Why wait till lunch or dinner for the Thanksgiving festivities to begin? Start celebrating and being thankful from that most important meal of the day onwards. These waffles are perfectly spiced and are superb dusted with a little icing(powdered) sugar – a fabulous accompaniment to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
I have always loved going out for breakfast. Somehow breakfast at a cafe or restaurant is that little bit more special than going out for dinner. Maybe this is because breakfast can be such a simple meal to prepare for oneself and paying others to make one’s first meal of the day is all the more exotic and exciting. Or, maybe it is because breakfast is one of the few meals of the day when you get get away with basically eating dessert as your main meal.
Pumpkin pancakes first came into my consciousness as a teenager going out to breakfast at a chain restaurant called Mimi’s Cafe. Mimi’s is a New Orleans inspired eatery featuring French Quarter decorations and a ‘homecooking’ style of food. Never before had I considered the prospect of fusing pumpkin with pancakes. As odd a culinary concept as it might seem, it sure was a magnificent mix.
Many years have passed, but the memory of those perfect pancakes has stayed with me. Whilst this recipe makes uses of the waffle iron (a new hand-me-down from my grandma) it does possess the same pumpkiny spice I loved so much in those pancakes of the past.
- 1 1/2Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2Tbsp Corn Flour (corn starch)
- 1/2C + 1 1/2Tbsp Flour
- 3/4Tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4tsp Salt
- 1tsp Cinnamon
- 1tsp Ginger
- 1/4tsp Cloves
- 1/4tsp Nutmeg
- 1 Egg (separated)
- 1/2C Milk
- 1/2C Pumpkin Puree
- 2Tbsp Unsalted Butter (melted)
- Preheat waffle maker
- Mix together brown sugar, corn flour, flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside
- In a separate bowl combine egg yolk, milk, pumpkin and butter. Set aside
- Beat egg whites in separate bowl until stiff peaks form
- Mix dry and wet ingredients together
- Gently fold in egg whites
- Pour approximately 1/3C batter into waffle maker – cook
Inspired by: The Cultural Dish
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