Tuesday, February 23, 2010

National Pancake Day

Any holiday that celebrates food gets an A++ in my book, so we made sure to celebrate National Pancake Day responsibly this morning by scarfing down large quantities of homemade blueberry pancakes and syrup. What? You didn't know it was National Pancake Day today!?! Yeah, neither did we, until Jeremy came across something on the Internet last night about IHOP giving away free short stacks of 'cakes today in celebration of the holiday. As tempting as that sounded, we decided to mark the occasion in our pajamas in our own kitchen. I flipping (!) love making pancakes from scratch, and Maribelle and Jeremy love eating them just as much. Here's Maribelle giving her trademark seal-of-approval "nom-nom" to this morning's batch. It's kind of like her own version of giving a thumbs up or a thumbs down. If you hear this sound, you know she's in gastro-heaven:

So in honor of National Pancake Day, I'm sharing the recipe for one of Maribelle's favorite varieties of pancakes, found here. Try them and freeze them, you won't regret it!

Light & Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch clove
1 1/4 cup low-fat milk
1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 egg
Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together milk, pumpkin, melted butter, and egg. Fold mixture into dry ingredients. Spray or grease a skillet and heat over medium heat: pour in 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side. This recipe makes six 6-inch pancakes.


lena said...

I flipping (hilarious) LOVE pancakes. I fully support this holiday and made my girl some pancakes to celebrate too.

melaniet42 said...

Thanks for coming by my blog and commenting. Your little girl is SO cute!! You asked about our moms group...well, it was set up through the local hospital for first time moms and the group has just stayed together since the wee ones were born! I know there are local Moms Clubs that are regional, and I've also heard that MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) groups can be nice. I also found a site that can link you up with mom groups by region: http://www.newcomersclub.com/md.html. A lot of them look like you can just email to join and show up for a get together to network. Good luck finding a group that has little ones around the same age. Our group has been a total "win" - I've loved being around other moms whose kids are at the same age!!