Spice Up your Fall, and your Breakfast!

Pumpkin spice is the essential fall flavor, and I for one wholeheartedly embrace it. Every fall, I make it a point to make thisPumpkin Spice Syrup, by Port City Foodies blogger Paul Stephen. (I left out the star anise as I didn’t have any on hand, and also used ground cloves and cardamom rather than whole. Just make sure you strain it well) I then try to determine how many recipes I can make to incorporate both the pumpkin spice syrup, and all the leftover pumpkin I always have afterwards. More on the leftover pumpkin to come, but as for the Pumpkin Spice Syrup, today’s creation was Pumpkin Spice & Walnut Pancakes.

Pumpkin Spice Pancake Recipe

Pumpkin Spice & Walnut Pancakes(makes approx 5-6 pancakes)

Ingredients:

~1 Cup Pancake Mix (I use Krusteaz)

~1/2 Cup Water

~1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg, ground

~1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground

~2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Spice Syrup plus 2 Tablespoons for Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup

~2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup plus 3 Tablespoons for Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup

~2 Tablespoons Butter plus 2 Tablespoons at room temp for greasing pan

~2 Tablespoons leftover pumpkin from Spice Syrup* When you make the pumpkin spice syrup, you will have pieces of pumpkin that were stewed in the syrup. Mash that with a fork when you strain the syrup, and save for this (and to put on Quinoa!)

~1/2 Cup Walnuts, chopped

Preheat frying pan over medium-high heat. Put pancake mix, water, nutmeg, cinnamon, 2 T Pumpkin Spice Syrup, and 2 T Maple Syrup into mixing bowl, and whisk until well combined. Add butter to the pan and melt, then pour pancake batter into frying pan. Sprinkle chopped walnuts onto the pancakes, and when bubbles start to appear, flip. Let cook for about a minute more on other side, and then remove from pan. Cook in batches until batter is used up.

In the meantime, mix leftover pumpkin with 2T of room temperature butter to create a pumpkin spice butter to put on pancakes.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine remaining Pumpkin Spice Syrup and Maple Syrup. Microwave for 45 seconds to create Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup.

When pancakes are ready, top each pancake in stack with Pumpkin Spice Butter, and drizzle the Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup over the top. Enjoy with a cup of coffee, and some bacon :]