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Apple Pumpkin Pancakes and Rum Spiced Apple Cider

Sick of fall inspired foods yet?  Me neither.

I did really well on my two practicals this week (thanks for asking), and am now preparing for a test on Monday and one on Tuesday.  And by preparing I mean Fritz and I made a scrumptious breakfast, did laundry, cleaned the house, I’m blogging, and making a yummy navel orange, avocado, and shrimp salad for when our good friends Bre and Zev come to visit this weekend!  So not really preparing for my tests at all.

But back to the food.  I had some pumpkin puree left over from the muffins I made, and I got to thinking about how I can transform my favorite fall squash into a breakfast food: pancakes!  I also decided to toss in some apple for a sweet twist.  And I hate to admit it, but because it was 8:00 on a Saturday morning I cheated and used Bisquick for the pancakes–but next time, I’d definitely make them myself and go whole wheat.

Apple Pumpkin Pancakes 

  • Pancake mix (for two), made according to directions
  • 1 empire apple, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • cinnamon sugar and maple syrup to top

 

Prepare the pancake mix as directed according to package and set aside (I used half skim milk and half water for my mix).  Next, peel and dice the apple.

Add the chopped apple to the pancake mix, then stir in the pumpkin puree.  At first I planned on leaving it swirled,  but I thought it would cook better (and look prettier) thoroughly mixed in.

 

When it came to cooking the pancakes, the first one I tried had a really irregular shape due to the apples, so I pulled out some of Fritz’s egg shapers (?! what are those things called?), which made perfectly shaped small pancakes.

 

Because of the pumpkin and the apple, these pancakes come out very moist and sweet and need very little butter and syrup to finish them off.  I just put a tiny pat of butter on Fritz’s, then sprinkled with some cinnamon sugar and a dash of maple syrup.  So good!

You really should make these.  I love finding delicious ways to use up leftovers!

On a completely different fall inspired note, when I was deep in the midst of studying this past week I made some spiced rum apple cider drink to keep me from collapsing into a orthopedics-induced stupor.  This was mostly inspired by my friends Angie (all the way from South Korea!) and Drew, who jokingly but seriously encouraged me to add alcohol to my favorite warm beverage.  What an excellent idea.

Rum Spiced Apple Cider (serves two)

  • 3 C apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 t allspice
  • 1/4 t cloves
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 oz rum
  • 1/2 T butter

 

Combine the apple cider, sugar, and spices in a saucepan over medium heat until hot.  Divide the rum and butter between two mugs while waiting for the cider to heat.  The butter (even though it seems weird) gives the cider a caramelly buttery taste that is perfect for cold weather.  It also made me feel a little bit like I was drinking butterbeer with Harry Potter.  Pour the cider over the rum and butter, and put one cinnamon stick into each mug.  Enjoy!

Thanks Ange and Drew–this helped me make it through those two tests! Now I need a new drink for the next two…

Today Fritz and I put our dual-control heat blanket on the bed, and actually set the thermostat to turn on at 5:00 in the morning so we no longer need to wake up in 55 degree weather.  Nothing like a heat blanket to make reading on a weekend feel like the most. amazing. thing. ever.  I might go do that right now!

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  1. Hannah

    New drink: “Hot Toddy” I have no idea what it is, but my mom used to suggest it any time someone was a bit under the weather and needed some, um, comfort.
    “Hadley cast-0ffs”: can Hadley ever truly be cast-off? How about Hand-me-down or Pre-inheritance? :)

    1. laurenzietsman

      I believe a hot toddy is tea with alchohol? one of my old roommate made it for me once, but I dont know what kind of tea it was or what kind of alchohol. Will investigate and attempt!

  2. Angela

    Hey love! Thanks for that bit of credit for the delicious apple cider. I was thinking of your next two tests, and as it might be a bit colder by then I would like to suggest a hot dark chocolate. I made it a week ago (found it at good housekeeping.com) and it was delicious. Unfortunately, good chocolate is quite expensive here (and it does have a few calories) so it is only a “sometimes food,” but it can be changed up a few ways.
    I had a couple friends over and we did the mexican, coffee-spiked, regular, and a mint variation of the recipe. All of them were very good. Here is the link to the recipe. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/hot-dark-chocolate-1333
    The mint is not on there, but I just added some Baileys Mint Chocolate to taste. Have fun experimenting! ♥

    1. laurenzietsman

      i LOOOVE hot chocolate, so thanks for the link! So far I’ve only tried mexican hot chocolate once and I didn’t like it..but I love the idea so I think I may have to try again :) miss you ange!

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