Sunday, November 28, 2010

PUMPed Up Pancakes

Whew! It has been a "whirlwind" weekend, as my father-in-law likes to say. I am worn out from Thanksgiving weekend. It's been nice to have some time off from work, but I've been a full time wife, cook and Christmas light decorator. I'm sure many of you can relate. It seems you cook and bake for 2 days straight, and it's all eaten up in 15 minutes, then you have and endless stack of dishes to wash! Luckily everyone helped out in that department.

Did any of you brave the crowds this weekend and go shopping? I did not, unless you count going to three different Home Depot stores to exchange malfunctioning lit trees holiday shopping. ha ha! I was feeling a little under the weather this weekend so most of my time was spent at home. That also meant that I didn't do much cooking this weekend after Thanksgiving day. We're still eating leftover pie and sweet potato casserole and I'm not complaining about that. yum!

I made these pancakes a few weekends ago, but I forgot to share them with you all. shame on me. It's still November and pumpkin season, so consider this an early Christmas gift :-) I adapted these pumpkin pancakes from the ones I made last year with sweet potatoes. They're both equally delicious, it just depends on what you have on had or what you like. For added texture and holiday flair, I threw a handful of dried cranberries onto the batter as they were cooking. They're tender and moist and covered in cinnamon syrup. What could be better?

Pumpkin-Cranberry Pancakes adapted from HERE

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  • 1 and 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup dried cranberries (as much or as little as you like)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)
  • cinnamon syrup (optional)

In a small pan toast the pecans over medium heat until they release a nutty aroma. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and butter. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Add in the pumpkin puree and the sugars, stirring until combined.

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the pan. Sprinkle the upside of the pancake batter with dried cranberries, cook until the underside is golden brown. Carefully flip the pancake and cook til golden.

Serve with butter, warm cinnamon syrup and toasted nuts.

Makes about 15 pancakes.

Cinnamon Syrup from Monica H

(serves 3-4)

  • 1/2 cup pancake or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. butter

In a small bowl or measuring cup, heat syrup in the microwave. Add cinnamon, stir til fully combined. Add butter and allow to melt. Stir. Serve. Syrup will thicken as it cools.

NOTE: We use pancake syrup because Mr. H doesn't like maple syrup. But use what you like.


Katie said...

They look divine! Very autumnal and comforting. They look so wonderfully fluffy. The cinnamon syrup sounds amazing

Esther said...

Love the cranberries in the pancakes. They must have tasted awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I always look forward to adding pumpkin recipes to my repertoire.

Avril said...

Nothing could be better than a lovely stack of your pancakes Monica! Fabulous combo of flavors along with the scrumptious syrup...super YUM!

Take care of yourself Sweetie so that you don't get any sicker. :-)

From the Kitchen said...

I'd like those pancakes even it weren't November! Or fall for that matter. I have several cans of pumpkin on the shelf and there are always dried cranberries. It will be maple syrup for us since that's all my husband likes--no pancake syrup. Interesting what turns taste takes!!

Have fun decorating. Hope you feel better.


cookies and cups said...

That cinnamon sugar sounds amazing! That would be good on just about anything :)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Mmmm I can't wait to try these pumped up pancakes!

Astrid said...

Those look delicious! I may have to try making sweet potato pancakes this week. I got sweet potatoes even though my boyfriend is not a fan, so I need to find a way to make them that will make him actually enjoy them! Is the possible? Not very sure. So I might just use them for baking.
I seriuosly cannot wait until the day that I cook my own Thanksgiving.

oneordinaryday said...

Sam loves craisins. I wonder if he'd go for them in his pancakes? I'll have to get Jim right on that! haha!

Sue said...

Sorry you weren't feeling great! I do understand the cooking, cleaning, shopping and decorating spree of the past few days. It is cold and rainy here today and I'd really just like to curl up under a blanket...but, I'm going to wrap packages instead.

The pancakes look delish!

Julie said...

Fabulous looking, and I love that syrup! Hope you're feeling better!

Debbie said...

I did not do any shopping this past Friday....I try to stay away from the stores when they are that crowded. The pumpkin pancakes look sooo good. One of my favorites!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

These look very yummy. The only shopping I did was at Costco so I could get my free cookbook.

Unknown said...

These look so good! I bet they're good with chocolate chips too! And I love the idea of the cinnamon in the syrup. But my hubby is Canadian, so we HAVE to like maple syrup. :)

tamilyn said...

I ran around the living room like a crazy person decorating today, and Dude slept on the couch...FOR 3 HOURS! Men.

Now, those pancakes should be on some fancy-schmancy breakfast menu-yum!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Your cinnamon syrup sounds good. I've made Maria's (two peas in their pod)but yours seems easier and probably last longer.

Hope you're feeling better!

Allie said...

I was out shopping the day after Thankgiving. I don't go for the deals as much as just to enjoy a day with my mom and sis and enter into the Christmas season. Sorry that you were sick :(
I am really really hoping I have a can of pumpkin in my pantry right now! My kids have been begging for pancakes for dinner the last few days and I think these would be perfect!

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

I love this. Almost like my cookies, I will be making tehse very soon!

Kerstin said...

Mmmm, these are right up my alley - I wish I had everything around to make them for breakfast tomorrow but I just used the last of my Libby's :( Definitely bookmarking though!

Healthy and Homemade said...

This would be the perfect meal to make Christmas morning. YUM! I'm going to have to tell my mom about these since I'm always over there on Christmas since the Mr. is working.

Souffle Bombay said...

I keep meaning to make pumpkin pancakes for one (the family wants nothing to do with the idea lol but I do!!!).
These look perfect!

Libellule said...

I really like your pumpkin recipes! ( And all your blog! ) I have many of pumpkin puree from Halloween and we don't cook that a lot here.

Cait said...

We use fresh & frozen cranberries instead of dried cranberries in our pancake recipes. I think they add a delicious tartness to the pancake. Personally, I prefer tartness to sweetness, so that's what we do. I haven't done pumpkin-cranberry pancakes yet, but I will definitely try it!

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