Orange Pumpkin Pancakes with Vanilla Whipped Cream, Cinnamon Maple Syrup and Thick-Cut Bacon
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for egg whites
- 7 1/2 ounces canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup milk4 eggs, separated
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- Butter, for cooking pancakes
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Cinnamon Maple Syrup, for serving, recipe follows
- Vanilla Whipped Cream, for serving, recipe follows
- Thick-Cut Bacon, for serving, recipe follows
- Cinnamon Maple Syrup:
- 1 cup grade B maple syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Vanilla Whipped Cream:
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Thick-Cut Bacon:
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon (4 ounces)
Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Combine the pumpkin, milk, egg yolks, orange juice and zest in another bowl, mixing until homogenous. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the well and mix until combined.
Preheat the griddle.
Beat the egg whites with a pinch salt in a separate bowl, using a whisk or electric mixer, until the whites form stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites into the batter in thirds. Do this quickly and gently, so the pancakes will be light and fluffy.
Melt small pats of butter onto the griddle, and then spread them around with a paper towel to remove any excess. Spoon or ladle the batter onto the griddle to the desired size of the pancake. When the top of the pancakes are full of holes (look like bubbles have risen to the surface and burst), flip and cook until the bottoms are golden brown.Cinnamon Maple Syrup: Vanilla Whipped Cream:
Beat the cream and vanilla in a mixing bowl, using a whisk or hand beater, until the cream starts to thicken. Sprinkle in the sugar and beat until the cream is very light and fluffy and holds soft peaks. Yield: 3 cups.Thick-Cut Bacon:
Place the bacon in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Cook until the fat starts to render out and the bacon turns golden brown and crispy, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
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