I recall years ago when I was younger my mother bought a can of pumpkin spice pancakes, and I absolutely loved them. It was a small amount and we ran out pretty quickly. When I asked for more, she told me that it was too expensive to keep buying it. Fair enough. As I’ve mentioned before, come Fall, so many companies love to charge extra for dumping pumpkin spice into their products. It’s a bit silly, but if you’ve been following PCFG, you know that we’ve covered how easy it is to make pumpkin spice at home. Don’t get me wrong either, I think the upcharge is silly, but I do love pumpkin spice flavoring and love that it’s a fun seasonal treat (and I also think John Oliver is a total piece of shit, and cordially invite him to shove a lit candle up his own ass, since his whiny rant about pumpkin spice is akin to hating the Autumn season itself). But I digress. Pumpkin pie spice is something you can make at home, and it goes great in different foods since it can easily be added in small quantities to provide a nice spicy zing.
So that leads me to this recipe, where you can make your very own homemade pumpkin pie spice pancakes. No more paying extra for fancy pancakes, you can just throw in your own pumpkin pie spice and make them in minutes.
Pancake recipes tend to call for some sort of fat in the form of oil or butter, to keep the batter moist as it cooks. This recipe substitutes the regular vegetable/canola oil and uses sesame oil. If you’ve never had it before, it has a dark, rustic flavor and smells absolutely amazing, like pure concentrated sesame cookies. You can generally find it in every Asian market, and even most supermarkets now stock it, though it tends to be fairly expensive in regular stores. If you’re concerned about price, you can easily use oil blends, where its cut with canola oil. It keeps the same delicious smell and flavor, but is just a bit lower in concentration. The pancakes themselves taste like sesame cookies and have a nice enough zing to stand up against syrup.
Apples are much-splendored Fall crop. They’re tart and sweet and the small ones are perfect for throwing at squirrels and ugly children. We’re lucky enough to have a tree in our yard, but if you’re not among the apple elite you can check out a local orchard to buy some, provided you can beat the yuppie crowds coming in droves from the city in attempts to recall what nature looks like. Either way, fresh apples are a treat every September and October. You can make cider out of them, but that takes all day. You can make a pie with them, but that’s not worth the effort involved. What can you do that doesn’t use too much of your precious, freshly-picked apples, but still puts them on gastronomical display to enjoy? Why not try some apple pancakes?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gets your body going and gives you energy to get your day started. During the week breakfast is usually cereal, toast, oatmeal, a bagel, or a smoothie. But come the weekend, breakfast gets to be a bit fancier. On Sundays Erik and I usually make either French toast or pancakes for breakfast (okay, and also occasionally crepes or waffles, but they’re not relevant to this post). One day we had the genius idea – what would happen if we combined them in to one mega-breakfast food? And thus, Francakes were born. A wonderful combination of French toast and pancakes. Light and fluffy like a pancake, yet cinnamon-y like French toast. The best part is if you know how to make French toast (which you should), and how to make pancakes, you can most certainly easily make Francakes.
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These pancakes are a delicious way to add fresh strawberries into your breakfast. Shortcake is one of my favorite desserts of all time, so I made this recipe to change up the basic pancake formula to make them a bit sweeter and more buttery, since shortcake tends to have a higher fat content than other cakes. The strawberries themselves form a natural syrup with sugar added onto them, so this gets poured onto the tops, making everything delicious and berry-flavored.