food thursday: pumpkin pancakes

I’m sticking with the Northern Michigan theme again today. Why? Because we found a new favorite breakfast spot in Mackinaw City that I want to share (new to us, it’s been there for more than 40 years). And because I like Northern Michigan darn it.

On our way to the ferries to spend the day on lovely Mackinac Island we had our choice of restaurants for breakfast. We randomly decided to try the Pancake Chef which is right at the end of Central Ave – sort of the main drag in Mackinaw City. Some of our group chose the breakfast buffet, which as far as buffets go is a very good one. Plus for kids 10 and under they only charge .50 per year. And let me tell you – my 5yo can eat a lot of food for $2.50!! But some of us decided the specialty pancakes on the menu of the pancake chef couldn’t be ignored. I had the pecan pancakes… delicious. Miss E had the chocolate chip pancakes – no surprise for my chocolate-loving child. But the hit of the table were the pumpkin pancakes. Declared a house specialty they did not disappoint. We raved about them enough that our waitress kindly shared the recipe. Which I’m now kindly sharing with you. And if you ever get the chance to wander UP North be sure to stop at the Pancake Chef and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pancakes
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp all spice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups pancake mix

– In a medium size bowl, combine pumpkin, cinnamon, all spice, cloves, brown sugar and egg. Mix well.
– In a separate larger bowl, mix the water and pancake mix. Blend the pumpkin mix into the pancake mix.
– Warm up your griddle and get flipping!


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