Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

  I don't know about you, but what I love best about the weekends is being able to sleep in (which is 7:00 AM in our house) lay in bed for half an hour or so (with an energetic toddler climbing all over my face) and only having to reheat my coffee twice instead of three times (fellow Moms, you know exactly what I'm talking about.) Sounds relaxing and wonderful right? All joking aside, Saturday mornings truly are magical in our house. The pace is much slower, I get to spend extra cuddle time in bed with my peanut, and I actually have time to make a proper breakfast. All throughout the week I just usually munch on a wheat mini bagel in between classes at school, but on Saturdays, I like to make a real sit down breakfast.
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

Puffins (Whole Wheat Mini Pancake Muffins) are one of our favorite weekend breakfasts, but we also like eggs and hash browns, but recently a new recipe has been stealing the show, Pumpkin Pancakes. We love pancakes in our house, but something about fall makes me want to add pumpkin to everything and pancakes are no exception. The problem though with most recipes is that the pumpkin seems to deflate the pancake and there is nothing I enjoy less than a flat pancake. I like mine thick and fluffy and ready to take on lots of real maple syrup.
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

I have tried a few recipes throughout the fall, but this recipe is definitely the winner, hands down. They are so fluffy and not a one turns out flat. They also have a great subtle pumpkin taste with a hint of cinnamon and spice. My daughter loves these pancakes and anytime I can get her to stay at the table and take more than 5 bites in a row, means the recipe is a winner in my book!
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

I hope you try these for your next Saturday morning breakfast, or save them for your Thanksgiving morning breakfast! Either way, I am sure your family will love these too!

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Slight Adapted from:Kitchen Treaty

2 cups buttermilk, or a scant 2 cups of regular milk with 2 tbsp. of white vinegar mixed in and left to sour for 10 minutes
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and then slightly cooled
2 1/2 cups AP flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice ( a mixture you can usually find in stores right about now)
1 tsp. cinnamon + 2 tbsp. white sugar, mixed
1/2 tsp. salt

Melt butter and then let cool. Preheat a griddle or skillet to medium heat. Mix together the butter, eggs, milk, pumpkin, and vanilla and whisk together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Pour wet ingredients over the dry and stir to incorporate. Don't overmix. Let batter sit for 5 minutes.

Spray your griddle with cooking spray. Scoop 1/4 cups of batter onto hot griddle. Flip when you see bubbles start to appear. Cook for another 3-4 minutes and then serve! Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies

I am not the kinda gal to sit down and eat an apple. I hate biting into whole fruits, so unless it is sliced, an apple is not my snack of choice. So while I love apple season, it is certainly not my favorite fruit. We live close to a few apple orchards so whenever a family member drops off a big bushel of apples, I am always thinking of what I can bake those apples into before Ryan and the kiddo eat them all up.
See that ooey gooey goodness that seeped out? It tastes like caramel, yum!
After making this delicious Roasted Vegetable and Mozzarella Quiche, I had one pie crust left in the package (I am not a baker, I cannot make pie crust, don't judge me) that I wanted to use up. I originally planned to use the crust to make one of my favorite cookies, snail cookies, which is just rolled up pie crust with cinnamon and sugar. While getting out all the ingredients for the snails, I spied a few leftover apples hanging out in the corner, and inspiration hit. Why not combine apple pie and snail cookies?! Genius!!
Other than being delicious and giving you all the great flavors of apple pie without the work, these cookies are great because they take minimal time and ingredients. I made these in less than 5 minutes. The hardest part was waiting for these to cool to try! 

So when an apple pie craving strikes and you don't want to make the entire pie, I hope you try these!

Apple Pie Pinwheel Cookies
Makes 12 cookies

1 refrigerated pie crust, or homemade
2 apples, peeled and diced into small pieces
1/3 cup white sugar combined with 1 tbsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking mat with parchment paper or a silpat. Roll out your dough and spread the melted butter over the crust. Sprinkle half your cinnamon sugar mixture over the crust. Sprinkle the diced apples over the cinnamon sugar, then roll up the crust tightly into a log like shape. Using a sharp knife or unscented dental floss, slice your log into small pinwheels. I cut my log into 10 pieces, but make them whatever size you like. Place each pinwheel on your baking sheet.

Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over the cookies. You are going to have two ugly end piece cookies. Honestly, if you are a crust lover like I am, those two are the best ones!!

Bake for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Watch carefully and pull them out when they are nice and golden. Let cook completely on your baking sheet. If you lift them before they cool, the apples will fall out!  These keep really well in an airtight container for up to a week! Enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Ultimate Pinterest Link Party!

Welcome back to The Ultimate Pinterest Party!

I am so excited to have you here partying with us! I cannot wait to see what you link up this week!

The Ultiimate Pinterest Party from The Ultimate Linky every Saturday morning.