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Gluten-free pumpkin pancake recipe

It's fun to make pancakes into the shape of pumpkins
It's fun to make pancakes into the shape of pumpkinsA. Fothergill

If you live in the Bay area, you know pumpkins are in great abundance in the fall. Even if you don't roast them yourself, pumpkin-themed recipes are as ubitquous to the bay area as clam chowder is to New England. To figureatively put the frosting on the cake, if you are eating gluten-free, don't worry, this recipe is easy and delicious. Get out the cinnamon and the cloves...it's time to make pancakes!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

1 ¾ cups milk (you can substitute soy or rice)

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 egg

3 tablespoons natural cane sugar or sucanat

1 cup pumpkin puree (about 1/2 of a can)

2 tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups gluten-free flour mix

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice

  1. Start by mixing the vinegar and milk (this makes buttermilk which helps with the leavening) in a glass measuring cup. Allow this to sit together for at least 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg briefly then add sugar, pumpkin, oil, vanilla, and milk. Mix together.
  3. In a large bowl, with a whisk, mix dry ingredients: flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove.
  4. At this point, turn griddle to 425ºF or medium to medium high.
  5. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir. Look at the batter. If it does not pour from the ladle, add either water or milk (about 2 Tbl at a time). Stir until consistency is correct.
  6. Before you pour batter onto the griddle, place a few drops of water on the griddle. It should “dance” around. If it doesn’t, it’s not hot enough.
  7. Once the griddle is hot enough, pour batter (about ½ cup at a time). Cook the first side for about 3-4 minutes or until the top just starts to bubble and begins to look dry. Then turn it over. The top should look medium-golden brown. Cook the second side for another 3-4 minutes.The center of the pancakes should be fluffy. If it looks doughy, cook longer.
  8. To make pancakes into a pumpkin shape, pour a circle and then a stem.

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