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Anymore I am amazed when I get the chance to cook a meal when there is one toddler screaming and fussing at me. Today there were two toddlers trying to literally run circles around me as I was attempting to make breakfast. With three toddlers in my life I have found that toddlers tend to not care about that old adage about not biting the hand that feeds you. They will bite that hand and laugh while doing it. That is a side bar though…
As you will come to find out with any recipe I share there is also a story. For me cooking is about more then just about eating, it is about the story or memory behind the recipe. Today was no different.
My mom and dad had both my brother and I helping with cooking and baking since we showed an interest which was probably around the age of two. I started cooking whole meals on my own with just supervision when I was in the second grade because I very much wanted to earn a specific Brownie badge at the time. I believe that badge was earned by creating a full meal by solely using leftovers from the fridge.
After earning that badge all I wanted to do was cook and bake at every chance I got. My mom tried to be as patient teaching me as she could. What she found to be a good way to teach me the basics was by pulling out her Bisquick cookbook and have me follow the simple recipes and then try harder recipes and so on until I was using recipes from her Better Homes and Garden cookbook and even harder recipes from her Chinese cookbook.
Towards the end of the year I was in third grade, life had taken a turn for us and my dad was in the hospital more then he was out of it. Mom enjoyed having my help with the cooking as she was trying her best to keep the household together, visit my dad and raise two kids.
By the time I was in the fourth grade my dad was calling me the Bisquick and Microwave Queen. My dad was so proud that I could cook yummy cakes in the microwave and meals like chicken-n-dumplings with Bisquick. At this time my dad had to take a medical leave from work and my mom went back into the work force so I helped out a lot with dinner.
Fast forward 20+ years and I am still cooking with Bisquick. Most of the time I cook from scratch with flour but I always have a box of Bisquick on the shelf for when I need to make a quick meal. The good thing is that kids tend to like the quick and easy meals that can be made using Bisquick and the recipes are still some of the best for teaching kids the basics.
Now that I am observing a gluten free diet for a while, I am excited that Bisquick has been keeping up with the times and has a gluten free baking mix. I am still in the early days of this diet so I am sure I will try gluten free flour and adapting my favorite from scratch recipes at some point.
What has me so excited right now is that I can look at the recipes on the box of the GF Bisquick and compare it to the same recipes I am used to like biscuits and pancakes. What I have found is that in most recipes 1 1/3 cup of GF Bisquick equals 2 cups of regular Bisquick. That means I can easily adapt my regular Bisquick recipes with the GF Bisquick baking mix. And the best part… it still cooks up in much the same way regular Bisquick does. That means I know what the end product will taste like which is nice when you are unsure of how recipes will turn out because of a substitution.
The first recipe I adapted was a Sloppy Joe Corn Bread Bake that the kids in my house love. The adaptation of that recipe worked really well and is still a favorite even if it is gluten free.
This morning I woke up with Pumpkin Pancakes on my mind. One of my nephews is visiting and I have found that in recent weeks when he has visited that he prefers to have pancakes for breakfast. A new development is that he loves pumpkin flavored food as much as I do. He ate a lot of my pumpkin pudding last week and he keeps begging me to share my pumpkin flavored coffee. So I decided to combine his love of pancakes with his new love of all things pumpkin.
Since it’s the right time of year to share this yummy breakfast treat, I thought why not today! I hope you and your family enjoy this as much as my family does!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancake Ingredients
2 cups of Gluten Free Bisquick Mix
1 cup of pureed pumpkin (I use Libby’s)
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground clove
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 ½ cups of milk
Measure out the Bisquick into the mixing bowl. Add the pureed pumpkin, spices (I tend to be heavy handed with my spices so you will want to adapt for your palate) and milk into the bowl. Stir together. Add each egg one by one and mix. The batter should resemble a pudding consistency. If it is thicker then add 1 to 3 tablespoons of water to thin down the batter.
Heat your skillet. I tend to rinse my skillet before I put it on the stove. This is two-fold: I know there won’t be any debris like dust getting into my food and as I watch the water evaporating from the skillet I know when the skillet is ready and hot.
A lot of people use cooking spray or butter in their skillet when cooking pancakes. I tend to use spray butter. I don’t always like how cooking sprays flavor my pancakes and I don’t always have good portion control with melting butter in my skillet. Spray butter is the perfect in between.
Once my skillet is heated and I apply the spray butter, I use a ¼ cup measuring cup to portion out my pancake batter into the skillet. I can generally make for dollops in my pan. Pumpkin pancake batter is naturally thick so you will need to find a balance of knowing when is the right time to flip your pancake. With my skillet I generally do this at 45 seconds from when I dropped the batter into the pan as the pancakes don’t always bubble like regular batter.
These pancakes are naturally dense when cooked so I find that I only need two pancakes for a serving. Because the pancakes are so dense you can eat them with syrup, as is or even use the pancakes like bread and create a sandwich. One of my family’s favorite things to do is use a pumpkin cream cheese spread. Here is my pumpkin cream cheese recipe:
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread Ingredients
1 8oz package of cream cheese
½ a can of pumpkin (approx. 7.5 ounces)
¼ teaspoon coriander
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Cut the cream cheese into hunks as it is easier to cream with a mixer or food processor. Once the cream cheese is creamed add in the pureed pumpkin, spices (again I am heavy handed with my spices so do this to your palate) and brown sugar. Continue to mix until cream cheese is thoroughly dispersed and you can no longer see white hunks in the mixture.
Pumpkin cream cheese spread is a yummy addition to toast, muffins, and bagels as well as the filling inside of a pumpkin roll.