Saturday Stirrings: Pumpkin Pancakes

It’s official. Fall has finally arrived here in Armpit, Florida. This morning I opened the front door and was greeted with COOL air. Not cold, but COOL. A welcome change from the hot sauna type air that usually takes my breath away. And not in a good way.

I walked the children out to the van so that Fiddledaddy could take them to McDonalds to score a large vat of coffee for the tired mommy. I threatened to do the annual “underwear dance” which accompanies the first morning of cooler weather. The children sped it up and hopped into the van, and Fiddledaddy peeled out in a hurry. Leaving me standing in the driveway in my pjs. Chuckling. Enjoying the cool air. And peace and quiet.

My thoughts turned to breakfast. Immediately, this recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes came to mind. I got this recipe from The Abundant Life last year and it has been one of my favorites. Especially around the holidays.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Dry Ingredients:
2 C. King Arthur All-Natural Whole Wheat Flour
2 T. Packed Brown Sugar (I substitute Splenda)
1 T. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. each of Cinnamon, Ground Cloves, Nutmeg, and Ginger (OR substitute 2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice)

Wet Ingredients:
1 12 oz. Can Evaporated Milk (I use the fat-free version)
1 C. Milk
1/2 C. Canned Pumpkin (can freeze the leftover pumpkin)
1 Large Egg
2 T. Canola Oil

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir until moistened. Batter may be lumpy, but then, so is the cook. No judgment. If the batter seems too thick, add a bit of milk or water. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat and give it a shot of cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the hot griddle and cook until they burst into flames the bubbles begin to burst. Then flip and cook through.

When cooled, these freeze really well. Although, very few actually make it into our freezer.

I’ve been known to serve these for dinner. I’ve also substituted a scoop of protein powder replacing a scoop of whole wheat flour.

Keep your eyes open. In the next couple of weeks, there will be some changes to Saturday Stirrings. A chance to join in on the fun. Just in time for the holidays.

Have a wonderful weekend!

November 3, 2007

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