Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year and this past week Fall has finally arrived in Virginia. We don’t get much Fall color here when compared to the more northern states but some of the trees are the most beautiful shades of red, orange and yellows. There are a lot of perfect days this time of year, and to me, perfect means the crisp, cool air with the still warm sun and the most amazing deep blue sky. There are Fall festivals on the weekends with pumpkins, music, hayrides, arts and crafts and more pumpkins. Which brings me to my subject for this recipe….pumpkin
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I absolutely adore pumpkin. I have on occasion tried pumpkin pancakes in restaurants but it has always been a bit disappointing, too much ginger, not enough cinnamon, too greasy…you get the picture. So I decided to try my hand at making home-made pumpkin pancakes and this version did not disappoint. In my opinion, there is just the right combination of spices and when served with warm Maple syrup, they are to die for. These Pumpkin Spice Pancakes are already on my “Top 5″ favorite pumpkin recipes list.
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (makes 7 pancakes)
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (5 1/2 oz. or 155 grams)
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 dashes of ground cloves
1 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
In a medium bowl mix all dry ingredients together using a fork to ensure there are no clumps of brown sugar. In a separate bowl mix together milk, pumpkin puree, egg and vegetable oil. Using a whisk combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and whisk only until combined.
Heat a small greased pan to medium heat. Pour 1/3 cup batter onto hot pan and fry until air bubble form on top surface. Flip pancake and cook the second side until golden brown. If desired, keep pancakes warm in oven (200 degrees F) until ready to serve. Enjoy with warm Maple syrup.
Source: adapted from Annie’s Eats