It’s an interesting turn of events really because I was never a real big pancake eater. I ate them and liked them well enough but I didn’t seek them out or love them. My mom would make pancakes from a boxed mix and make them into small silver dollar size rounds.
When I started making pancakes for myself and Scott over a decade ago (holy cow!), I did it the same way my mom did. Then I gave up on pancakes for a while and didn’t really pay much attention to them anymore.
Until now. Now I cannot get enough of the fluffy goodness. I’ve learned that you don’t have to use a box mix. Heck, you don’t even need eggs, milk, or butter to make them!
A few simple ingredients can yield yourself a great pancake. I have found that I really like using cornmeal in pancakes. It makes them a little fluffier and lighter to me.
With this being Pumpkin Month what better time to create a fall and pumpkin inspired pancake!
Andrea’s Pumpkin Cider Corn Cakes
- 1 1/2C Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/2C Cornmeal
- 1/2C Pumpkin puree
- 2C Apple cider
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 2TBSP Sugar
- 2tsp Vanilla Extract
In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, baking soda, and cinnamon. Whisk together until everything is incorporated. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the cider, pumpkin, and vanilla. Whisk that together until blended and then gently pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture. Stir to combine.
On a preheated and greased griddle, drop a large spoonful of batter onto the griddle. Spread out the batter a bit with a spoon and allow to cook about 4 minutes or until you start to see bubbles popping up in the middle. Flip and let the other side cook for about another 2-3 minutes. You can stick a toothpick in the pancake to double check it’s done.
Remove from griddle, plate up and serve immediately!
I like a lot of toppings on my pancakes! The cider along with the cornmeal helps keep these pancakes light and fluffy. They puff up a good bit as they cook but don’t let that fool you into thinking you are going to have a huge stack of cakes. Once flipped they drop down, so don’t worry!
They also brown up a great deal which makes them look burnt, but they are not, just tasty!
Make them big or make them small, just be sure to make some because they are a lovely tasty treat!
Have fun guys, and remember, always play with your food! Enjoy!