Monday, October 17, 2011

Whole Grain Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Maple Compote

whole wheat pumpkin pancakes with apple-maple compote

I’ve found myself in the middle of my favorite season, with very little baking to show for it. Instead of spending time in the kitchen, I’ve been out, living this fall to it’s fullest and spending lots of time with family.

You see, this time last year, my mom had just returned from a week long stay in the hospital, and had been sick for a couple of weeks before that. We thought she had a really bad case of bronchitis, but it turns out she had a massive, life threatening pulmonary embolism, and we weren’t sure she was going to make it. She & I watched the leaves turn bright golden yellow from a hospital window (she managed to snag an awesome corner room, with huge windows, which she insists helped the healing process. I’m inclined to agree. Natural light is where it’s at.).

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For most of October, she was recovering from the embolism, so we spent a lot of time indoors, getting her healthy. This year? She’s healthier than ever. So our weekends are filled with all the things we missed last year - fall festivals, pumpkin patches, driving through the country, looking at the gorgeous leaves. We, as a family, are more thankful and appreciative of this season of harvest & joy than we’ve ever been.

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Today though, was spent in the kitchen. I’ve had a serious hankering for pancakes lately, and yesterday I realized I hadn’t had anything pumpkin-y yet. This is a recipe adapted from one by Heidi. Hers is a perfect starting place, a wonderful, basic whole wheat pancake. I added pumpkin & spices, and a warm apple-maple compote. The compote is what makes this - it’s sweet, cinnamony and buttery. Plain ol' maple syrup just doesn’t compare.

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Whole Grain Pumpkin Pancakes
Adapted from 101 cookbooks

2 cups white whole wheat flour (or unbleached all-purpose flour)

1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup natural granulated sugar (evaporated cane sugar)

1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice*

1 1/4 cups organic buttermilk
1 cup pumpkin puree**

2 large organic eggs, lightly beaten

2 tablespoons butter, melted (melt in the pan skillet you are going to use)
butter, to serve (and for pan)

To make the pancakes combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, spice and salt in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk, pumpkin, eggs, and melted butter. Stir all the ingredients until they are just combined. Don't worry if the batter is a bit lumpy, you don't want to over mix.

Heat your skillet, pan, or griddle to medium-hot and brush it with a bit of butter. Test for the right temperature. If a drop of water dropped onto the pan starts to dance, you are in the ballpark. Pour about 1/3 of a cup of batter into the skillet. Wait until the pancake bottom is deep golden in color, then flip with a spatula and cook the other side until golden and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with Apple Maple Compote

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Makes about 12 large pancakes.

*don’t have an pumpkin pie spice? Its easy to make your own! Here’s a recipe.
**pumpkin pie puree is different from pumpkin pie filling. Both are in the same section of the grocery store, so be sure to get the plain pumpkin!


Apple Maple Compote

This is just about the most simple thing ever, hardly a recipe at all.

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Butter
Cinnamon
Maple Syrup

Firstly, I’d plan on using about 1/2 an apple per person. Cut the apple into slices.

Next, add a pat of butter to a medium sized pan, enough to coat the entire thing. Next, add the apples to the pan and sprinkle the cinnamon over. Let the apples get soft, turning them over once, and sprinkling the other side with cinnamon. Add enough maple syrup to cover the apples. Let it bubble away for a minute or so. Pour over warm pancakes.

132 comments:

  1. ah Hannah, I just love your posts. combining stories and memories with recipes is my favorite.

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  2. This is so fall perfect!! I love your photos here and I'll be making this sometime soon. Pumpkin and apples and pancakes equals awesome!

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  3. These look delicious. That compote looks amazing.

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  4. so glad that your mom is feeling great during your favorite season. such a blessing to have our loved ones happy and healthy. i'm learning this more and more every day. btw these pancakes look like a fall dream treat! yum.

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  5. Yummy! Your pictures are mouth-watering :)

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  6. Oh, Hannah! These look devine. I've had a thing for pancakes lately :] I'll have to try this with buckwheat/oat flour since I can't have wheat.

