Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Pancakes

I should've thought to post this last night as this is the perfect Halloween breakfast treat.  Maybe you can treat your family to Breakfast for Dinner instead.  Leave off the jack-o-lantern faces and these are great for Thanksgiving morning too.

Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Pancakes

I halved the basic pancake recipe I have (because the regular makes like 20-24 pancakes).  Then I just added some pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar to it. 

What You Will Need:
1 1/8 cups Flour
1 1/2 teasp Baking Powder
1/4 teasp Salt
2 Tblsp Sugar
1 Tblsp Brown Sugar
1/8 teasp Nutmeg
1/4 teasp Cinnamon
1 cups Milk
1 eggs
2 Tblsp butter, melted
1/4 cup pumpkin
Chocolate chips and whipped cream for faces-optional

Step 1: Make the Batter-
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.  Mix well.
In another bowl combine milk, egg, butter and pumpkin.  Mix well.
Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until all lumps are gone and batter is smooth.  I like to use a whisk to mix pancake batter.  It does a great job of smoothing out the lumps and the pancakes cook nice and fluffy.

Step 2: Cook the Pancakes-
I use a griddle pan but you can use a flat pan on the stove as well.  I set the griddle pan to 300, if cooking on the stove use medium/high heat.
Using a 1/4 measuring cup spoon pancake batter onto griddle.  To make them appear as pumpkins use a spoon to add a dab of the batter to the top of each pancake to appear as a "stem"
Cook for 1-2 minutes, or until bubbles form and pop. 
Flip and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.

Step 3: Garnish and Serve the Pancakes-
Once pancakes are done you can use the chocolate chips (or peanut butter or even dried cranberries) as the "eyes and nose" for a jack-o-lantern face.  Use the whipped cream  (or maybe chocolate syrup) to form a "mouth".
Serve with additional whipped cream, butter, syrup and/or any other toppings your family enjoys with their pancakes.
If you have older kiddos let them make thier own jack-o-lantern faces.

The Kiddos ate their with whipped cream and chocolate chips.  I rather enjoyed them plain but did try one with whipped cream.  The Hubs ate his the "traditional" way with just butter an syrup.  Everyone loved them, I hope your family will too.


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