Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes with Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Sauce

Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes with Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Sauce

Yes, it’s another flipping pancake post! But Pancake Day is very nearly here and I’m making the most of it. It’s one of my favourite days of the year as it’s a good excuse to indulge. English, Dutch, Scots, American, Breton, sweet, savoury – pancakes of any description are fine by me. Last week I made some savoury pea protein pancakes. Today I give you wholemeal spelt pancakes served with a sophisticated coffee cardamom chocolate sauce.

I’m renowned for adding flavours to my pancake batter, but this time I wanted plain pancakes, so the sauce would speak for itself. Plain pancakes lend themselves to both sweet and savoury accompaniments, which is just what I want on pancake day. Some savoury, some sweet, all lush. Before smothering a stack of these wholemeal spelt pancakes in the luscious coffee cardamom chocolate sauce, I had a couple with a fried egg, tomatoes and chilli salt. Taste sensation!

Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes

These wholemeal spelt pancakes use kefir and are super simple to make. The process was made even easier this time with a fabulous bundle of tools courtesy of OXO. I have a few OXO Good Grips utensils now and I use them all the time. They are sturdy, well designed and very comfortable to hold. The extra wide silicone pancake turner is fantastic and makes flipping pancakes a breeze. There is no danger of scratching non-stick surfaces and it glides under the pancakes with no fuss at all. I was also impressed by the white stainless steel mixing bowl, which has a non-slip base to avoid the bowl sliding whilst mixing.

OXO Gadgets

OXO Gadgets

OXO Gadgets

OXO Gadgets

Other gadgets included in the bundle were a squeeze and pour silicone measuring jug, a balloon whisk, a silicone lemon squeeze & store and a 3-in-1 egg separator. The latter is a particularly nifty little gadget. It hooks onto the side of most bowls and can be used for cracking eggs, sifting out broken bits of eggshell and separating the eggs. Although I didn’t need to separate eggs for my wholemeal spelt pancakes, I had to give it a try anyway. The egg cracked easily and the white slithered down into the bowl whilst the yolk stayed behind. Last, but by no means least, I received a trigger ice cream scoop. I’ve been coveting one of these for a long time. I can never get the ice cream out of my current scoop. In this instance, I used the scoop for measuring out my pancake batter.

Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes

Unless I’m flipping vegan pancakes, I use kefir to make my pancake batter. It always gives a spectacular fluffy result, even with 100% wholemeal flour. If you don’t have kefir, you can use buttermilk or watered down yoghurt. The other ingredients are few: wholewheat spelt flour, an egg, salt and raising agents. Once you have perfect plain pancakes, it’s all in the sauce. The sauce I used here is simple to make, though the taste is complex. Coffee and cardamom are a Middle Eastern classic. Combine them with chocolate and you have a match made in heaven, as you’ll know if you’ve tried my coffee cardamom chocolate mousse cake.

So how about trying out my wholemeal spelt pancakes this Shrove Tuesday?

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Wholemeal Spelt Pancakes with Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Fluffy wholemeal spelt pancakes made with kefir and served with a sophisticated coffee, cardamom chocolate sauce.

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 4 people
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme
Ingredients
Pancakes
  • 230 g wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 250 ml kefir can use buttermilk or watered down yoghurt
Chocolate Sauce
  • 2 cardamom pods I used 2 drops Holy Lama cardamom spice drops
  • 75 ml strong coffee
  • 25 g golden caster sugar
  • 100 g 70% dark chocolate chopped
  • 50 ml double cream
Serve With
  • 25 g flaked almonds toasted
Instructions
Pancakes
  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
  2. Make a well in the middle and break in the egg. Add the kefir and whisk from the inside out until the batter is just mixed.
  3. Leave to rest for a few minutes, whilst you make the chocolate sauce.
  4. Lightly grease a non-stick frying pan and place over a moderate heat. Drop large spoonfuls of the batter onto the pan and cook for 3 minutes or so, when bubbles have appeared  on the surface and the batter is almost set. Flip and cook on the over side for a further 2-3 minutes.

  5. Place on a plate and keep warm in the oven until they are all done.

Chocolate Sauce
  1. Grind the seeds from the cardamom pods, if using,

  2. Warm the coffee and sugar together in a pan and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

  3. Turn off the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the sauce is smooth.

  4. Leave to cool slightly, then pour over the warm pancakes.

  5. Sprinkle with the toasted flaked almonds.

Recipe Notes

Makes 12 Pancakes.

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40 Comments

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    23rd February 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Awesome! We just had some sourdough pancakes yesterday…going to make some more this weekend.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 3:24 pm

      Ooh sourdough pancakes sound a fabulous idea. I bet they’re good. Do you have the recipe on your blog?

      Reply
  2. Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook

    23rd February 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I really want to try using spelt flour after looking at this. I have in my head that it’s heavy in texture and flavour – I’m wrong aren’t I? Funny how you get an idea stuck.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 5:23 pm

      I love spelt flour. It’s been my flour of choice for many years now. I guess it just depends on the recipe you use, but I don’t find it to be heavy at all and most definitely not in these pancakes. And the nutty flavour is a bonus. But if you’re used to only using white flour, it may take a while to get used to it.

      Reply
  3. Kitty Morris

    23rd February 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Oh they look absolutely lush! I haven’t tried spelt flour before but these look fab

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Spelt is a brilliant flour. It’s particularly good for those with a low wheat tolerance and it tastes delicious.

