Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice

March 6, 2011

Last Sunday, I woke early to a rumbling tummy. What is new? Quiet as a mouse, I crept out of bed so as to let Ben sleep in a little – like normal people do on a Sunday.

Sitting by the window with my cup of hot water, I quietly pondered my options…

“Eggs? No, they won’t do – I feel like something with a little more of a kick.

Thick natural yoghurt with some sort of sweet, nutty, fruity topping? Possibly, although that won’t really satisfy Ben, I am sure of it.

Thick Dench toast with nut butter and tea? Lovely, but I think I can do better today.

Pancakes? Yes…precisely.”

As soon as I decided on pancakes, I new it would be a Joy-ous occasion. And so I grabbed my mac and opened up my folder entitled, ‘Joy the Baker recipes’. Here I have bookmarked countless, lustful recipes, many of which are for pancakes. From chai spiced buttermilk, to berry meyer lemon, to oatmeal cookie pancakes. Oh Joy…you’re such a gem.

Perhaps it was the chilly morning air, an all too early reminder that Summer was soon to leave us (did it ever really arrive?), that lead me to feel an instant connection with one particular recipe. And rather serendipitously, I happened to have all the ingredients on hand (besides one, but hey, I am sure Joy would encourage improvisation). “Yes. Perfect!”, I thought to myself.

And so into the kitchen I bounced, where I started to prepare the ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Pancakes. What better way to welcome the arrival of Autumn?

I had no ground ginger on hand (really? How could this be?) so I added in more of the other spices (and promptly amended the ‘no ground ginger’ situation on my next shopping trip). As I adore cinnamon, I enthusiastically added 1.5 teaspoons to the mixture. I doubled the amount of cloves, which I ground myself using my mortar and pestle, as I didn’t have pre-ground cloves. I was also generous with my nutmeg, and ended up adding more like 1/3 of a teaspoon. I like my spices.

I bought my canned pumpkin from USA Foods in Moorabbin. I may or may not have also emerged with Cookie Dough Pop Tarts for my brother, Jackson, and also some Reese’s Pieces. They don’t often have canned pumpkin in stock (it’s quite popular), so call ahead to avoid being disappointed! I have 4 cans left for more pumpkin goodness this Autumn. I can hardly wait. You could certainly steam and puree your own pumpkin, in place of the canned version.

The pancake mixture had such a lovely orange tinge to it, courtesy of the pumpkin.

Be careful not to over mix the batter!

I served the pancakes with cinnamon sugar (white sugar mixed with a pinch of cinnamon) and pure maple syrup. We also had T2 Blue Mountain Tea. I am loving this brew, with it’s refreshing hints of vanilla.

These beautiful golden pancakes smell delightfully like gingerbread. They are light and cheerful, while at the same time substantial, filling you with a lovely, lingering sense of warmth. The spice is pronounced yet delicate. I can’t recall a time when I have felt so content as I did after eating my little stack of pumpkin spice pancakes.

When Ben came to the table and saw his stack alongside the Sunday papers, he looked up, smiled at me and said, “this is great”…and it was. Life is good. And pumpkin spice pancakes make it even better.

Heidi xo

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  • deb March 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Heidi, they look good! I can almost taste them! I like using spices too. Thanks for the link to Joy the Baker, looks like a very cool site. cheers deb

  • Hannah March 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Yummo. Pumpkin spiced pancakes…they sound delicious 🙂 I had pancakes this morning for brekky, but wasn't as adventurous! And I see a little snapshot of "my day on a plate" from the paper…thats my favourite section! (haha)
    Hannah x

  • Merowyn March 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm


    I've never tried canned pumpkin before, does it have other things added to it?

  • Heidi March 6, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Deb – thank you! & you're welcome, it is a fabulous site!

    Hannah – I know, I love that section!! Trust us, no surprises there 🙂

    Merowyn – nope! Well it doesn't taste like it does, and the can just says "Ingredients: prepared pumpkin". I assume prepared means pureed??Libby's is the most popular US brand. They're mad for it over there.

