Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pumpkin Pancakes and a bit more.

   Years ago I discovered a little store called, Aldi. I will confess that I have never liked the soap or any cleaning products from that store, but there are a number of wonderful grocery products there that I find to be as good as the well known brand name products ~ and some I like much better than those higher priced items. There are blogs that offer good tips on using that store. This particular blog gives a monthly menu and then some. This is a good article to look at on yet another blog. You do not have to look far to find plenty of ideas for the Aldi products. Ariel at the blog called Food Lush, posted this little article about their Beer Bread Mix. On the same blog Erica posted this, and Julie posted this.  A few years after I discovered Aldi while visiting my daughter in Germany, I had the opportunity to shop in one in their country homeland, Germany. Aldi is a German based store. Let me just say it was full of so many more products than the stores I shopped in stateside. Today, our Aldi stores are more like the one I shopped in Germany. Gourmet cookies and cakes, imported wines and so many other lovely products line the shelves. No, this is not an Aldi commercial, just a great find I have enjoyed for years I thought I would share, and a segue into my post today. Pumpkin!

Could not resist posting the logo, I mean just look at that rich pumpkin colour!

   Earlier today Jon went to Aldi to buy white rice, maple syrup, shredded cheese, green peppers and onions. He also managed to buy Krinkle Cut Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips, Butternut Squash soup and these........ 

Pumpin Bagels and Spiced Pumpkin Fall Harvest Salsa
Such a good man!!! I had the Aldi's Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread in the refrigerator, and on that half bagel I snagged and toasted ~ YUM! I had never had the salsa so I tried it with the Sweet Potato Chips ~ oh yeah!! 

   And now to the recipe and reason for this post, my favorite Pumpkin Pancakes. I found this recipe some time ago on allrecipes.com where you can see this recipe here. These pancakes are moist yet light and full of pumpkin flavor without being overpowered by the spices. This is an autumn worthy Pumpkin Pancake recipe. I make enough to have leftovers to freeze. They are delicious when toasted, just pop them in the toaster frozen and they are great.

Pumpkin Pancakes

1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt

1.   In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl. Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
2.   Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat (I just use butter flavored no~stick Crisco spray). Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
Makes about 12 pancakes.

These are your ingredients.

It was only when I went to put the Ginger in that I realized I had grabbed the Nutmeg instead of the Ginger. Since I had already put the other ingredients away I am going to just insert the Ginger here.

Scrap the Nutmeg above, this is what you want.

Giving the batter a rest for a few minutes makes lighter pancakes!

Now we are getting somewhere.

This might be a good time to remind you that the pictures enlarge when you click on them.
These are SO good. I just love autumn :-)

   The canned pumpkin is from Aldi's and so is the pure Maple Syrup and the Pumpkin Syrup. I like recipes that use only a portion of the can of pumpkin because I use that remaining in my oatmeal in the morning. Yes indeedy!! 1/2 cup oats, 1/4+ cup pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, 1/4 cup Craisin's, 1cup water; stir, cook, stir again and drizzle real maple syrup. That is not my "go to" breakfast in the autumn, it is my breakfast in autumn. Oh, the oats are from Aldi's. Ald'is Millville Oatmeal is nuttier than that big name brand and any of the private labels in groceries I have had.

   I hope you are enjoying this autumn. I would love to hear your favorite pumpkin recipe! Please fell free to drop me a line via the postage stamp on my Home Page, or in the comments below.


Kim said...

Here's what I meant:

Chocolate-strawberry bars

No pumpkin-flavored ones that I could see.

Teresa said...

I will be in Aldi's tomorrow and look for them. Remember those Cafe Bistro Dark/or Milk Chocolate Coated Butter Cookies???? Oh my gosh were those good. I have not bought a package of them since February ~ thank you very much. Those are on my addictive list. I miss you girl!

Kim said...

Yesterday, Robert bought the sweet potato chips, the pumpkin salsa and the sweet potato/cranberry salsa. Haven't tried them together yet, but I tried the chips by themselves and they are yummy! Thanks for the heads up. I love ALDI's goodies!

I've wanted to call and catch up. Tried a couple of times awhile back and didn't get ya. But I need to try again. Miss you, too!