Monday, November 12, 2012

Welcome Home - Pumpkin Pancakes


Let's start our November blog catch-up with a some simple pumpkin pancakes. The bf and I are making progress with our unpacking and this weekend, we broke in our new kitchen and made a nice Sunday breakfast followed by a long day at Ikea and back home for steaks and Sunday Night Football. We were discussing what to make for breakfast and I said I would make pancakes and the bf asked if we could spruce em up and what better for the month of November than PUMPKIN!

Because of our chaotic unpacking and running errands weekend, we forgot to buy syrup for our pancakes. Which is fine by me because I personally only use a tiny bit for just a touch of sweetness. Therefore, since we didn't have any maple goodness to put on the pancakes, I upped the amount of sugar that I would normally put. If you will be using syrup, reduce the amount of sugar to 3-4 tbsp of sugar.

Pumpkin Pancakes, adapted from America's Test Kitchen

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 large egg
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 generous cup pumpkin puree


Directions:
(1) In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.

(2) In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter, buttermilk and pumpkin puree.

(3) Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour the buttermilk mixture into the well, and whisk gently just until incorporated. Be careful not to over mix, a few lumps won't hurt your batter.

(4) Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Spay with cooking spray and spoon your batter into the skillet. I like to use my handy dandy portion scoops to make little sand dollars instead of full size pancakes, whatever you prefer.

(5) Once you spoon the batter into the pan, do NOT attempt to move them until you are ready to flip them. Cook about 2-3 minutes until large bubbles begin to appear and pop.

(6) Flip the pancakes. You only have ONE chance to flip them, so flip em good. Cook another 1-2 minutes.

(7) Remove from pan and devour!

I was really bad at taking pictures of the process but you can see our final delicious breakfast feast. Maple sausage, eggs, hash browns, and pancakes. Our new house has two rose bushes in the backyard and we plucked some for the table <3

Happy November!


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