Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pumpkin Pancakes are Breakfast for Dinner

Pumpkin Pancakes RecipeTonight Katie made breakfast for dinner, with pumpkin spice pancakes and bacon.  It was one of those raw, blustery November days that called for a warm, inviting meal, whether it was a traditional dinner or not.  It was great to walk into her house and hear her say "We're having breakfast for dinner!".  Katie makes great pancakes.  She consults her Joy of Cooking cookbook for its traditional pancake recipe, usually infusing them with blueberries.  Seeing that we're just eight days away from Thanksgiving, the warmth and spice of pumpkin pancakes is a perfect, seasonal variation.  Henry loved them too.  He'd spear a piece of pancake with his toddler fork, push it on securely, dip it in the puddle of syrup, and stuff it in his mouth.  He had a real system going.  I ate with my right hand, holding Peter, now four weeks old, all curled up and sleeping, with my left arm.  I remember those days early child-nurturing days, doing a lot of things with only one free hand.  We do become quite adept at functioning well with a baby in one arm and accomplishing tasks with the other! 

This recipe that follows is from, and the over-950 reviewers gave it 4.5 stars out of five.  That's a solid endorsement that this recipe is not only reliable, but really good!

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar

1. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt, stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.

2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

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