Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin pride (and pancakes)

Happy Halloween, everyone!

I'm geekily excited for our first Halloween in our house tonight. Bring it on, cute kiddos! I hope I have enough candy for you. You'll be greeted with a scary jack o'lantern and a happy jack o'lantern. Your parents will be greeted with this, our "Wow, who is that cool couple and just how much do I want to be friends with them?" jack o'lantern:


(sort of)

Speaking of pumpkins, here's a recipe you've got to make asap. Since it's Monday, that might mean you're waiting until Saturday to make it, but honestly, don't wait any longer than that.

I'm historically not a pancake person - too heavy, and not nearly as fun as the crispiness of a good waffle. These pancakes, though, are changing my tune entirely. I think the difference comes in separating the eggs, then beating the egg whites before folding them into the batter last. It's a technique I'll use for all pancakes going forward. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pancakes
Adapted from Bon Appetit, found here

Serves 2, double for more

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (if you don't have any, using 1/2 cup all-purpose flour is fine)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, pumpkin puree, egg yolks, melted butter, and vanilla extract together, mixing well until smooth.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing with a spatula until just combined.
4. In another small bowl, using an electric hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat the egg whites until thick and stiff.
5. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake batter, mixing until smooth.
6. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat.
7. Lightly spray the pan with cooking spray, and, in 1/4-cup increments, cook each pancake until lightly browned on each side, about 1 minute per side.
8.  Repeat with the remaining batter.
9.  Top with your favorite syrup, and enjoy!


  1. Those pancakes look delicious and I'm loving the pumpkin!

  2. i hope you guys have a better group of trick or treaters than us! we always get a bratty teenager (or ten), barely in costume that takes way too much candy. my sister had a homeless man last year.

    your pumpkin is awesome though!

  3. aw! I can't wait till we aren't in apartment land anymore and can have a house to decorate for the trick-o-treaters (and pumpkins to display!!!)- fingers crossed for hallow's eve '12!


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