Posts Tagged ‘maple syrup’

“Pumpkin Pie” Pancakes

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

This recipe comes from the Weight Watchers Comfort Classics cookbook, just like those Ham & Cheese quiches. Can I say that this is my favorite Weight Watchers cookbook? Because it is. Normally, I’m not too impressed with Weight Watchers official recipes–they tend to be too bland for my tastes. But so far, we’ve tried the Pumpkin Pie Pancakes, the Mini-Quiches, the Macaroni & Cheese, the Oven-Fried Chicken with Sage Gravy, and the Tandoori Chicken, and all were very tasty.

But out of all of the ones we’ve tried these pancakes were my favorite so far.

These were good enough to order in a restaurant. In fact, there’s a pumpkin pancake that Leah and I love at our local brunch spot, the Bongo Room, and these rivaled those tasty cakes–for what I’m certain is a fraction of the points. The only thing missing is the Bongo Room’s amazing vanilla bean sauce. Next time I make these pancakes, I think I’d try to make something along those lines.

pumpkin pancakes

“Pumpkin Pie” Pancakes
Adapted from Weight Watchers Comfort Classics, Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

1. Whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk the buttermilk, pumpkin, butter, and egg in another bowl until blended. Add the flour mixture to the buttermilk mixture, stirring just until blended.

2. Spray a large nonstick griddle with nonstick spray and set over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles on it, pour the batter onto the skillet by scant 1/4 cupfuls. Cook just until bubbles begin to appear at the edges of the pancakes, 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook until golden, 2-3 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining batter, making a total of 8 pancakes. Serve with the maple syrup.

Nutritional Info: (Serving = 2 pancakes with 1 tablespoon maple syrup) 222 Cal, 6 g Fat, 2 g Fiber. Points: 5

Maple-Mustard Roast Pork Chops with Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

This recipe is from “Everyday with Rachael Ray.” Sort of. It’s actually taken from the magazine’s “No Recipe Zone” feature, which lists ingredients and outlines a general method, but doesn’t specify quantities or procedure like a regular recipe would. This month’s article is called “Let’s Roast!” and the result is a pork roast flavored with maple syrup, mustard, and fresh herbs with roasted potatoes.

Because it was a weeknight, in real Rachael Ray style, I subbed pork loin chops for the whole pork loin to shorten the cook time. Otherwise, everything was pretty much the same. Both the pork and the potatoes turned out well. The potatoes were very tasty. The pork was good, not great, but I’ll probably give this one another chance. They suggest marinating the pork for at least an hour, but I only had time for half an hour or so. The flavor would’ve been better for sure if the pork had more time to marinate.

Maple-Mustard Roast Pork Chops with Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
Adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray (February 2009)

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, plus 6 sprigs
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 pork loin chops, 1 1/2 inch thick (About 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 6 yukon gold potatoes
  • salt and pepper

1. In a ziploc bag, mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil, the mustard, maple syrup, chopped rosemary and garlic. Add the pork and turn in the mixture to coat; refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°. Place the rosemary sprigs in the center of a roasting pan. Place the marinated pork chops on top of the rosemary. Cut the bacon slices in half and top each pork chop with two half slices.

3. Scatter the potatoes around the pork and drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil; toss to mix. Season the pork and potatoes with salt and pepper. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with the roasted potatoes.