Let’s celebrate fall and make Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes. The combination of the creamy tang of buttermilk with the rich and comforting flavors of pumpkin and spices creates a delectable treat that’s hard to resist.
There’s nothing quite like a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes, especially when they’re infused with the warm and comforting flavors of pumpkin and spices. The combination of these ingredients adds a unique depth to the dish that’s truly amazing.
As the leaves start falling off the trees and the temperature starts dropping, we often find ourselves yearning for cozy and comforting meals. I love a delicious breakfast on the weekends, and we either have pancakes or French toast every once in a while.
And since we are talking about breakfast, maybe take a look at some of my other recipes.
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Oh, and by the way! This post is part of our pumpkin recipe roundup. Make sure to scroll down and see the yummy dishes my friends have whipped up!
Alright, it’s time to delve into the world of Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes!
Why Pumpkin and Pancakes are a Match Made in Heaven
Have you ever tried combining pumpkin and buttermilk? The sweet and earthy pumpkin flavors blend so well with the buttermilk. It’s the perfect fall breakfast recipe. It’s a delicious and exciting blend of flavors that you won’t want to miss out on!
- Rich Creaminess: Buttermilk’s tangy depth perfectly balances the sweetness of pumpkin, resulting in a harmonious blend.
- Fall Flavors: Pumpkin’s earthy undertones paired with buttermilk’s subtle tang embody the cozy, warm feelings of the autumn season.
- Moisture Magic: Both buttermilk and pumpkin add moisture, ensuring every bite is tender and never dry.
- Versatile Variations: The combination serves as a versatile base, easily accommodating spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, making customization a breeze.
- Best of Both Worlds: Combining the lightness and delicacy of a crepe with the heartiness of a pancake, this recipe delivers an unparalleled texture and taste experience that’s truly unique.
BUTTERMILK PUMPKIN PANCAKES
The beauty of this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and have it waiting for you in the morning.
The Perfect Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancake Recipe
ombining the tradition of homemade pancakes with the seasonal delight of pumpkin, this is more than just a breakfast-it’s an experience.
A Brief History of the Pancake
Pancakes have been around for ages, popping up everywhere from ancient Greece to Rome. Seems like everyone, from medieval Europeans to Native Americans, had their own twist on this breakfast favorite!
And we can’t forget about the history of maple syrup. So, a fun fact about maple syrup: Native Americans were the first to whip up this sweet treat from tree sap. Fast forward to pancakes in North America, and it was a no-brainer to slather them in this liquid gold!
ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS FOR PUMPKIN FLAPJACKS
- Flour: Essential for structure and texture.
- Granulated Sugar: Adds sweetness and helps in caramelization for a golden-brown hue.
- Baking Powder: A leavening agent that ensures the pancakes are fluffy.
- Salt: Balances and accentuates other flavors.
- Pumpkin Powder: Infuses the batter with a sweet, earthy pumpkin flavor.
- Pumpkin Spice: A blend of warming spices, typically including nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves, that epitomizes the flavors of fall.
- Nutmeg: A warm, aromatic spice that enhances the overall flavor.
- Cinnamon: A sweet-spicy ingredient that complements the pumpkin’s earthiness.
- Buttermilk: Provides tanginess and reacts with baking powder for fluffiness.
- Butter: Adds moisture, richness, and a subtle sweetness.
- Eggs: Act as binders, ensuring the batter’s consistency.
STEPS TO ACHIEVE PUMPKIN GRIDDLECAKES
Step 1 – Preparation
Start by gathering all your ingredients. This ensures a seamless cooking process.
Step 2 – Mixing Dry Ingredients
Combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, pumpkin powder, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk these together thoroughly.
Step 3 – Mix Wet Ingredients
In another bowl, mix buttermilk, cooled melted butter, and eggs.
Step 4 – Combine
Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
Step 5 – Cook Pancakes
On a heavily buttered griddle, pour out batter for each pancake. When bubbles form on the surface, flip the pancake. Make sure the griddle is set to medium heat.
Step 6 – Serve
Wait until they’re golden brown on both sides, then serve them up hot.
For an authentic fall breakfast, top with maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream.
Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes
- 1½ cups flour
- ⅛ cup granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon
- 1¾ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp pumpkin powder
- ½ tsp pumpkin spice
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter Melted and cooled. Plus more butter for cooking
- 3 eggs
- Start by gathering all your ingredients. This ensures a seamless cooking process.
Mixing Dry Ingredients
- Combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, pumpkin powder, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Whisk these together thoroughly.
Mix Wet Ingredients
- In another bowl, mix buttermilk, cooled melted butter, and eggs.
- Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
- On a heavily buttered griddle, pour out batter for each pancake. When bubbles form on the surface, flip the pancake. Make sure the griddle is set to medium heat.
- Wait until they’re golden brown on both sides, then serve them up hot.For an authentic fall breakfast, top with maple syrup and a dollop of whipped cream.
TOPPINGS AND ACCOMPANIMENTS: ELEVATE YOUR PUMPKIN PANCAKES
If you haven’t yet tried our buttermilk pumpkin pancakes, you’re in for a treat. And if you already have, I have a little secret for you – adding the perfect toppings can make them even more delicious!
