A Year of Holidays: Petrifying Pumpkin Pancakes

A review of Petrifying Pumpkin Pancakes from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Recipes cookbook.

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In celebration of my favorite holiday, I got up early to make these beauties.

Cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt are stirred together in one bowl, and pumpkin puree, egg, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and milk are combined in another.  Then they’re mixed together.

Some batter is separate and mixed with molasses and black food coloring.  I couldn’t find regular black food coloring, so I ended up using icing coloring instead.  It looked a little green to be honest, but once it cooked you’d never be able to tell.

The Pioneer Woman suggests using a spoon or a plastic squirt bottle.  I don’t have a plastic squirt bottle, and the spoon was super messy, so I ended up using a measuring cup that has a spout / pour to it.  The “black” batter is put in here and designs are made on the heated pan.  Once its cooked for about 30 seconds, the regular batter is poured over top and cooked like you would any other pancake!

My first one was a bit of a mess, since the batter was A LOT more liquid than the Pioneer Woman’s appears to be…

…but the rest turned out okay.

Taste: 6/10

I didn’t like this at all.  It tastes like pumpkin, and it turns out I don’t like pumpkin.  Husband gives this a 10/10 though and said it tastes like pumpkin spice to him.

Difficulty: Challenging

Prepping the ingredients was easy, but making the designs was not.  Maybe the squirt bottle would have simplified this, but the liquid batter was running everywhere and was hard to control.

Cost: Average

You’ll need cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, pumpkin puree, eggs, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, milk, molasses, black or dark brown food coloring, butter, and syrup.

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