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  7. I'm so glad your mother recovered and you can enjoy fall together this year. Pancakes are one of my most favorite things, and these look like heaven! Happy fall!

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  8. beautiful photos! i always enjoy your blog :)

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  9. Gorgeous photography! I cannot get over how yummy this looks.

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  10. The recipe sounds fantastic, the pancakes look delicious, but light, all that light, Hannah, is divine!

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  11. I'd eat this just because of the pretty colors. :)

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  12. Hannah, this is amazing -- you managed to combine so many favorites: pancakes, pumpkin, apple, maple. These pancakes ARE fall. I am bookmarking to make these this weekend!

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  13. That's the best reason ever to be outdoors! Your mother sounds like an inspiration :)

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  15. I love these photos! So moody, so soft and rustic!

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  16. What a gorgeous tribute to your mum. It's true that we often don't take time to smell the roses, or the fall leaves. And its these reminders that shake up our lives that are usually the only things that compel us to do so. Gorg pics as usual, the apple compote is going to be a definite try.

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  17. So freaking gorgeous! And what an awesome post! Girl, you rock my world ;-)

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  18. So beautifully written, Hannah. I'm so glad to hear that your mom is healthier than ever. It's nice to read about your family :)

    Lovely recipes and absolutely gorgeous photos (as always).

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  19. You made me cry. You are an awesome young woman and love you better than biscuits!

    And the pancakes were amazing!!!

    Mom

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  20. So glad your Mom is doing better! Thanks for the recipe...it is so delicious we are trying it in the morning!

    ~Julia

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  21. Gorgeous clicks and lovely fall pancakes!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  22. Beautiful post, your photo's gave me such a warm fall feeling. Thanks

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  23. glad your mom is doing so much better this year. nothing wrong with being busy and enjoying the season change.
    the compote is gorgeous.

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  24. Hannah. You must organise a photography course. I could come to Georgia from Italy and I could do everything to take part to it.
    How beautiful is the colour of those apples?? I have never seen more beautiful apples than yours.

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  25. This sounds lovely! I love the compote you made. Delicious!

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  26. This is such a beautiful post, thank you for sharing and I'm so glad you're really getting a chance to enjoy fall this year.

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  27. I feel the same about fall: on the one hand, I feel like I need to stay outside, enjoying the last sunny days and the beautiful colors of this crazy amazing place I live in; on the other, I like staying inside, cooking seasonal food and baking. I am Italian but my American boyfriend passed me the lovely habit of making pancakes at the weekend. So, this weekend I will make this, feeling lucky for health, beauty around me and delicious food on my plate.

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  28. Your photos are too beautiful! Now I want pancakes for lunch!

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  29. So beautiful. This sounds absolutely perfect.

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  30. These look so delicious Hannah and I'm very glad to hear your Mother is doing so much better *hugs*

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  31. I genuinely love this post. I'm so happy to hear that your mom is healthy and happy and living the season to the fullest.

    And that compote sounds amazing!

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  32. you have lovely photography!!! I cant wait to make the pancakes :)

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  33. I immediately bookmarked this and printed out the recipe. Dinner, tonight, done.

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  34. Your photos have such a delicate, romantic quality to them. I love how it creates this sense of longing. Now I really want pancakes!

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  35. Looks mouthwatering!!!!!beautiful photos!!!!

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  36. I've often made an apple compote with maple syrup for our buttermilk pancakes but I love the idea of the pumpkin pancakes; will just have to try those!

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  37. So good to hear that your mom is doing so well! I've been thinking about whole grain pancakes with apple compote for awhile now, but adding pumpkin takes it to a whole new level, yum!

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  38. As a kid it never even occurred to me that pumpkins were for eating, not carving ghoulish faces into and roasting only the seeds. Now when I carve a great angry bat onto a big pumpkin on the porch, I almost feel as though that tasty flesh is being wasted. Almost. I still take great pride in having the scariest pumpkin on the block, even when it's the only one on the block.

