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Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes with Honey-Baked Pears

Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Pumpkin PancakesThe Fresh Picks mission is to make great healthy foods available to everyone by supporting our local farms. They make healthy food deliveries to homes and businesses year-round and they offer the community fun, easy and delicious recipes!

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Pancake Mix – 2 cups
Milk – 2 to 3 cups
Eggs – 2
Pie Pumpkin – 1 small one
Orange – 1, zest and juice
Walnuts – 1/4 cup, chopped
Butter – 4 tbs
Pears – 1 lb
Honey – 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar – 1 tbs
Cinnamon – 1.5 tsp
Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp


1. Make the Batter
Slice your pumpkin in half, remove and discard the seeds, and place in a baking dish, face side up with 1/2 cup of water. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 45-60 minutes or until tender. Scoop out the flesh into a large mixing bowl, mash until smooth, and add the pancake mix and ingredients listed on the package. Season the batter with orange zest and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix in the walnuts.

2. Cook the Pancakes
Start by melting 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan and pour the batter into the hot pan forming medium size cakes. Continue with the rest of the batter, adding butter to grease the pan as needed. Cook over medium flame for 2-3 minutes on each side.

3. Cook the Pears
In a small sauce pan, heat the honey, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and orange juice. Bring to a gentle simmer. Pour the poaching liquid in a baking dish just large enough to hold the pears. Slice your pears in half but be sure to keep the stems intact. Using a melon baller, carefully remove the core. Place the pears in the dish, baste with the flavored liquid, top with 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20-25 minutes. Be sure to baste the pears with the liquid every 6-8 minutes. Let them cool just a bit before serving.

4. Serve
Serve your pancakes and pears family style. Offer maple syrup to top of the pancakes and fresh, homemade whipped cream for the pears.

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