Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

I just realized that I never mentioned that Kramer and I were lucky enough to see Louis C.K. at Carnegie Hall last week. It was incredible, to say the least. Kramer nor myself had every been to Carnegie Hall before, so getting to finally go there was exciting all on its own. The theater is gorgeous, and every seat in the auditorium is fantastic. The architecture, both inside and outside, is beautiful, and it was just another New York site that we were able to check off of our lists. The show, however, was even better than getting to go to Carnegie Hall. Louis C.K. is a favorite comedian of mine (and Kramer’s), and it was our second time seeing him live. The first time was only a few months ago at the IFC Center, when we went to a screening of a stand-up special that Louis C.K. did called Hilarious. He came to the screening and did a Q&A session afterward, which was a lot of fun and quite interesting. He’s got the best comedy show on television right now, in my opinion, called Louie, which airs on FX. The show reminds me of Seinfeld, in how ground breaking and realistic it is, but I feel that it’s so much better because instead of drawing on funny, happenstance situations like Seinfeld, he draws on experience from his own life that aren’t just quirky. They can be depressing, at times, because he says things that everyone may have thought in the back of their minds, but have been too worried about what people might think of them to say. I highly recommend checking out the show if you haven’t already. I believe that episodes still air from Season 1 on FX during the week. He is an inspiring comedian and I definitely felt exhilarated to see him in such a grand venue. He had the entire audience laughing at every joke, no matter how uncomfortable the actual situation he was talking about might have been.

Louis C.K. talks a lot about his two children in his stand-up, and so that is why I decided to post these Pumpkin Pie Pancakes today. I think that they are a fantastic Thanksgiving Day breakfast, or even for the day after Thanksgiving, to keep you in the holiday spirit. They really do taste just like pumpkin pie. This might be because I used pumpkin pie mix instead of pure pumpkin puree to make them. I know that some of you may have just gasped at that statement, but hear me out. I accidentally purchased the pumpkin pie mix instead of pumpkin puree one day at the store, and so I was on a mission to figure out how to use it. I prefer pure pumpkin in my pies, but I thought that the mix would go well in pancakes. I was absolutely correct. These pumpkin pancakes are not too sweet, but they have an amazing autumnal aroma and a lovely pumpkin taste, without being overwhelming. They are a wonderful way to start your holiday, or to keep it going throughout the season. Kids will love them, and they will make adults feel like kids again.

On an unrelated note, be sure to check out my Curried Butternut Squash Post to see how you can win a trip home for the Holidays from Folgers!

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Your ingredients. If you are using pumpkin puree, use the cinnamon and nutmeg (along with other traditional pumpkin pie spices, like ginger and cloves). If you are using pumpkin pie mix, you don’t need to.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Combine the milk, pumpkin, oil, and egg. Whisk together.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Add in the combined flour, sugar, baking powder, and spices, if using. Whisk quickly, until just moistened (do NOT over mix or you will have dry pancakes). Add more milk if necessary. You want the batter to be the consistency of cake batter.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Melt some butter in a skillet, heat over medium-high until melted, then wipe down your pan so that only a very thin layer of butter is there. You do not want any pools of butter. Reduce the heat to medium, and pour about 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Flip when it starts to bubble.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes, and continue until the batter is gone. I keep my already cooked pancakes on a baking sheet in a 250 degree F oven until I am ready to serve, so that they stay warm.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
Serve and enjoy with lots of maple syrup!

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Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
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Serves: 10 pancakes
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (if using pure puree, use 3 tablespoons sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 1% milk (plus another 4 tablespoons, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed)
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin pie mix (or pure pumpkin puree - if using puree, be sure to add the following spices to the flour: 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ginger, ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg, ⅛ teaspoon cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine you flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt (** if you are using pure pumpkin puree, see the notes below). Set aside.
  2. Combine your milk, pumpkin, oil, and egg. Add the flour mixture and whisk until just moistened. Do not over mix, or else your pancakes will be dry.
  3. Use some non-stick spray or melt ½ a tablespoon of unsalted butter on a large skillet over medium-high heat. Wipe the skillet with a paper towel so that only a thin layer of butter or spray is on the skillet; you don't want anything pooling or else your pancakes will be soggy.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Pour ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto the skillet (I made 3 pancakes at a time). When the batter starts to bubble (about 3 minutes), flip the pancakes and cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side. Remove the pancakes from the skillet and place on a baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the oven to keep the pancakes warm while you finish using up the rest of the batter. Serve with syrup and enjoy. Makes 10 pancakes.


44 Responses

  1. your pancakes look so perfect!

  2. Wei-Wei says:

    Mmm! Your pancakes always turn out so perfect and fluffy-looking: I’m jealous!

  3. Anthony says:

    Oh, my. Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie, bar none, and now this – pumpkin pie for breakfast.

    Sydney, you’re evil. 😉

  4. Jen says:

    For some reason I love super thin pancakes, but pumpkin ones definitely need to be fluffy for max pumpkin-ness. I have to get around to cutting up a big pumpkin we have outside too. Rar.

