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
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
- 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.
- In a small bowl, beat egg briefly then add sugar, pumpkin, oil, vanilla, and milk. Mix together.
- In a large bowl, with a whisk, mix dry ingredients: flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove.
- At this point, turn griddle to 425ºF or medium to medium high.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To make pancakes into a pumpkin shape, pour a circle and then a stem.