Halloween is a big event on our little island. Saturday was pumpkin carving outside the local bakery, and hayrides through town. Halloween day the vendors in town will greet the children trick or treating with goodies, the grocery store will be decorated outrageously (the meat dept being my favorite), and the Odd Fellows Hall will host the dance of the year (no one would dare show up without a costume).
So in the spirit of Halloween, jack-o-lanterns, falling autumn leaves, and cool crisp morning air – I woke up with pumpkin pancakes haunting my senses. I could smell them on the griddle, taste the pumpkin cinnamon flavor and melting butter… Last weekend I made a gluten-free pumpkin loaf cake which left me with about 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin – just what I need for pancakes.
Recently I received a very thoughtful birthday gift, Ad Hoc Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix developed exclusively for William-Sonoma. The taste and texture is delicious and each box contains 2 mix packets which yield 4 traditional waffles or 8 Belgian waffles or pancakes. They are easy to prepare – just add milk, butter and eggs… and 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (canned or fresh), 1/2 cup chopped pecans, and some cinnamon for pumpkin pancakes. My dairy tolerance is low so I add almond milk to the mix, but beware the mix does have milk powder in it.
Two other gluten-free pancake mixes I like are Pamela’s Products Ultimate Baking & Pancake Mix and Arrowhead Mills Wild Rice Pancake/Waffle Mix Wheat-Free (vegan free). Both are flexible to substitutions and I often add pumpkin or applesauce for moisture and natural sweetness, blueberries, chopped nuts, cinnamon or ginger. Easy to have fun with pancakes, and gluten-free pancake mixes are great gifts and good for traveling – easy to take along when you head to grandma’s or go on vacation.
What are your favorite pancakes?