Divine Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin pancakes and happiness are synonymous in my book. I was absolutely delighted when I found out recently that you can get fresh pumpkin here! However, it may not look like you expect it to! You can get it at the bazaar and the vendor will do all the hard work and cut it up for you. You can bake it in your oven on 150 Celcius for about 20-30 minutes or until you can poke it easily with your fork. Then puree it with a little bit of water and you are ready to bake! Another idea is feeding it to  your baby. My daughter enjoyed it mixed with apple.

Look how beautiful and orange this pumpkin is. I feel like I’m absorbing vitamins just from looking at it!

So, I should warn you that these are my favorite pancakes of all time. Just thinking about them makes me excited! They are not just any pancakes, but take the art of pancakes to the next level. I first came across the idea for this recipe in grad school while eating breakfast at a local restaurant in Wheaton, Illinois called Egglectic Cafe. This is my take at their recipe.

Divine Pumpkin Pancakes


Combine in a large bowl:

1 cup of flour of your choice (whole-wheat, gluten-free)

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground allspice

In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients and add to dry ingredients.

1 egg

1 cup milk

2 tsp oil or melted butter (make sure butter is cool before adding or it will cook the egg!)

dash of vanilla

2 tsp honey (you could substitute with brown sugar)

1 cup of pumpkin

Now, here’s where the magic really gets going.

Slice two apples and one pear and saute with butter and cinnamon. You can see my apples getting ready to be cooked in this photo. Make sure you cook them until they are good and soft! You can add all of them to the pancake batter, or reserve some for topping. Yum either way!

Add 1/2 cup of dried cranberries (kurutulmuş kızılcık) to the batter as well. I know, I know. Lots of fun, crazy toppings that are going to make magic!

While cooking I often sprinkle more cinnamon on top for the art of it.


Cook as you normally would, and enjoy with butter, cooked apples and pears, more dried cranberries or maple syrup.





Here are some of our guests that we had last week who got to enjoy being in pumpkin pancake heaven.

For all the Americans and Canadians out there, I think this would be a great Thanksgiving Day breakfast, don’t you?

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy pumpkin?


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Melissa is a wife, mama and fan of all things Turkey. Among other adventures, Melissa loves living life in Turkey while raising her daughters. On IstanbulMoms you can hear about her adventures and escapades, tips for success, strategies for untangling the culture, and ideas for enjoying life in Istanbul to the fullest.

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