    Heidi xo

  • Miss Kitty-Cat March 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Love it!! Makes me hungry for pancakes now!

    You can buy Libby's pumpkin with the spices already in it but I prefer to buy the plain pumpkin and add your own. I can be rather heavy handed on the cinnamon.

  • Hannah March 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I'm so, so envious! Why won't a company in Australia cotton on to the fact that many of us would *love* canned pumpkin? Cooking and pureeing your own doesn't always work, as the texture can vary so much. These look fabulous, Heidi, and have brought back my pumpkin cravings full force. Might just have to roast some butternut for dinner as a substitute 🙂

  • Laura Preston March 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Heidi, those pancakes look amazing! I love the sound of the spices with them as a combination too.

    Can't say the pumpkin in the tin looks too appetising, but I might have to try it.
    Do you have any other tips for how to use tinned pumpkin? I'm thinking pumpkin pasta dough would be incredible.

  • Michelle Chin March 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I'm not a huge fan of pancakes but I might just change my mind for the pumpkin and spice ones!

  • Anna Johnston March 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    YUM, but Miss Heidi, why oh why were you drinking a hot cup of water? 🙂 I love pancakes, you can add pretty much anything to a pancake and somehow, miraculously, they just taste so wonderful. 🙂
    @Hannah – You can buy tinned pumpkin puree, they sometimes call it soup.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I love the idea of these and when you describe them as smelling like gingerbread well that pretty much sealed the deal for me 😛

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) March 7, 2011 at 7:36 am

    I love pumpkin spice! I use it for savory dishes as well.

    Your pancakes look out of this world! 😀

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

    oh they look like perfection on a plate!

  • Leah March 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

    oh wow! yet again Heidi you have me drooling at my computer 🙂

  • Heidi March 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Miss Kitty-Cat – yes, I always seem to add more cinnamon 🙂

    Hannah – I know, I think that we should start importing them ourselves – start a business 😉

    Laura – the pasta is a fabulous idea! I have bookmarked a number of recipe to use pumpkin, but haven't tried any yet. Most of them are baked goods such as brownies, muffins and even oats!

    Michelle – they were delicious!

    Anna – pancakes are such a great base for flavours! You can make them as plain or outrageous as you wish! They're the best. & I have been drinking hot water for years 🙂 it was a little chilly this particular morning, so I opted for a cup. & often if I have tea first thing without eating it makes me feel a little funny.

    Lorraine – oh yes, they smelt simply divine…

    Kath – how sweet, thanks! Pumpkin is the best 🙂

    Lisa – thank you!

    Leah – hehe, sorry about that, Leah 😉

    Heidi xo

  • CC11 March 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Oh man, I definitely would have preferred that as my brekkie today.

    And running out of ground ginger has happened to me too 🙂 I also subbed with extra cinnamon.

  • The InTolerant Chef March 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I have been searching for canned pumpkin for forever! I just want to see it's texture and moisture content to copy for myself. How do you find it? These look yummy and I adore spices too!

  • Heidi March 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    CC11 – I have been craving it for breakfast this week too! Must make another batch 😉

    InTolerant Chef – I found the texture to be v similar to baby food. A lot thicker than soup and apple puree but not as thick as mashed potato. Hope that helps!

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef March 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Heidi. I was expecting it to have a lot less moisture content I guess.

  • Rosa's Yummy Yums March 9, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Those look so good! I love pancakes, pumpkin puree and spices. Yummy!



  • Iron Chef Shellie March 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    yum! can't wait to give them a go 🙂 x

  • Heidi March 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

    TInTolerant Chef – no worries!

    Rosa – thank you! They were indeed super yummy 🙂

    Michele – oh yay, you'll love them!

    Heidi xo

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets March 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Pumpkin pancakes are a favorite of mine. Now I need to figure out why the heck I haven't made them in over a year…shame on me :). Yours look fantastic!