    I tend to eat pumpkin in savory forms--tempura, stir fry, ravioli--but that pumpkin pie flavor in pancake form sounds pretty irresistable.

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  39. My goodness, these look divine, simply divine. I'm glad to hear your mother has recovered. Such a lovely reminder to cherish our time together.
    Heidi xo

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  40. Awesome! I love the idea of pumpkin in pancakes! Will try asap<3

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  41. You have me positively DROOLING over those pancakes! Whole grains, pumpkin, apples, maple... All the best bits of fall, for sure. So glad your mom is doing well! My dad just got out of the hospital on Friday after a month in the CCU (he was not healing well from his lung surgery, in addition to a bout of pneumonia, anemia, etc). But he's back! It really is wonderful to experience the changing season with someone you've worried so much about :)

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  42. Pancakes are the perfect thing when you need a little comfort in life. Glad your Mom pulled through and is doing well. There's nothing more heart-breaking to see a parent get ill.

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  43. Of all the pumpkin recipes I've been eyeing over the last couple of weeks, this one just moved to the top of the list. Looks fantastic. I might even have to try them as waffles instead of pancakes!

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  44. Oh wow, this looks amazing. I need to go make these immediately. The apple compote really makes the dish.

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  45. These pancakes look delicious!! We love healthy holiday meals like this! Happy Holidays!

    -Justin's Nut Butter

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  46. Hannah,

    Don't ask me why it took so long to discover your delicious blog.

    Those pumpkin pancakes looks so drool-worthy :)

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  47. My mouth is watering! Can't wait to try these and the compote, amazing :)

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  48. Congratulations to you and your family om your Mom's recovery! These look beautifully tasty, I can't wait to make them. One question. May I ask where you found that beautiful jug and cup with the milk?

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  49. Glad to hear you've been savoring fall. I can't wait to try this recipe!

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  50. I love everything about this! What a perfectly beautiful fall recipe... Makes me crave breakfast for dinner tonight.

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  51. I must say, those photos are absolutely beautiful!

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  52. oh yummy! as always, your posts are always an inspiration to aspiring bloggers. I'll have to give it a try one day!

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  53. Glad to hear your mother has recuperated. These look insanely delicious.

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  54. Those pancakes sound amazing and your photos are gorgeous as usual!

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  55. Oh yum! I can't wait to make this for the kids on Halloween!

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  56. here's to health, happiness and fall, hannah! i think i read on twitter that you're thinking of making your blog wordless? while i totally understand, and your photos do speak for themselves, i do love hearing your stories and your voice as well. so i hope you'll still write once in a while! :)

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  57. I whipped up a batch and did them as Belgian waffles rather than pancakes -- they're fantastic. Also upped the pumpkin pie spice by 1/2 T. This one's definitely a keeper.

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  58. Such a beautiful story. I'm so glad you and your mom can get out and spend as much time together. The kitchen will always be there!

    Delicious pancakes!

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  59. Made these this morning and the batter was REALLY thick! Had to keep adding buttermilk to thin them out. But the flavor turned out great! :)

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  61. Those pictures are gorgeous and that recipe looks heavenly!

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  62. I've been reading your blog for some time now, but I didn't want to comment until I had a blog of my own to link with! I've always loved your beautiful photographs, especially because they seem to have a warm and cozy tone to them. Anyway, I bet the pancakes turned out delicious!

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  63. I'm so glad to hear you and your mom are enjoying this beautiful season! And, those pancakes look amazing. Yum!!

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  64. I'm glad to hear that your mother is well and you both are able to enjoy the Fall changes. I've never heard of pumpkin pancaked, but they sound delicious!And apples sautéed in butter with maple syrup...I think I know what I'll be making for breakfast tomorrow.

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  65. Absolutely gorgeous photography and cooking! I found you through Daily Colours blog and am now following.

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  66. pancakes, apples ... nothing's better to start the day ! gorgeous pics, love it !

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  67. Just made these! They were delicious and made our sunday morning. Thanks!

