Oct 6 2011

pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes 5 1024x682 pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes

When I said I was raring to go to start making fall foods, I had this at the very forefront of my mind. Allow me introduce you to the most decadent, extravagant, and tastiest pancakes you have ever met: pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes. These fabulous go-getters go above and beyond the mere pancake (which, let’s face it,  can be pretty fantastic all on its own). They’re part pumpkin pancake, part cinnamon roll and if you’ve heard of anything more genius than that, well, I’d like to hear about it.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes 2 681x1024 pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes 1 1024x682 pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes

To make these – and you will want to make them – you make your pretty standard pumpkin pancake, but just after you pour the batter on the griddle, you pipe on a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, butter mixture in a spiral on top. As the pancake cooks, the cinnamon swirl melts and sinks into the pancake. Once the pancake has cooked for 3-4 minutes, you carefully flip it over and take a good long sniff of all that cinnamon and butter. Pure heaven. After just another couple minutes on the griddle, your pumpkin cinnamon roll pancake is all done. Until you add the cream cheese icing of course, because come on, this is a cinnamon roll pancake here. Then serve them up, nice and hot and draped in icing, and just try telling me these aren’t the very best pancakes you’ve ever had.

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Aug 22 2010

blueberry pickin’

 blueberry pickin

When we came to West Branch Pond as kids, my sister and the kids of our close family friends often went blueberry picking. It always made me think of Blueberries for Sal, one of my favorite books, and I was always on the lookout for a mama bear and her cubs. We never saw them, but I don’t think I will ever be able to go blueberry picking in Maine without thinking I’ll also see a bear.

 blueberry pickin

This trip was no different than past trips (you know, other than the fact that we were now much older and picking berries with our husbands) and we didn’t see any bears. But we did end up with a bunch of berries to bring back to the kitchen at WBPC. The next morning there was no question about what we were going to pick for breakfast. I only wish we’d gone picking earlier (and frequently!) so we could have had berry pancakes every morning! Alas, these blueberry pancakes were our last breakfast before heading back to Boston to return to the daily grind of real life. It was pretty sweet while it lasted.

 blueberry pickin

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