Pumpkin Pancakes with Bacon Walnut Maple Syrup

The name got you, didn't it? It's fall so anything with pumpkin is a must-have and throw in bacon and even vegans want it (Sorry vegans, you know you do.) I have been craving pumpkin pancakes for a while and I am not a pancake person.  When my little cousin visited me a couple of weeks ago she wanted pancakes, so, I bought a box of Aunt Jemima complete mix (Judge if you must, that's her fave.) After she had two servings from the box I was left with the remaining mix.  The next obvious thing for me to do was buy a can of pumpkin puree and experiment. After several attempts I concocted a recipe that was perfect for me.  I like my pancakes small and a little dense. (If you like big fluffy pancakes you probably won't like these...but there's bacon so keep reading.)

Here's what you need for Pumpkin Pancake: (2-4 small servings)

Heat large nonstick skillet or griddle to medium heat.  Lightly grease the pan or skillet. (I use a paper towel and vegetable oil but you can use cooking spray.  I never buy the stuff.) Combine water, pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl and whisk until combined. Whisk in pancake mix. The mixture should be runny. Use about 2 tablespoons of mix per pancake -- anything more and you'll have problems because of the density of the mix. Pancakes will have about a two inch diameter. Cook through on one side until bubbles form in the center of the pancake. Flip and cook until done.

Here's What You Need for Bacon Walnut Syrup Topping:

In a skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and cut into tiny pieces. Drain the pan, wipe clean and add back about a 1/2 tablespoon of bacon fat.  Turn stove to medium low heat. Toss in walnuts, cook for about a minute . Add bacon pieces and quickly combine. Turn off the heat and add maple syrup, a dash of pumpkin pie spice, stir and quickly pour into serving bowl. Spoon desired amount over stacked pancakes and eat immediately.

I must warn you, you will feel the urge to call all your friends and exclaim at the awesomeness of these pancake. I did. :)




Posted on September 26, 2014 and filed under Recipe.