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  68. I couldn't get these out of my head, and made them this morning, with a few tweaks based on what I had in-house: half AP and half kamut flours, maple syrup in place of the sugar, 1/2 tsp. each cinnamon, ginger and fresh nutmeg, and half and half in place of the buttermilk and butter. It's a testament when a recipe can sturdily survive so many substitutions - the pancakes were perfect. (Go, Heidi S!)

    Thank you for posting, and for the exquisite food porn, as always!

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  69. Beautiful sentiments, beautiful photos, absolutely delicious looking pancakes! And yes - time with our moms is so precious!!

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  70. Your photos are so inspiring! Love reading your posts because they always make me a) hungry and b) excited to grab my camera and snap some pics!

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  71. Great post Hannah. I am glad to hear that your mom improved. The pancakes look absolutely awesome!

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  72. I've been staring at your blog for 30 min. and
    want to eat it right now....
    DE-LI-CI-OUS!

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  73. Is there nothing that cannot be accomplished with pumpkin puree??? Love it!

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  74. I love your photos here and I'll be making this sometime soon. Pumpkin and apples and pancakes equals awesome!

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  75. First, I couldn't agree more. This Fall season (the most wonderful of them all) is flying by, and the baking hasn't even begun in my kitchen. However after reading this post I must admit that I now have a fire lit under me to put my baking spices to use! I'd love to try these--and I'm thinking I'll try using Maple Sugar instead of cane sugar...I'm sure it'll be amazing*

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  76. Your pictures are GORGEOUS. I have such photographer envy! I'm really glad your mom is better (:

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  77. Just discovered your blog, your photos and styling are just incredible!! Enjoy the time with your family :)

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  79. Whole grain pumpkin pancakes sound unbelievable. And all the goodies on top really set it off. WOW!

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  80. Wow, well these are just gorgeous photos, and look so delicious. I made whole wheat pumpkin pancakes last month with a caramel cream on top. Love the apples!

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  81. Life can be short. Eat pancakes! Jump in leaves! I'm always a fan Hannah= beautiful work as always.

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  82. I just found your blog and I´m thrilled. It´s great with the delicious recipes and you make stunning photos!!!!!
    Wow, wow, wow!!!!
    I will follow you right now.
    Hugs from Germany,
    Tanja

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  83. Hi, first time here, I love these photos!!! I am definitely following you :-).
    Do you know what kind of apples are the ones that you photograph? So dark red, and photogenic :-).

    Ciao
    Alessandra
    http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.com/

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  84. beautiful outfit & post!
    lovel your style =P

    xoxo

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  85. I am making those pancakes tomorrow morning for breakfast on New Year's Day! I can't wait. They look delish.

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  86. im not a pancake fan, but i would eat these in an instant!

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  87. Fabulous! I've been eating them all fall and now into the winter. So yummy. I add 1 T sugar...Excellent collection of spices in a slighty sweetened pancake. I needed to add about a 1/4...I will not forget the delicious pancakes in best Pattya restaurant. And lucky I fond the place searching a site after a good search engine optimization service.

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  88. Just made these pancakes and apples for dinner. We also had sausage which was the perfect addition to the meal! Thanks for sharing!

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  89. I also like japanese udon noodles with hot chillies. But I couldn't get these out of my go, and created them two times ago, with a few changes according to what I had in-house: 50 % AP and 50 % kamut flours, walnut syrup in position of the sugars, 1/2 tsp. each nutmeg, cinnamon and refreshing nutmeg, and 50 % and 50 % in position of the buttermilk and butter. It's a testimony when a formula can strongly endure so many alternatives - the hot cakes were ideal.

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  90. Made these for my husband for Valentine's Day...we both loved them! Great recipe!

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  91. woke up craving pancakes (the last one I had was like 4 months ago) and found your awesome recipe. They're really less carbageddon than classic one but without sacrificing the taste!
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Peace
    Mike

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  94. Loved reading about your memories and this recipe will be for sure done this weekend! I will make it for my parents. Thanks!

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