Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Morning Pumpkin Pancakes

Fall is definitely here in Northwest Ohio. The weather has cooled, the foliage is changing colors, and it is pumpkin season. Every restaurant in the area is offering pumpkin bread, muffins, pancakes, and pie this time of year. But to me, there is nothing better than making these delicious baked goods at home with my family. Sunday is usually our slow to get around day, and pancakes are often on the breakfast menu. This morning I surprised everyone with my pumpkin pancakes and vanilla cream cheese glaze. They were more than satisfied! The pancakes were so light, fluffy, and moist with the perfect hint of pumpkin and spice. The glaze complimented the pumpkin favor and added just enough sweetness. I have a feeling these will be requested often ;)
Want to make these easy pumpkin pancakes? Here is my semi-homemade recipe:

ChaCha's Pumpkin Pancakes

3 cups store bought pancake mix (I use the "Just add water" buttermilk mix)
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (This is a mix of spices available in spice section)
*use more or less to adjust your spice preference
2 cups of water
3/4 cup of canned pumpkin (not pie filling)

Vanilla cream cheese glaze *recipe below

Heat your griddle pan or large skillet on medium high. Mix dry pancake mix, spice, and water until blended. Add more water if necessary for desired consistency. You do not want a thin batter, but easy to pour. Add pumpkin to batter and mix together.
Lightly spray bottom of griddle pan and pour batter to make about 4 inch pancakes. Flip when bubbles form and pop on top of the pancake. Remove when bottoms are golden. Top with the vanilla cream cheese glaze or warm maple syrup. ENJOY!!

Vanilla Cream Cheese Glaze
2 Tablespoons room temperature cream cheese
1 cup of powdered sugar
4 -5 tablespoons of warm milk (to get desired glaze consistency)
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Wisk all ingredients together, use more or less milk to achieve a thin glaze.

What is your favorite fall recipe that you like to make for your family? Please share in the comments below, I would love to know!

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