But, a girl can pretend.
My favorite way to pretend fall is in the air is to cook up tasty pumpkin treats for my family. Muffins, cookies, fancy desserts, and pancakes regularly make appearances in my kitchen starting this time of year through about February or March. Oh, who am I kidding? I make pumpkin muffins/bread year-round.
I'm sure many of you eat pumpkin pancakes. I'm also sure many of you want to eat pumpkin pancakes. So let me do the google work for you. After experimenting with several recipes, this one rose to the top as my family's favorite.
I always double it for three reasons. First, my kids eat a lot. Second, a double recipe gives us enough for breakfast the next morning. Pop them in the toaster and ta-daaa! Third, I prefer to use a whole can of pumpkin rather than just one cup. Often I would end up throwing away whatever was left in the can because it would spoil and I hate throwing food away.
2 c flour (I use mostly whole wheat and add flax meal)
3 TBLS brown sugar (I cut this in half because syrup is sweet enough)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin (make a double or be good at using what is left.)
2 TBLS oil (I use olive oil)
2 TBLS vinegar
Mix wet ingredients then add it to the dry mixture. Then griddle them up!
I love the color of pumpkin batter.
Wow! Look at those cakes of awesomeness.
While your at it, you should just go ahead and make your own syrup. Why pour carmel color, high fructose corn syrup, or preservatives all over your homemade goodness? It is so easy to make. One cup of sugar to 1/2 cup of water makes enough for my family. I cook it until it bubbles clear and then add a a teaspoon of maple flavor. If you don't want to make syrup at least splurge and buy real maple syrup.
A giant stack of fall on a plate. That's right. Even though there are a ton of pancakes. It is only two breakfasts worth for all my little piggies.
I like mine topped with chopped pecans. Oh my goodness. Fall in my mouth. If you are going to pretend you might as well pretend with food!
Happy autumn to you! What is your favorite part of fall? Do you do anything special to pretend it is almost here?