I absolutely love the fall season! It’s my favorite time of year! It seems here in Utah over the past two years we’ve only had 2 weeks of fall weather and then it was winter. This year it seemed like one day it was August and we were having hot summer weather. The next day it was September with fall weather was here. The seasons seemed to completely change over night. Hopefully it will last a while.
Well, as soon as the weather changed I started to get I the mood for food with that fall flavor. What could be more fall flavored than pumpkins and apple cider? I got this idea for the pancakes a year ago on an episode of Studio 5. The recipe they shared was a little less exact on ingredients so I came up with this. They also included a recipe for apple cider syrup to go along with these pancakes. I absolutely love these with the apple cider syrup but the rest of my family prefers good old maple syrup. They tend to prefer things that are basic. Luckily the cider syrup recipe can be easily cut in half or you can even make 1/4 of the recipe if desired. For an extra special treat, you can also drop a few chocolate chips in the pancake while it cooks on the first side. Then serve it with a little maple syrup.
This pancake recipe calls for pumpkin spice. If you don’t have pumpkin spice on hand, I’ve included a recipe at the very bottom of how to make your own. I must also share that when making pancakes from a mix, I prefer the Hungry Jack brand. It is my fav!
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice **see note below
- 4 cups apple juice or apple cider
- Mix up your favorite pancake mix according to package directions. For every cup of dry mix used, mix in the following:
- ¼ cup canned pumpkin
- ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- To prepare syrup: in a sauce pan mix together, sugar, cornstarch, and pumpkin spice. Stir in apple juice or apple cider.
- Bring to a boil, remembering to stir occasionally. Boil until desired thickness and remove from heat.
- For pancakes: prepare pancake mix according to package directions. Then for every cup of mix used, add ¼ cup canned pumpkin and ¼ tsp pumpkin spice. (I usually use 2 cups of mix, so I ad ½ cup pumpkin and 1 tsp pumpkin spice)
- Cook pancakes and serve with the apple cider syrup.
Recipe adapted from Studio 5.