When Coffee Met Pancakes

The relationship between coffee and breakfast foods is a love affair that spans the ages, so with pancake day coming up we wanted to see if we could take it one step further! 

So we scoured the recipe books and food blogs of the internet until we hit the jackpot. Presenting: Pancakes that taste like coffee & coffee that tastes like pancakes (bear with us…)

Coffee pancakes.

espresso martini pancakes

We were obviously instantly sold on this idea, then we got lost down an internet rabbit hole and discovered espresso martini pancakes and we had to share them with the world!
To make espresso martini pancakes you will need: 

  • 4 tbsp vodka 
  • coffee liqueur - we recommend Conker Spirit cold brew coffee liqueur!
  • 2 double shots of espresso - we would recommend ourselves, but that’s sort of implied isn’t it?
  • 200g of good quality chocolate
  • 100g of butter
  • 100g of roasted coffee beans
  • 450ml of double cream
  • 6 tbsp of caster sugar
  • 1 spliced vanilla pod
  • 1 egg 
  • 300ml buttermilk 
  • 100ml whole milk 
  • 2 tbsp butter 
  • 120g plain flour 
  • 115g fine cornmeal 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda 
  • 200ml clarified butter 
  • whipped cream

To make the sauce:

Step one - melt the chocolate and butter together with the roasted coffee beans
Step two - heat the double cream, 4 tbsp of caster sugar, vanilla pod and espresso. 
Step three - combine the two mixtures together slowly, folding until smooth. 
Step four - add 4 tbsp of vodka slowly, stirring gently. 
Step five - pass mixture through a sieve and store at room temperature. 

To make the pancakes: 

Step one - Into a small bowl add 1 egg, the buttermilk, 1 split vanilla pod and the whole milk 
Step two - whisk ingredients and stir in 2 tbsp melted butter
Step three - add in the plain flour, cornmeal, salt, 2 tbsp caster sugar, baking powder and bicarb. 
Step four - mix briefly until just combined
Step five - transfer to squeeze bottle 
Step six - heat the clarified butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. 
Step seven - squeeze out mix into an even round disc and cook until they look dry and bubbly on top, then flip and cook the other side.

To make it Instagram worthy:

Step one - smother the plate with your sauce
Step two - lay a pancake on top of your sauce
Step three - cream
Step four - pancake
Step five - cream
Step six - pancake
Step seven - repeat until you reach the ceiling
Step eight - to complete your stack top with a dusting of cocoa powder and a scattering of chocolate covered coffee beans
Step nine - #treatyoself 

pancake stack

Our verdict?

They're perfect for a boozy brunch or a pancake day dinner party showstopper (if that’s a thing). 
Sure, it’s a long list of ingredients, and we’re 5 ingredient kind of people. But we actually found we had a lot of them in the cupboard already! 
 If the list puts you off though, try McDougalls American pancake mix, for a delicious cheat. 

Pancake coffee.


Believe us, we were sceptical too, but when the US barista champion, Lem Butler, says it’s good, then it’s probably pretty good. 

To make pancake flavoured coffee you will need:
  • Maple syrup  
  • Steamed milk 
  • One cinnamon stick
  • Espresso
Step one  - pop some maple syrup in the bottom of a cup (to taste)
Step two - fill cup with steamed milk
Step three - slide a cinnamon stick into your mug 
Step four - pour the espresso into the hole at the top of the cinnamon stick
Step five - sit back and enjoy a delicious stack of coffee… cup, cup of coffee. 


Our verdict? 

Would definitely make again! 
You only need the tiniest amount of maple syrup though, trust us. And turns out it's had to find cinnamon sticks with actual holes in, ours was more of a coffee slide, pouring it was a skill. 


Tag us on social if you try any pancake/coffee concoctions on Tuesday, we'd love an excuse to try out more recipes!