BEST TOPPINGS FOR PUMPKIN PANCAKES
- Maple Syrup: The go-to topping that adds a touch of sweetness and moisture.
- Whipped Cream Topping: Just a dollop elevates the entire breakfast experience.
- Pumpkin Spice: A light sprinkle brings out those cozy autumnal flavors.
- Nuts: Consider toasted pecans or walnuts for that satisfying crunch.
- Drinks: Pair these pancakes with warm apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte for the quintessential breakfast idea for autumn.
- Crispy Bacon: The savory crunch of bacon provides a perfect contrast to the soft sweetness of pumpkin pancakes.
- Sausage Links: Their rich and hearty flavor complements the spiciness of the pumpkin.
- Fresh Fruit Salad: A refreshing combination of fruits can cut through the richness, offering a palate cleanser.
- Scrambled Eggs: Soft and fluffy, they add a protein-packed dimension to the breakfast spread.
- Yogurt with Granola: The tang of yogurt and the crunch of granola create a balance with the pancakes’ texture.
- Hash Browns: Crispy on the outside, soft inside, they provide a comforting carb sidekick.
- Honey Butter: Its creamy sweetness, when spread on warm pancakes, is nothing short of divine.
- Maple-Glazed Ham: A sweet and salty combo that plays off the pancake’s maple syrup topping.
HEALTHY AND DIETARY ALTERNATIVES FOR EVERY PANCAKE LOVER
Everyone’s got their own food preferences and needs, so let’s dive into some alternative options.
Whole Wheat and Gluten-Free Alternatives
Replace the regular flour with whole wheat for whole wheat pumpkin pancakes or a gluten-free blend for those avoiding gluten.
Dairy-Free Alternatives and Buttermilk Substitutes
If you’re going dairy-free, almond or soy milk mixed with a touch of lemon juice can be a great buttermilk substitute. Substitute butter with coconut oil or another plant-based alternative.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR THE PERFECT PANCAKE
In our family, the pancake-making job goes to my husband. He’s got this unique ritual he swears by for those flawless pancakes. Let’s dive into his secret recipe for pancake perfection.
- Prepare the Griddle: Start by ensuring your griddle is clean and free from any old residue. Place it over medium heat to get it to the right temperature.
- Test the Griddle’s Readiness: To check if your griddle is at the perfect heat, sprinkle a few droplets of water onto it. If they dance and evaporate quickly, it’s ready for your batter.
- Brown the Butter: Add butter to the griddle, letting it melt slowly. Aim for it to turn a light golden brown, enhancing the flavor of your pancakes. Also, he says not to skrimp on the butter!
- Use a Pancake Squirter: This tool allows for even and controlled batter distribution, ensuring consistent pancake sizes and even cooking. No more messy ladles; with a squirter, every pancake is a perfect circle.
- Pour the Batter: Once your butter is just right, ladle your pancake batter onto the griddle. Aim for consistent sizes for even cooking.
- Watch for Bubbles: As your pancake cooks, keep an eye out for bubbles forming on the surface. This indicates that the underside is cooking nicely.
- Check the Edges: The edges of the pancake will start to appear set and slightly dry, another sign that it’s time to flip.
- Flip with Confidence: Once you see those bubbles and the edges are set, slide your spatula under the pancake and flip it over. It should be a beautiful golden brown.
- Check for Doneness: The second side generally cooks faster. Once it matches the golden brown of the first side, and the pancake has risen to its full fluffiness, it’s ready to be served.
WHY YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THESE EASY PANCAKES!
- Make Ahead Batter: Prep the night before and wake up to batter ready to pour, giving you a head start on your morning.
- Overmixing Isn’t a Problem: These pancakes are forgiving, so even if you get a bit heavy-handed with the mixing, they’ll still turn out great.
- Fluffy or Crepey – Your Choice: Customize the thickness to your preference, whether you love them thick and fluffy or thin like a crepe.
- Universal Crowd-Pleaser: Their adaptable nature ensures everyone, from kids to adults, will find their perfect pancake match.
- Perfect for Experimentation: The basic batter acts as a canvas, allowing you to get creative with flavors and toppings.
WHY I LOVE BAKING WITH PUMPKIN POWDER
- Moisture Control: Since it’s dehydrated, pumpkin powder lets you introduce that signature pumpkin taste without the extra liquid, giving you more control over the consistency of your batter or dough.
- Concentrated Flavor: Pumpkin powder packs a punch with its rich and robust flavor, adding depth to baked goods without the moisture of canned pumpkin.
- Reduced Waste: As you only use the amount you need, there’s no concern about what to do with leftover pumpkin puree. Plus, its longer shelf life means fewer chances of it going bad and ending in the trash.
- You Need Less: A little pumpkin powder goes a long way due to its concentrated nature. You’ll often find you need a smaller quantity than traditional pumpkin puree, making it cost-effective in the long run.
Hey there, thanks for dropping by to explore our pumpkin delights! I hope you will whip up a batch of these buttermilk pumpkin pancakes soon.
Let’s celebrate fall and make Buttermilk Pumpkin Pancakes. Combining the creamy tang of buttermilk with the rich and comforting flavors of pumpkin and spices creates a delectable treat that’s hard to resist.
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