Monday, November 10, 2014
Spicy Ginger Pumpkin Pancakes
You know you want them.
I don't usually hop on the pumpkin bandwagon. It's not that I don't like pumpkin. It's that it's not really pumpkin that is in pumpkin-flavored stuff. I am not a purist in that sense, but I won't generally seek pumpkin-esque things out intentionally. I like cloves and cinnamon year-round, so when fall hits and everyone starts up with their pumpkin this and pumpkin that, I am not so influenced.
I had some leftover pumpkin from my pumpkin chocolate chip scones. And I thought I would try some pancakes because The Child loves pancakes and if I can get actual breakfast into her before school that would be great.
I have only the picture above because we ate them as fast as they came out of the pan and then I was too full to care about taking pictures.
These pancakes could not have been more delicious if they tried. Faintly spicy, studded with crispy candied ginger and tasting very much of pumpkin. Light and fluffy. Delicious with or without maple syrup. Delicious with homemade apple butter. You will want to keep this recipe and make it often, especially my gluten-free friends. They freeze beautifully, and you can even freeze the batter (although the resulting pancakes are less fluffy. Still delicious.). Add more or less spice, use the ginger or don't, fry bacon until it's super crispy and then crumble it into the batter before you fry them up: go crazy. Here is the basic recipe.
Spicy Ginger Pumpkin Pancakes
In a large bowl, mix together the following dry ingredients, adjusting the spices as you see fit:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used the GF flour mix I made)
4 tablespoons sugar (use less if you like)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
minced crystallized ginger (as much as you like; I ended up with about 4 tablespoons).*
In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients:
1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (freeze the leftover puree in ice cube trays and pop them in soup as a thickener)
1 1/2 to 2 cups of milk (when combined with the dry ingredients, it should be like thick cake batter)
4 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. You don't have to be gentle here, but it's also okay if there are still lumps in the pancakes. I gave the batter a good thrashing with a whisk because lumps drive me crazy, and the pancakes seemed to like it. Use a little less than 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, and cook on one side until the edges are dry and little bubbles form (about 2 minutes, depending on the heat. Figure that your first pancake is going to look awful and just resign yourself to eating that steamy mound of deliciousness right away. It's a sacrifice I am sure you are willing to make). Flip, cook for another minute or two, then serve with syrup, apple butter, wrapped around a sausage, or plain.
This makes about 20-24, 4-inch pancakes. Maybe. I can't actually remember. Plus we ate many, many pancakes and I lost count. But it makes a bunch.
If you have leftovers, cool them all the way then pack them four to a bag in Ziplocs and freeze. YUM.
*You can also use ground ginger, but I like the texture of the crystallized ginger in the pancake. For ground ginger, try 1 teaspoon.