      Reply
  4. Lucy Parissi

    23rd February 2017 at 4:53 pm

    These sound so delicious – love the flavour combo in that chocolate sauce! Those OXO tools look fabulous too – I need that spatula and egg separator…

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks Lucy. The chocolate sauce is phenomenal and the spatial and egg separator aren’t bad either 😉

      Reply
  5. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    23rd February 2017 at 4:58 pm

    OMG that chocolate sauce looks so good – it has so many flavors going on. This is such a creative dish, can’t wait to try it!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Karen. The chocolate sauce is the sort of thing you just want to eat out of the jar with a spoon.

      Reply
  6. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    23rd February 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I’m so excited about Pancake Day. These look so delicious and those OXO products look great too.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Jemma. Pancake Day is one of the best days of the year. The run up to it is pretty good too – plenty of opportunities to use the OXO tools.

      Reply
  7. Rhizowen

    23rd February 2017 at 5:12 pm

    A life without pancakes isn’t worth living.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Haha, it would be very sad indeed to have no pancakes to look forward to.

      Reply
  8. Jenny

    23rd February 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Ooh, so many different things I’ve never tried before. Love the sound of using spelt and kefir to make pancakes and the sauce sounds divine.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks Jenny, spelt and kefir are two of my star ingredients and yes, that sauce is divine 🙂

      Reply
  9. Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    23rd February 2017 at 6:19 pm

    I love pancakes! And I love spelt flour. These look so delicious!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks Elaine. Spelt makes surprisingly good pancakes I find.

      Reply
  10. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    23rd February 2017 at 6:20 pm

    You always make such interesting pancakes – I only ever make ‘normal’ ones (well, apart from the vegan ones, I suppose).

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 6:44 pm

      Vegan indeed! You forget just how creative you are Cathy 🙂

      Reply
  11. Veena Azmanov

    23rd February 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I love that chocolate Sauce combo….!! I’ve never eaten spelt flour pancakes but these do look like I would enjoy them,

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 9:08 pm

      I hope you give them a try. That chocolate sauce is fantastic.

      Reply
  12. Fiona Saluk

    23rd February 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I love love love chocolate and cardamom together and don’t know why it’s not a more common combination! Thank you for sharing and that oxo egg separator is calling my name…

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 10:08 pm

      It’s quite a common combination with me, but yes it should be better known. The egg separator is brill.

      Reply
  13. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    23rd February 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Yep…… Pancakes everywhere at the moment! But look at that sauce…. How tempting is that?!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd February 2017 at 10:10 pm

      That sauce is way too tempting Kate and I’ll let you into a secret. It doesn’t need pancakes 😉

      Reply
  14. Hannah Hossack-Lodge

    23rd February 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I love spelt flour and it works great in pancakes! That coffee cardamom chocolate sauce looks and sounds to die for 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th February 2017 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Hannah. I use spelt flour for most of my baking. It’s fab stuff. As is that sauce 🙂

      Reply
  15. Emily | Oat&Sesame

    24th February 2017 at 1:04 am

    Post as many pancake recipes as you want – no one is going to argue there! I have a package of spelt flour just waiting for these! I love that they go savory or sweet – that coffee cardamom chocolate sauce sounds insanely yummy.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th February 2017 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Emily, spelt is my favourite all purpose flour and I use it for most things. Let me know if you make them.

      Reply
  16. Emily Coates

    24th February 2017 at 9:53 am

    These look delicious! Lovely pictures too xx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th February 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Emily. I could eat them all over again 🙂

      Reply
  17. Chris @thinlyspread

    24th February 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Oh my word, that sauce is awesome! I love spelt flour, it adds a bit of interest and the pancakes look lovely BUT THAT SAUCE! 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th February 2017 at 1:30 pm

      That sauce is truly awesome Chris. But the pancakes are rather good too 😀

      Reply
  18. Natalie | Natalie's Food & Health

    24th February 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my… that coffee cardamom chocolate sauce sounds so sooo good. Love that these pancakes are healthy and I could enjoy worry-free 😉 BTW, I like the ice cream scoop hack for pouring batter on the pan! Must remember that for next time I make pancakes.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      24th February 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks Natalie. The chocolate sauce is rather fabulous, though sadly I’m unable to say it’s healthy. The pancakes are another matter 🙂

      Reply
  19. Dom

    25th February 2017 at 9:49 am

    Spelt flour is epic. These look so good and that choc cardamom sauce. Hello!!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      25th February 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Spelt makes fab pancakes and yes, this is the best chocolate sauce – ever!

      Reply
  20. Sharon @ Bit of the Good Stuff

    26th February 2017 at 9:14 pm

    My family are huge fans of pancakes and we eat them pretty much every weekend. I’m always on the lookout for new twists, flavour combinations and ideas for toppings. We certainly haven’t tried a coffee cardamom chocolate topped spelt pancake yet! Definitely need to add this to the ‘to try’ list 🙂 Thanks for sharing your recipe and Happy Pancake Day for Tuesday! ❤️

    Reply
    • Choclette

      27th February 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Sharon. I’m rather envious of your weekly pancakes, what a lovely tradition. Let me know if you try either the pancakes or the sauce. Happy Pancake Day to you too 🙂

      Reply

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