Tuesday morning was a big day for DFJ. It was the last day of his post doc assignment. So, I decided to do something nice for him because the last day at your workplace is always a bittersweet thing. I know that on my last day at the ESL academy, where I worked as an instructor, there was a lump in my throat the whole day. And during the last days of my student teaching and practicum placements, I could not keep myself from crying. My tears fell unabashedly… a very awkward sight to see.
My plan was to make a good breakfast which might help perk Dr. DFJ up. Pancakes are always a surefire way to make one’s day, so I decided to make these delicious pumpkin pancakes. I have made these a couple of times before and he loved them. To make it more special, I amped it up by adding some secret surprises. The result was lovely! Every bite is full of warm, zesty, spiced-pumpkin flavor, with the sweet bits of white chocolate and dried cranberries.
Pumpkin Pancakes with Cranberries (Makes about 10 small pancakes)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter, melted
6 Tbsp pumpkin puree
4 Tbsp yogurt, plain (whole milk, low fat, nonfat, all are ok)
¼ cup milk (whole milk, low fat, nonfat, all are ok)
½ tsp orange zest
1/8 cup white chocolate chips
1/8 cup dried cranberries
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, melted butter, pumpkin puree, yogurt, orange zest, and milk well.
Slowly mix the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with a mixing spatula, and stir until well combined.
Throw in the chocolate chips and the cranberries and mix until well combined.
Heat a nonstick skillet with a teaspoon of butter over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, drop a quarter cup of the batter and cook one side for about a minute and a half. Turn with a spatula and cook the other side for a little less than a minute. There should be slight burns on the pancake.
The tricky thing about this batter is it doesn’t bubble because of the thickness. So, watch out for it!
To keep warm, store in an oven preheated to 225 degrees F until it is ready to be served.
Serve warm with a dab of butter or peanut butter and a moderate dose of honey, maple syrup, or jam.