Imagine getting up each morning and having breakfast made for you. And I don't mean cold milk on cold cereal. No dishes to wash, either. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
That's Holly Miller's life. She has moved into the Sugar Maple Inn on Wagtail Mountain, and one of the perks is breakfast in the inn's dining room. When she sees pumpkin pancakes with chocolate chips on someone's plate, how could she possibly pass it up? She feels a little guilty but it's okay, she eats healthier fare on other days.
These pancakes are chock full of seasonal flavors. Originally, I used half the spice measurements in the pancakes but my tasters all agreed they wanted more spices. Of course, you can adjust them or even omit anything your family doesn't love.
The chocolate chips are surprisingly delicious. They're melting inside the pancakes and add just the right note for a thoroughly decadent breakfast (or dinner, we won't tell!).
In general, I believe that one can never have too much chocolate. But in these pancakes, I find 5 - 8 chocolate chips per pancake are about right, depending on the size of the pancake. You can stir them all in or, if you're serving pancakes with and without chocolate, then do what I prefer and drop the chocolate chips on the individual pancakes.
If you have dogs, they can have a bite or two of a pancake without chocolate. Don't give them too much, though, especially not a pancake that is greasy.
1 12/ cups flour
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup pumpkin
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup chocolate chips (OMIT FOR DOGS!!!)
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir in the other ingredients. Grease a griddle or a pan. Add some batter and spread with the back of a spoon. Cook until puffed, flip, and cook other side. Serve with butter and maple syrup.
|Plain pumpkin pancakes|
|Melting chocolate chips!|
|Coming December 2nd!|