Monday, September 21, 2009

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

Did you feel it? Summer has slipped away and Fall is creeping in to take its place. If you're looking to enjoy the last day of summer, look elsewhere!! I'm in a autumnal state of mind. I love the change of seasons not just because of the change in weather but also because it signals a change of flavors in cooking as well. Each season brings with it new flavors and it's own seasonal produce to enjoy and savor. When I think of Fall, visions of pumpkin, apple and spice dance in my head. I've been anticipating all sorts of wonderful things; pumpkin or apple or pecan pies, or maybe roasting marshmallows over a fire while wearing a sweater.
Oh wait... I live in the deep South. Although the temps have dropped from the scorching mid 90's to the balmy low 80's, we're nowhere near sweater and fire weather. Oh well I guess it's time to crank down the air conditioning, turn on the coffee pot, grab a sweater and pretend!  I couldn't wait any longer so I made these pumpkin apple pancakes as sort of a celebration of all the things I love about Fall.

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbl milled flax seed
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp canola oil
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup peeled, diced apple

Whisk flour, sugar, flax, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Combine egg, oil, milk, apple and pumpkin in a small bowl. Stir pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients. Let  stand for five minutes. While you let the batter stand make the caramelized apples.
Scoop about 1/3 cup of batter on to a hot griddle or nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Turn pancakes when bubbles appear and edges are cooked, after about 2 minutes. Cook for about 1 1/2 minutes on second side.  Top with caramelized apples and warm maple syrup.

Caramelized Apples 

1 apple, sliced thin
2 Tbl. butter
2 Tbl. brown sugar
Melt butter in a skillet. Add brown sugar and apple slices. Cook stirring occasionally until apples are soft and slightly golden, about 8 minutes.
(Print Recipe)


VeggieGirl said...

Hey, enjoy that warm weather - it's 50°F here!! Brr, haha.

Lovely "welcome, fall season" pancakes!!

Krystal L. Baker said...

Well, that solves the question of what to have for breakfast tomorrow! :) These look great, anything with apple gets a thumbs-up from me!

Eliana said...

Even though I am no where near ready for fall, I'm sooo ready for these delicious looking pancakes.

pityenlacocina said...

what a wonderful idea, it really looks delicious, good job!

cheers from london,


Kelly @ EvilShenanigans said...

Yum! Once it gets cooler in Texas I am SO making that. How lovely and comforting!

Bellini Valli said...

Once apples are ready in the orchards the cooler weather seems to come on pretty fast, perfect for having warming and comforting pancakes like this.

Anonymous said...

Perfect autumn pancakes! I love both pumpkin and apple flavors here! Yum!

Jennifer said...

These are the perfect Autumn pancakes!!!

apparentlyjessy said...

Wow, that is a pretty special recipe! I like the sound of pumpkin pancakes with apples, delicious flavour combination! I must bookmark this to try someday!

Grace said...

these really do scream HELLO FALL, which is happy and sad at the same time. mostly happy. :)

Anonymous said...

mmmm pancakes!
never thought of using pumpkin in them.
awesome idea.
apples and pumpkin sounds brilliant for breakfast!
looks delicious :) bookmarking this!

deb@accessoryalamode said...

With 4 kids, I am always looking for a new breakfast recipe and this is perfect for the autumn season or any season for that matter. They look devine! Thank you for sharing!

Helene said...

Your caramelized apples are so nice. This is so a great way to enjoy pancakes.

Celeste said...

Mmm...pumpkin + apple = 2 of my very favorite fall flavors...this recipe looks and sounds SO wonderful!

Peabody said...

Mmm, so Fall like, I love it. What a great breakfast treat.

Karine said...

These pancakes look to be full of flavors! And to serve them with caramelized apples must be a great combo!

HereBeDragons said...

Great idea! I actually made some pumpkin pancakes (out of Trader Joe's pumpkin pancake mix) on Saturday and some apple walnut pancakes on Sunday. But I never would have thought to combine the two. Perhaps next weekend!