Sweet Potato Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg
1-3/4 cups 2% milk
1/2 cup canned sweet potatoes, mashed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 jar (12 ounces) hot caramel ice cream topping, warmed
3/4 cup coarsely chopped unsalted cashews, toasted
Whipped butter, optional

In a small bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, sweet potatoes and melted butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with nuts. Serve with whipped butter if desired. Makes 6 servings.