October 26, 2011

Weekend Recap: Pumpkin Saturday

Last Saturday was so much fun. We had a theme going on! I made my delicious pumpkin spice latte made Bria her first ever pumpkin dish, pumpkin and apples and I was adventurous and made pumpkin pancakes! 

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Pumpkin Spice Latte
adapted slightly from: The Kitchen

makes 1-2 servings (for me, it made 1!) 

2 cups milk
2 Tbs. canned pumpkin or 1 tsp. of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup 
2 Tbs. sugar 
2 Tbs. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. nutmeg 
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice* 
2 shots of espresso

 In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin, and sugar. Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and spice, transfer to a blender or processor and process for 15 seconds or until foamy (or you can wait until you add the espresso and use the frothing gadget on your espresso machine). Add the espresso. Enjoy!

Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top! 

 *If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can substitute: 1/4 tsp. all spice, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. ground ginger.


Pumpkin and Apples for the Babes: 

2 Tbs. canned pumpkin (or fresh)
1/2 an apple

Simply cut, peel, and core the apple. Chop it into chunks and put it in a small saucepan of boiling water. Turn heat on low and let apples cook for about 5-10 minutes. After apples are done, put the apples through the processor or grinder and mix with the pumpkin. Now feed and watch your baby swoon over this dish over and over again*!

**See below!

Bria wondering why I'm taking a picture instead of feeding her! 


 Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pancakes!
adapted slightly from: Sassy Mama in LA

1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree 
1 egg
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
2 Tbs. vinegar
3 Tbs. brown sugar
2 1/2 cups of Honey Wheat Pancake Mix
2/ 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice** 
1/2 tsp. salt

 *If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, you can substitute: 1/4 tsp. all spice, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp. ground ginger.

In a bowl, mix together milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, brown sugar, pancake mix, salt. Stir the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine (not too much!) Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium to high heat. Use approx. 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake. Brown both sides. Serve hot with some pure maple syrup! Mmm.... 

I hope you enjoyed the pumpkin recipes!! I will be dabbling in a lot more festive dishes in the coming weeks :)
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