pumpkin spice pancakes

November 14, 2009

Nothing shouts “autumn!” like the flavour of pumpkin and all the spices in these pancakes. Pumpkin is so very quintessentially American to me. We have them in England, that’s true but we don’t have Thanksgiving and we don’t get into Halloween in the same spirit as America. Plus canned pumpkin may be available at home (British readers?) but it’s by no means as easy to come by or popular.

Anything pumpkin-flavoured just puts me in the mood for the holidays and these pancakes, inspired by Annie’s Eats, were the perfect November morning breakfast fare.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (original recipe here):


1¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger
Dash of ground cloves
1 cup milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tbsp. vegetable oil or melted butter


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and spices and stir with a fork to combine.

  • Mix together the milk, pumpkin puree, egg and oil or butter in a liquid measuring cup. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together just until combine. (The batter may still have a few lumps – that is okay.)

  • Preheat the oven to 200° F. Have an oven safe plate or serving dish ready. Heat a greased skillet or griddle over medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add a 1/3 cup scoop of batter to the pan. Let cool until bubbles begin to form on the top surface. Carefully flip with a spatula and cook the second side until golden brown, a couple minutes more.
  • Serve with cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and/or whipped cream.

I had mine with cinnamon sugar and maple syrup and they were pretty great if I do say so myself. Such a seasonal recipe with the nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger really coming through – they would be perfect for Thanksgiving morning or a late night supper. Yum!

What would your breakfast ode to Autumn be?

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Food Makes Fun Fuel November 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

That definitely made me drool right there


VeggieGirl November 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Your ode is my pick! :)


joyofood November 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

The only time I've seen pumpkins being sold in the UK is around Halloween, mind you I've never really looked for them any other time. I should look next time I go grocery shopping.



tray November 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

okay, i think the food gods are trying to tell me something- everyone keeps making pumpkin pancakes!


Susan November 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I hate to say this, but I can't stand pumpkin!! Okay, that's not true, I like pumpkin pie. But canned pumpkin makes me gag, and I think it makes everything bland and mushy :( Those pancakes DO look delicious though. Perhaps I'm just not eating it right ;)

Perfect autumn breakfast is leftover Thanksgiving pie eaten for breakfast the next day with a slice of cheddar. Pie for breakfast is one of my favourite treats! :D


Holly November 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm

in love with those pancakes. that's my ode.


Gab* November 14, 2009 at 3:39 pm

We eat a fair bit of pumpkin here in Australia but it's almost always in things like pumpkin soup, roast pumpkin, in salads (eg pumpkin, rocket & chickpea) we definitely don't have it in sweet stuff as much as Americans. Although, people sometimes use it in fruit cakes…

My autumn breakfast would be porridge (oatmeal), it's usually far too hot here in summer to eat it but I really like it so it definitely makes an appearance once the weather starts to cool down a bit.


Jenny November 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm

m'mmm those pancakes capture the most delicious essences of autumn :) very appropriate!


K from ksgoodeats November 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm

That looks absolutely fantastic and, what do you know, I have an open can of pumpkin in my refrigerator ;)


Jenn November 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Look great! I substitute pumpkin for the egg&oil;/butter in my waffles. Awesome healthy switcheroo.

Bet you don't need the egg and oil in yours, just add a bit more pumpkin to get the right consistency!


Taylor November 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Yummy! Pumpkin pancakes are my fave :-) Yours look so beautiful.


elise November 14, 2009 at 5:58 pm

talk about getting me in season! yum :)


brandi November 14, 2009 at 6:47 pm

goodness, those pancakes look perfect! I love pumpkin in oatmeal with dark chocolate on top :)

the healthiest way to start the day? probably not. but it's delicious!


ohonemorething November 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Oh my gosh! I was going to make pumpkin French toast for breakfast tomorrow. I will make pumpkin pancakes next :D Definitely adding to my recipe list.

Anything with pumpkin would be my breakfast ode to Autumn. Perhaps with a berry compote as well :D


BroccoliHut November 14, 2009 at 11:23 pm

These look fantastic! I am always in search of a good pumpkin pancake recipe, as I have never been satisfied with the results of others. Yours just may do the trick!
My ode to autumn would be my recent oatmeal creation: oats cooked in pumpkin and almond milk, topped with homemade cranberry sauce and hazelnuts!


Kirsten November 15, 2009 at 6:27 am

Those look delicious! When I was abroad I used to STALK canned pumpkin. There was one shop in Dublin where I could get it and it was like 4 Euro a can. I am so happy to be home this year and stock up :)


Emily (The Experimentarian) November 15, 2009 at 7:24 am

I actually made pumpkin pancakes the other day! My little sister in law requested them for her birthday dinner. BFD–whoo hoo! I think my perfect ode to fall would be some gooey pumpkin oats swirled with peanut butter and sliced banana. I don't eat oatmeal a lot in the warmer months, so the return of a hot breakfast would herald the fall in beautifully. Have a great Sunday! xoxo


Katie November 15, 2009 at 9:42 am

Oooh you hit it on the head! Those look a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I think I will have to whip some up for breakfast this morning. My ode to Autumn would probably something with cranberries – maybe I will have to create something this week.


Thinspired November 16, 2009 at 3:58 am

Indeed, canned pumpkin is so hard to find here! I have only found Libby's at the Whole Foods in London, and just this weekend Ellie (Inside I'm Still Dancing) told me that there is a generic brand at Waitrose. I went and bought two cans, but it's 30% squash! Best I can do ;)
I might use a little bit of my precious pumpkin on these pancakes, though. Do you think I could use WW flour?


Jen (Running With Cake) November 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Hello Angharad! In the US, the "Christmas season" usually starts the day after Thanksgiving (although it seems to start much earlier than that in stores!). When does the official Christmas or holiday season seem to start in England?


Janetha November 17, 2009 at 4:41 pm

those look incredible! you have such a knack for making gorgeous food. seriously. i have never dusted sugar on pancakes but doesn't it look awesome? yes, janetha.. it does. oook good talk.

i miss you angharad. i feel like i haven't rambled on your blog in AGES!

how are you? how is danno? and the two little lovelies?!



lilveggiepatch.com November 19, 2009 at 8:25 am

YUM, pumpkin pancakes are my FAVORITE! There's a bed and breakfast my dad and I used to go to on the drive home from Minnesota, and the owner always made them for us, no matter the time of year!


christina- MINDFUL LIVING November 20, 2009 at 7:31 pm

these pancakes look great….perhaps ill try these soon!


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