Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pumpkin Pancakes for a Snowy Morning

A beautiful heavy snow fell last night. Spring seems such a long way off and gardening is just a dream at this point. Here is a photo of my garden today. Last summer was my first serious attempt at gardening, it was wonderful. This year I plan on expanding. 

It was a wonderful morning (especially since I didn't have to shovel today) to make my favorite pumpkin pancakes. I found this recipe in Parenting magazine a few years back (it has been on my refrigerator ever since). They are really easy to make and cook up nice and fluffy. 

Pumpkin Pancakes
1 cup flour
3 tbs sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 egg
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 tbs butter, melted and cooled, plus 1 tbs for the skillet.

1. Preheat skittle on medium high heat. In a bowl stir together all the dry ingredients.

2. In a large bowl beat the egg for 30 seconds. Add yogurt, pumpkin puree, & 2 tbs melted butter. Beat well.

3. Stir in dry ingredients and beat until just combined. 

4. Grease skillet lightly w/butter. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake, flip with spatula when tops bubble slightly and edges are slightly dry. Cook until other side is golden brown. 2 minutes per side. 

This is the recipe as written but I do some things differently.  I use a nonstick griddle so I don't add any extra butter to cook with.  I certainly don't cool my butter down after melting it (come on now who does that?). I also add less sugar and a little more pumpkin (I love pumpkin) they still taste great. I don't premix the dry ingredients (and have lived to tell about it). The batter tends to be a little dry for me so I usually add a little milk to loosen it up. I've also been known to sprinkle a little wheat germ in when no one is looking (ha!). Beware - They definitely do need to be cooked a little more than traditional pancakes. 

And what to do with the leftover pumpkin??? I get a few small zip loc baggies and put in 1/4 cup pumpkin & the 2 tbs butter in each. I then freeze the baggies and pull one out to defrost in the microwave the next time I make them. 

Here's breakfast! Little bear pumpkin pancakes. Yum!


  1. wow those look and taste good i never knew such a thing existed i wish i could try some i have never seen canned pumpkin before tho!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Strawberry ~ never seen canned pumpkin? how do you make pumpkin pie! lol

  3. Thanks for the recipe, I never know what to make with pumpkin. I think I will definitely try this.

  4. oh my gosh ilena, these are soooo cute! i want to make pumpkin pancakes too! i'm coming over me some ok! and we'll play snow in the garden too with the kids! xxx

  5. The snow looks beautiful... almost magical when its freshly fallen :) although the novelty soon wears off... we had quite a lot here a few weeks ago which is quite unusal for the UK... get a few inches and everything comes to a standstill... today looks like spring is approaching though. Last year was our first year at growing our own veg... just a few things, so this year we're hoping to expand too, we'll have to keep swaping notes :)

  6. I've heard of them but the recipe I tried didn't work. :( I'll have to give this one a shot.
    The little bears look so adorable!

  7. yummy!!! Glad I found this blog and recipe, Love pancakes and pumpkin!!