Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

You know that autumn is officially here when stores begin to advertise pumpkin lattes and pumpkin donuts. I was inspired to make these fluffy pumpkin pancakes last week at Trader Joe’s. While standing in the ridiculously long line, I saw their canned organic pumpkin puree. I usually buy this in November to make pumpkin pie, but decided to pick up a can earlier this year since the weather in NYC is already very autumnesque.

I came across this quick and easy pumpkin pancake recipe years ago in a Martha Stewart Living magazine. Although I made a few tweaks to the spices, I kept everything else the same. These pancakes are simply divine! They are so fluffy and rich in flavors. The pumpkin puree adds a fluffy creaminess to the pancakes without adding tons of calories. Be sure to try this recipe for your next autumn brunch! Continue reading

Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes

I truly believe that when you love to eat and cook, you surround yourself with friends that have the same passion. Our dear friends, Ashley and Randy, sent me this recipe shortly after I started my blog. They love to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen, but know when one is a keeper. And let me tell you, THIS one is a keeper! I have to admit, I was a little hesitant about the recipe upon first glance because it seemed like a lot of work. (By a lot of work, I mean taking out the electric mixer to beat the egg whites. I know, I’m lazy!) They assured me, however, the pancakes would be well worth the work. So, I saved the recipe for an easy-going Sunday morning.

WOW. The pancakes were AMAZING. I can usually only eat two pancakes for breakfast, but I helped myself to four this morning! Michael even asked if I could make another batch. (That didn’t happen.) They were so light and fluffy from the egg whites, but had such a creamy richness from the ricotta cheese. Randy recommended serving the pancakes with lemon curd and powdered sugar. It almost tasted like we were eating lemon ricotta cheesecake! Michael was in heaven. Needless to say, I will be making these pancakes again.

If you are a pancake lover, definitely give this recipe a try. These pancakes will not disappoint! Continue reading

Nectarine Pancakes

Brunch, how I love thee. Let me count the ways…eggs, waffles, french toast, and oh yes, PANCAKES. Who doesn’t love a nice fluffy pancake drizzled with warm maple syrup?! I usually make plain, blueberry, or banana pancakes, but I came across this recipe one day in a Martha Stewart Living magazine. I never had nectarine pancakes before, but I thought they would be perfect since nectarines are in season right now (which means they’re inexpensive!).

When selecting nectarines, you want them to be ripe but still have some firmness. So avoid ones that are bruised or have wrinkled skin. You don’t want the nectarines to become mushy or watery in your pancakes. Most importantly, the trick to making fluffy pancakes is to NOT over mix the batter. You actually want a lumpy batter. Over mixing will create flat heavy pancakes, and no one wants that! Continue reading