In the words of John Travolta, “Sandy. Oh, Sandy.”
I was in Charlotte, North Carolina over the weekend for a wedding and was scheduled to head back to New York City on Sunday. Three days, seven canceled flights, and one superstorm named Sandy later, and I am currently in … Charlotte, North Carolina. Like many of my fellow New Yorkers, once I do make it back to Manhattan, I’ll be without power for at least a week. No elevators + living on the 24th floor = the workout I never wanted.
Who would’ve known these Pumpkin Pie Pancakes would be the last meal my trusty stove would churn out before losing its juice? If pumpkin pie is your seasonal sweet of choice, then dessert becomes breakfast by whisking pumpkin purée and spices into quick-fix homemade pancake batter. After a few minutes on a hot griddle, you’ll be slicing into a stack of flavor-packed flapjacks. Now if getting back to New York was only so simple!
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Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 40 min (includes resting)
Cook Time: 5 min
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 1/4 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and sugar in a large bowl. Set it aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin with the milk, egg and melted butter.
Make a well in the dry ingredients then pour in the wet, stirring to combine. Allow the batter to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Heat a large sauté pan over medium-low heat and add just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, allowing it to heat for 2 to 3 minutes. (See Kelly's Notes.)
In batches, scoop 3 to 4 tablespoons of batter into the pan to form pancakes. Cook the pancakes on one side until bubbles appear in the center, then flip them once and continue cooking until no longer doughy in the center. Serve the pancakes with your choice of toppings, including maple syrup, fresh fruit, nuts or whipped cream.
You can substitute 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ginger.
Make sure you are using pure pumpkin purée rather than pumpkin pie filling.
The true indication for when to flip a pancake is when tiny bubbles appear in the center. Flip it any sooner and you'll be left with a runny mess!
A fish spatula is my go-to gadget for flipping pancakes since it is small and flexible enough to easily maneuver in a pan.
There's no need to waste an entire pancake's worth of batter to determine if you oil is hot enough. Instead, simply add a tiny drop of batter to the pre-heated pan. It should sizzle immediately, otherwise your pan is not hot enough and the pancakes will become sponges soaking up any and all oil.