Create cozy Saturday morning vibes with these Brown Butter Pumpkin Pancakes! Brown butter and warm earthy spices really add a special touch to these delicious pumpkin pancakes! Yields 16 pancakes or about 8 (2 pancake) servings.
It’s October already and I must admit, I always tell people that September is my favorite month, but I seriously think I just say that because that’s my birth month.
Because there’s just something about October in Michigan.
I love the slight chill in the air, the leaves are starting to change and pumpkin everything. More importantly, our youngest Malloree has a birthday! Her birthday was on the 6th and so I made one of her favorite things (all things pumpkin) so when she woke up on her big day she could have pancakes for breakfast.
But these aren’t your regular pancakes. Brown butter is swirled into the batter which only adds more to these incredibly delicious pancakes.
To Make These Brown Butter Pumpkin Pancakes You Will Need:
- unbleached all-purpose flour – The base for the pancake batter.
- baking powder – It provides lift and is what makes pancakes light and fluffy.
- baking soda – Reacts with the buttermilk to make these light and airy.
- fine salt – Helps balance the sweetness and enhances all the flavors.
- cinnamon (ground) – Lends a distinct warm and woodsy flavor.
- nutmeg (ground) – Warm, aromatic with subtle hints of clove.
- ginger (ground) – Gives a pungent, spicy and sweet flavor.
- buttermilk – Lends delicious tangy flavor and reacts with the baking soda for light and fluffy pancakes.
- eggs – Lends richness and flavor.
- pumpkin puree – Homemade or store-bought. Lends earthy sweet flavor.
- granulated sugar – For sweetening and flavor.
- vanilla – Adds warmth and enhances all of the other flavors in this recipe.
- brown butter – Adds richness and subtle nutty flavor.
First brown 3 tablespoons unsalted butter in a small skillet. In case you need it, here’s my step-by-step post on how to brown butter. Set this off to side to cool for a moment.
In a large mixing bowl, measure and add; 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger. Whisk to combine and set off to the side.
In a separate bowl, add 2-1/2 cups buttermilk, 2 large eggs, 3/4 cup pumpkin puree, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Whisk well to combine.
Pour the wet into the dry and stir just until combined.
Stir until just combined.
Pour in the (cooled) brown butter.
preheat your griddle to 300° (temp may vary depending on make and model)
Lightly grease with either butter, ghee spray or coconut oil spray.
Once preheated, pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the hot griddle. Use a spatula to gently spread the batter out a little if needed. Cook for about 2 to 4 minutes. Once the pancakes are golden underneath, flip and cook for another minute or two.
Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in a low (200° – 250°) oven.
Serve topped with butter, drizzled with real maple syrup and a sprinkle of chopped toasted pecans.
These pumpkin pancakes are thick and fluffy, perfectly spiced with just the right amount the amount of pumpkin flavor. You’re going to love them!
Brown Butter Pumpkin Pancakes
- 2¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2½ cups buttermilk, regular or low fat
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons browned butter
- pure maple syrup, for serving
- softened salted butter, for serving
- toasted pecans, chopped, for serving
- In a large bowl, measure and add the flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Whisk to combine.
- In a separate medium bowl measure and add the buttermilk, eggs, pumpkin puree, sugar and vanilla. Whisk to combine
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry. Switch over to a spatula and mix just until combined and then stir in the (cooled) brown butter.
- Preheat your griddle to 300° (temp may vary depending on make and model) and lightly grease with either butter, ghee spray or coconut oil spray.
- Once preheated, pour 1/4 cup of the batter per pancake onto the preheated griddle. Use a spatula to spread the batter out a little if needed. Cook for about 2 to 4 minutes. Once the pancakes are golden underneath and not runny on top, flip and cook for another minute or two.Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and keep warm in a low (200° - 250°) oven.
- Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve topped with butter, drizzled with real maple syrup and a sprinkle of chopped toasted pecans.
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