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My best friend Debra often comes to Wildberry Lodge and we make a big mess in the kitchen testing new recipes. We have a lot of fun, and many times we can come up with several new recipes. This one is one of my favorites for fall.

Pumpkin pancakes topped with cranberry apple compote


Prep Time: 1 Hour
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
Servings: 6-7


  • 2 cups flour, lightly filled
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup toasted and chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp each: cloves, ginger, and nutmeg
  • 1¼ cups of milk
  • ½ cup of buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree/canned pumpkin
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ cup apple cider or apple juice
  • Whipped cream for decorating


    Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl (flour, baking powder and soda, sugar, salt, spices, and nuts).

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, and then add milk, buttermilk, pumpkin and vanilla.

  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg/milk/pumpkin mixture; stir to combine. Add melted butter; stir to combine.

  4. Preheat the griddle (seasoned cast iron is best) on moderate heat until it is hot enough to make a drop of water sizzle and bounce on the surface.

  5. Drop ¼ cup of batter on the griddle to form pancakes. Cook until bubbles form and just begin to burst on the surface of the pancake, then flip. Do not press.

  6. Cook on opposite side for approximately 1 minute or until cooked through and browned.

  7. You can measure the dry and wet ingredients in advance, just do not mix them until just before you are ready to cook. Sometimes the batter may feel a little thick depending on the flour; it’s okay to add a little extra milk to thin it, about 1–2 tbsp. should work.

    Melt butter and brown sugar in a large straight-sided frying pan.

  9. Add apples, cider, and cinnamon; cook covered over medium heat, stirring occasionally until apples are softened, approximately 10-15 minutes.

  10. Add cranberries, and then reduce heat to low and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally. Cook until they begin to pop ( 5-10 minutes). If the mixture becomes too thick/dry, add additional cider/juice.

  11. Remove from heat and serve over pancakes; top with whipped cream.

Recipe By: Glenda at Wildberry Lodge - September 16, 2021

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