Pumpkin pancakes with butter pecan syrup

What's better on a chilly fall morning than pumpkin pancakes? Butter pecan syrup, and maybe even a side of bacon, turns breakfast into a special meal.

The Gourmand Mom
IHOP has nothing on this homemade butter pecan syrup.

After an extended period of unusually warm temperatures, autumn has taken its inevitable hold on our weather. There’s a definite chill in the air, which requires down jackets, more so than fleecy hoodies. As usual, the kids trick-or-treated with winter coats stuffed under their costumes this year. It won’t be long before we see our first snow.

Despite the chilly temps, last weekend was positively beautiful. The leaves are at their peak of vibrant color and the grass is still (mostly) green. And on this gorgeous weekend, I celebrated my birthday. We began our festivities on Saturday morning with these pumpkin pancakes, drizzled in warm butter pecan syrup. Then, we ended the weekend with a full turkey dinner at a crowded table of family and friends. I gave thanks a month early, for another year of good food, good family, and good friends.

Warm butter pecan syrup seemed like the ideal accompaniment for these seasonally perfect pumpkin pancakes. My love for butter pecan syrup is so intense, that I have made trips to IHOP for the sole reason of dipping stuff in their famous syrup. A quick search for "copycat" recipes for my favorite IHOP syrup revealed numerous blends of sugar with water and a variety of artificial extracts. My version takes a more natural approach, using pure maple syrup, melted butter, and non-imitation vanilla extract. Toasting chopped pecans in a bit of butter brings out the buttery-nutty flavor in this crave-worthy pancake topper.

Pumpkin pancakes
Slightly modified from Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Pancakes
Makes about 12-15 pancakes

2-1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking powder

1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Pinch of ground cloves

2 cups milk

3/4 cup pumpkin puree, fresh or canned

4 tablespoons melted butter

2 eggs

1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, melted butter, and eggs.

3. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, whisking until well blended. 

4. Melt a little butter in a skillet over medium heat. Pour about 1/3 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes approximately 3 minutes per side.

Butter pecan syrup

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1-1/2 cups real maple syrup

4 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a saucepan, over medium heat. Add the chopped pecans.

2. Cook for about 3 minutes, until fragrant.

3. Add the maple syrup, butter, and vanilla extract. Continue to heat over medium-low/medium heat until the butter has melted and blended with the syrup. Season with a pinch of salt. Serve warm.

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