything you could buy in a store.

For 300g sauce:

130 g cream (might be called whip cream in stores)
60g butter 
150g regular sugar
3 tablespoons water

  1. First heat butter and cream in a small pot on a stove until the butter is melted (you can do that in a microwave too). 
  2. In a second big pot slowly heat water and sugar (it really needs to be a big pot, otherwise you will be covered in hot splatters after cooking). 
  3.  Let the big pot boil while you stir water and sugar until they reach that typical amber color. Timing is very important here!
  4. Now pour the melted butter and cream from the small pot into the big one. It will now boil and splatter. Immediately take it from the stove and stir well.
  5. If you feel like adding a little bit of flavor (for example liqueur) add it now, otherwise skip this step.
  6. Put the sauce in a jar right away and let it cool without putting the lid on top.You did it! This sauce can be poured on pancakes, baked goods or just be used as a dip. If the sauce hardens just put it in a microwave for a little bit. 


Spekulatius pancakes with homemade caramel sauce and roasted marshmallows - brought to you by Pancake Stories


For the pancakes:

170g whole wheat flour
80g finely ground Spekulatius cookies (or similar Christmas ginger cookies)
15g brown sugar
15g regular sugar
pinch of salt
2x pinches of cinnamon
4g baking soda  
4g baking powder

4eggs
50g melted butter
250ml buttermilk

For the topping:

Caramel sauce
little marshmallows
1 crushed Spekulatius Cookie 

  1. This recipe starts with cookies: you need to grind them very fine. Don't crush for too long, you don't want the crumbs to be lumpy. Go for that powdery texture and compound it with the flour, the brown sugar, a pinch of salt and the baking soda/powder. Blend and set aside for later.
  2. Now separate the eggs. Whisk egg white with buttermilk. Merge egg yolk with 15g white sugar and cooled melted butter in a separate big bowl. Caution: let the melted butter cool down if you don't want the pancakes to taste like scrambled eggs.
  3. Mix beaten egg white and the egg yolk  butter mixture. Whisk.
  4. While whisking pour your dry mix with the rest. Take your time and don't mix too hard, a little amount of lumps are just fine. Your dough should look very brown and thick. Let it rest for ten minutes.
  5. Preheat your pan and don't use any oil (don't worry, there is already butter in the dough). Start pouring the dough in the pan and flipping until the pancake  has a light brown color. You smell that? Yeah. This recipe is one of our favorites! 
  6. Pour the caramel sauce on top, sprinkle some cookie crumbles.
  7. Roast the little marshmallows with a crème brûlée torch for a couple of seconds. Don't use a candle for it, those are toxic. Serve the pancakes with the marshmallows.
  8. To make your breakfast really winter-y eat your pancakes with a cup of hot chocolate with extra marshmallows!
Let us know whether you tried the recipe. Use hashtag #pancake_stories on social media to show off your creation. And don't forget to follow us in Instagram.

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