Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon-Pear Compote

I whipped up these pancakes this past weekend while my sister was visiting. She mentioned that she had roasted a pumpkin and used the puree for a number of things - pumpkin gnocchi (I will have to attempt this later), pumpkin pie, and pumpkin pancakes. While I didn't have time to roast a pumpkin in time to make this recipe (I used canned pure pumpking puree), you could make your own pumpkin puree by taking the stem off of a sugar or cinderella pumpkin, cutting it in half, roasting it at 350 degrees for about an hour and a half, and then scooping out the insides into a food processor or blender to puree. You can also freeze the puree for up to six months.

This recipe would be great for a Thanksgiving breakfast, or for any time in the fall or winter. I used my favorite, easy pancake recipe which uses ingredients I normally always have on hand - whole wheat and regular flour, baking soda & powder, eggs, and honey, and just added pureed pumpkin and some spices. They were so delicious and we gobbled them down so fast that I didn't remember to take a picture!

Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon-Pear Compote
Serves 4 (3 pancakes each)

Dry ingredients:
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. kosher salt
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg

Wet ingredients:
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. low fat milk (add up to a 1/4 c. more if it seems too thick)
2 T. honey
1/2 c. pumpkin puree - fresh or canned

For the pear compote:
4 pear halves (canned - without added sweetener - or fresh and very ripe), cut into thin slices
1 T. butter
1 T. pure maple syrup
1/2 t. cinnamon
small pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, using a whisk or fork. With a separate whisk, combine the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk just until combined.

Heat the butter over medium-low heat in a small skillet. Add the pears stir, then add the maple syrup, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occassionally, until the pancakes are ready, reducing to a low simmer if they are well softened before the pancakes are ready.

Meanwhile, ladle the pancake batter using a 1/4 c. measure onto a heated griddle. Cook in batches, transferring the finished pancakes to a sheet pan or serving dish in the oven to stay warm. Serve topped with the pear compote, maple syrup, and butter (if desired).

Happy Thanksgiving!

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