Pumpkin Pancakes

There are two words that I think are the most beautiful words in the world. They’re not “I do”, “Pay raise”, or “Free samples”. Pumpkin pancakes are, in fact, the most beautiful things in my world..

Pumpkin pancakes are life. They literally give you life and the energy you need to do things (thank you ATP). I will crave pancakes if I go too long without them, and I consider them to be a healthier alternative to heroin. Because it’s pumpkin season, I really wanted to try and find some pumpkin pancakes to satisfy my taste buds. Of course I knew the best place to find these would be at Pumpkin Joe’s – a store more commonly called Trader Joe’s from December to August. Pumpkin Joe’s has every pumpkin related food you can crunch, chew, or sip. That’s where I found the pumpkin pancake mix that changed my life.

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One cup of mix makes about 6 to 8 pancakes. When I first looked at my measuring cup I didn’t think it would be enough but trust me, it’s enough for two people. Place the dry mix into a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together 2 Tablespoons of melted butter, 3/4 cup of milk, and 1 egg and pour into the dry mix. Mix lightly, until the large lumps disappear but don’t overmix! You want fluffy pancakes, don’t you?

Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in a skillet. I set my oven to medium-low heat, because it heats very quickly and anything higher than that would have resulted in sad, burnt pancakes. Set it just high enough for the butter to melt and sizzle, but not much higher. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the skillet. I let my first pancake cook for about one minute per side, but the other pancakes will cook slightly more quickly. You know the pancake is ready to be flipped when bubbles begin to break through the top, particularly in the center, and the sides look cooked and firm. Watch it carefully! Don’t turn your pancakes into sad cakes.

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I find that cooking your pancakes on a buttered skillet makes them more golden brown and tasty, so I always melt another tablespoon of butter in a skillet after each pancake. When finished, transfer your pancakes onto serving plates and drizzle them with the sugar of your choosing. I like to use honey because it’s nature’s natural sweetener 🙂

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