Wednesday, October 10, 2007

More Pumpkin Love

Every year about this time we’d head on out to pick some pumpkins, then go home to spread newspaper over the table and make a huge, goopy mess. We loved to use patterns from the Pumpkinmasters books, though I have to say we kept them pretty simple. Their website has 3 free patterns to print out, and they also have a variety of pumpkin recipes. The Better Homes and Gardens site also has a Pumpkin Stencil Maker, but you have to register {quick and easy} to use it.



We can’t seem to get enough pumpkin around here. I experimented with our usual Krusteaz pancake mix and some pumpkin, cinnamon and vanilla and made some quick, yummy pumpkin pancakes. This is what they look like after my little piggies dive into them, and here’s how they were done:



Quick Pumpkin Pancakes



4 ½ cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 cups water
1 tsp. Vanilla
½ small can pumpkin (about 1 cup)
Stir dry mix and cinnamon together, then add other ingredients. Try not to over mix or the cakes might be a little tough. This makes a very large batch, about 2 dozen very dense pancakes. We usually have some leftovers that I freeze for quick breakfasts.


We ate these with some of this:
Cider Syrup
1 c. sugar
2 T. corn starch
½ tsp. Pumpkin pie spice, or ¼ tsp. each cinnamon and nutmeg, and a dash of cloves
2 c. apple juice
2 T lemon juice
¼ c. butter


Mix sugar, corn starch and spices in a sauce pan. Add juices and butter. Heat and boil for 1 minute.
That’s it!


Now, don’t get me wrong, these are yummy with just plain old maple syrup. But if you really want a taste of Autumn, and you have a few minutes while the pancakes are cooking, cook up some Cider Syrup. This is another recipe from my Aunt Ramona. I remember visiting when I was a youngster and her kids would beg for pumpkin pancakes and cider syrup. Well, I cheated on the “homemade” pancakes, but the syrup is the original.



This post is part of the Winter Bazaar.
{Yeah, around here Winter is usually Bizarre}

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5 comments:

Callista said...

I must say although I like pumpkin pie, I'm not wild about other pumpkin flavoured foods. This sounds interesting though.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

We love making different syrups for pancake meals at our house. Thank you SO much for the cider syrup recipe. I can't wait to try it out.

My Ice Cream Diary said...

We love making different syrups for pancake meals at our house. Thank you SO much for the cider syrup recipe. I can't wait to try it out.

Scribbit said...

And the cider syrup just makes it look amazing--I'm definitely going to try this.

Me and Them said...

Yum yum yummy! We're crazy about pumpkins too. Thanks for the recipe and I'm jumping on the band wagon...cider syrup this saturday!

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