Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with No Pumpkin
I decided to make an exciting breakfast. But as most people know, I’m also conservative with ingredients, and first thing in the morning is not a great time for me. I have a stash of Alton Brown’s Almost Instant Pancake Mix at hand at all times (lesson learned!), so that wasn’t an issue. (That link is not actually the recipe in Alton’s cookbook, which you will know if you are an Alton obsessor, because Alton always measures things by weight. But it will do.) But I knew that the only pumpkin I had was canned, and pancakes for two people do not require an entire can of pumpkin. I also did not have pumpkin pie spice (I do now! Thanks, holiday grocery store sale!). So instead, I faked it. I just added all the spices in my cabinet that I associate with pumpkin pie, and called it a day: cinnamon, cloves, all spice, nutmeg… Hmm, maybe a little vanilla, and how about a tiny dash of almond extract? Sure!
Look how easy that was! Tasty, too. I served them with cold apple cider.