Happy First day of Fall!!
You guys know how excited I've been about fall - and now I can indulge in all the typical seasonal things without getting eye rolls from people who haven't wanted to let go of summer.
I'll probably still get eye rolls, but thats ok.
I LOVE the crisp air (although its gotten a little warmer this week). I love that my walks with the dogs are becoming more and more colourful and that my house is filled with the smells and tastes of pumpkins, squash and other comforting things. Not to mention the clothing. So much goodness.
I decided to celebrate the first day of my very favourite season with some pumpkin pancakes - which I used to make by dumping a little bit of pumpkin into my regular batter - seems pretty lame now. But now I use this recipe from Alice's Tea Cup, an amazing little restaurant in NYC.
New York is one of my favourite places ever, so it just seemed right.
All of this thinking and talking about fall and New York has led to me watching You've Got Mail for the millionth time by the way - this day is turning out to be pretty damn great so far! But I do feel the urge to go buy a large package of pencils for my desk.
Anyway, Peter loves these pancakes, he says they taste like pumpkin spice lattes but in pancake form! Win! So here's what you need;
- 2 teaspoon of orange spice tea (Indian black tea with orange peel) optional
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspooons baking soda
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 3/4 stick unsalted butter (6 tablespoons)
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups of canned pure pumpkin
1. Start by melting the butter, grinding the tea leaves (unless they are already fine) and beating the eggs slightly.
2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
3. Add the wet ingredients one at a time, mixing each one into the batter before adding the next (Use a spatula, not a whisk). When you've added everything let it sit for 15 minutes. Mix again, and let it sit for 15 minutes more.
4. Add a little butter to a griddle or large frying pan over medium heat, when it begins to sizzle, use about half of a soup ladle of batter to create your pancakes! (or 1/4 of a cup). When it bubbles, approx 2 minutes - flip and cook for another 2 minutes (makes about 16-18).
And thats it! Enjoy with maple syrup - the real stuff though.
These were so tasty and really filling, so we had tonnes of leftovers, which I froze for future use. I'm always for recipes that save me work in the precious morning hours before I've had coffee - as is Peter.
By the way - I usually reserve my little decorative woodland creatures for my christmas decor, but i found this little guy at Walmart for $1 and I couldn't resist. How cute is he?!
I hope you all have a day filled with happiness and your favourite things!