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Gluten-free Pumpkin Pancakes

To celebrate my new apartment and new kitchen(!), Ari and I decided to make celebratory fall pancakes last weekend. This was a big step for me, as I mentioned before that gluten-free flour has been difficult for me to accept; and I also have issues with pancakes. Not big ones — I certainly like pancakes fine, but given the choice, I would always choose waffles or french toast or eggs Benedict over a pancake.

However, luckily Ari convinced me to try some appropriately fall-like pumpkin ones, and luckily I agreed. My main issue with pancakes is that they are too heavy, but since these have the egg whites folded in separately I found that problem was diminished. The result was quite lovely and light, with just a hint of pumpkin spice — perfect for a cool Sunday morning.

Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes (adapted from Bon Appétit)

1 1/4 cups gluten-free flour (or all-purpose flour)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups milk
3/4 cup canned pumpkin purée
4 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

Whisking

Mix first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Whisk milk, pumpkin, egg yolks, melted butter and vanilla in medium bowl to blend well. Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients; whisk just until smooth (batter will be thick). Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in another medium bowl until stiff but not dry. Fold whites into batter. Brush large nonstick skillet or griddle with butter, and heat over medium heat. Working in batches, pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook until bubbles form on surface of pancakes and bottoms are brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet with oil between batches. Serve with maple syrup.

We also served them with home-made ricotta cheese, which I will be attempting again and saving for another post once I figure out how to properly drain it. Pictures for now were taken on my phone; hopefully I will be able to upgrade to a better camera soon. Ah, the joys of moving when you can’t find anything.

The final product

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