Sweet spice and buckwheat pancakes

Sweet spice

Simply mix this spice in a bowl and have it ready to sprinkle over muffins or a hot chocolate, add to a pumpkin pie, fold through lightly whipped cream or stir through a pancake batter.

Makes ½ cup

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

1 tsp cardamom

½ tsp cloves

¼ tsp nutmeg


1. Place all ingredients in a small bowl, giving it a good stir. Store in an airtight jar.

Buckwheat pancakes

Makes 8

1 cup buckwheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp spice mix, plus extra to sprinkle

1 tsp vanilla essence

1¼ cups buttermilk

1 egg

To cook

1 Tbsp butter

To serve


coconut yoghurt

maple syrup

mint leaves


1. Place the flour, baking powder, soda, sugar and spice mix in a bowl. In another bowl, combine the vanilla, buttermilk and egg. Mix the two together until smooth. Melt a little butter in a frying pan and add a quarter of a cup of batter. Cook the pancakes until just bubbling, then flip for a further 2 minutes.

2. Serve stacked with sliced bananas, yoghurt, maple syrup and mint leaves.

 — Angela Casley/viva.co.nz


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