  5. Sarah says:

    Oh my god, these look amazing! If they are anything like your peanut butter pancakes they are sure to be delicious! Definitely going to make them this weekend.

  6. Juliana says:

    Wow, these pancakes looks awesome…would love to wake up with the smell of this pancakes in the griddle :-) Beautiful pictures!

  7. Tina from PA says:

    You make me sooooo hungry! These pancakes look outstanding! I have to make some this weekend! We never eat breakfast during the week ,unless it’s breakfast for dinner,I think that’s so much fun!Have a great day!!!!!!

  8. Meg says:

    I made these this morning for an early lunch after I saw the recipe. They were extremely thick pouring them onto the pan, so I ended up adding about 8 tablespoons of extra milk to thin it down a bit.

    They were delicious with maple syrup and chopped pecans! mmmmm!

  9. a-man says:

    Yummy! Thank you for the inspirational recipe.

    • Sydney says:

      @A-Man: It’s my pleasure!

      @Wizzythestick: I just started doing that because I was sick of everyone having finished eating when I had just begun!

      @Shelley: Thank you! I was worried people would kill me for using it, haha!

      @Sara T: It definitely takes practice, but my husband basically challenged me to start making pancakes well and I couldn’t let him win!

  10. neat tip about keeping them in the oven to keep them warm.

  11. Shelley says:

    What a happy mistake! Good for you for being brave and using the mix. These look delish!

  12. SheilaW says:

    The pancakes look awesome! Would buttermilk ruin the pumpkin flavor? I have a quart in the fridge that I’d like to whittle down.

  13. Sara T says:

    these look incredible, my pancakes never look that nice… they always have that extra side growth on them from the speedy flip, hah!

  14. Michelle says:

    These sound perfect and so autumnal. Your photos just leave me hungry! I don’t know how you do it, but I am in awe every time I click on your blog.

  15. Silvia says:

    Oh.My.God. My words when I saw the pumpkin pancake post…can’t wait to try these.

    And THEN, I find out that you love Louie CK. He’s AMAZING. Goes and probes dark truths like few others do. Shameless and Chewed Up are his magisterial work. Hilarious was good, but not quite so good I think. I like his show too, overall.

    But I think he’s much happier in his personal life-which, ironically, can be bad news for dark comedy.

    Anyway, cheers, and I will be attempting those pancakes tomorrow morning!

    • Sydney says:

      Silvia: Thank you very much! I agree that Hilarious wasn’t his best work ever, but I think he’s one of the smartest, most hardworking comedians in history, so everything he does is phenomenal.

  16. Phil says:

    This might be a bit random, but do you or any blogs that you read/recommend have ideas as far as packing lunches? It’s kind of easy to get stuck in a deli sandwich rut…

    • Sydney says:

      Phil: I would definitely check out http://www.tastespotting.com or http://www.foodgawker.com. For lunches, I like to do things like make tacos the night before, then pack in small Tupperware containers little bits of cheese, tomato, lettuce, taco shells, and meat, and build my own taco at work, or bring leftover pasta, curry, make fresh salads before work, wraps (using tortillas or lavash bread), pita pockets, snacks like hummus and peanut butter packed in small Tupperware containers to dip carrots, apples, bananas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and celery in or to spread on pitas or rice cakes. I also like to bring string cheese, pudding cups, yogurt (specifically Fage with fruit, my favorite), homemade soups…the possibilities are endless!

  17. I love pumpkin pancakes this time of year and posted my version recently. For me, when I do ’em right they’re a little custard-y on the inside with crispy edges. They really don’t need to be nearly as sweet as pumpkin pie filling – since chances are you’ll be pouring maple syrup on top.

    I know pancakes of any kind are generally a weekend kind of breakfast – but I can make ’em on a weekday and be in bliss.

  18. ingrid says:

    I bet my children would like these especially Devon who is my biggest pumpkin eater. :)

    Love your photos …..they are definitely mouthwatering!

    • Sydney says:

      Ingrid: That’s great that you have one that loves pumpkin! I hated it when I was a kid and I didn’t really even start enjoying it until the middle of college!

  19. Lisa Marie says:

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them! Perfect for Thanksgiving brunch

  20. Heather says:

    Delicious! Made them for Thanksgiving breakfast last minute with leftover pie-making ingredients and family LOVED them! Thanks for the great recipe! : ) (ps- added some pecans for my grandfather-yum!)

  21. Jen says:

    I didn’t exactly know what I was looking for but thought, surely there must be a recipe for pumpkin pancakes that use canned pumpkin pie mix when I started my google search. Came across your page and was delighted to a) start reading about Louis CK (whom I adore!) and then your recipe. We have since made these about 4 times, starting on Christmas morning and then just over and over and over again since these are AMAZING. Thank you so much for posting this and for the pictures. Absolutely loved these. They were so fluffy and delicious!

    • Sydney says:

      Jen: I’m happy that you got to use up your leftover pumpkin pie mix! That was my goal, too. I’m also happy to share a recipe with a fellow Louis fan!

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