We sent Gren ahead of us to Ottawa a week before we moved, so he wouldn’t get stressed out during the chaos of moving. But in the days following his departure, we kept finding ourselves looking for him, or expecting him to suddenly appear. We kept having to remind ourselves we would see him shortly, but it was still sad. Anyway, you all know that we feed Gren pumpkin regularly to keep him, well, regular. After he left, I had almost a full can sitting around, so we decided to use up the last of our flour and whip ourselves up some pumpkin pancakes for breakfast one day. Not very seasonal for August, but they were darned tasty anyway.
Turn your oven on to 250°F and chuck in a heatsafe dish (this will keep your cooked pancakes warm until it’s time to eat).
In a bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour (or a gluten-free equivalent), 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. If you have pumpkin pie spice on hand, that will do instead of measuring out all the other spices. If you’re feeling lazy. I also added in 1/4 cup sweetened desiccated coconut, for texture.
In another bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups milk, 3/4 cup pumpkin purée, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 egg, and a drop each of vanilla extract and coconut extract (optional).
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones. The batter will be pretty thick.
Scoop about 1/3 cup of the batter into a heated pan and cook for however long it takes for you to be happy with the consistency of your pancakes. These ones are pretty thick so it took a while at medium heat. The batter makes about 12 pancakes.
Serve with butter and maple syrup, or whatever else floats your boat. LIKE BACON.