First Halloween with Pumpkin Flax Pancakes

First Halloween: Pumpkin Flax Pancakes

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Our first Halloween in the United States.

Being away from the States, I had forgotten what a big cultural phenomenon this was. The celebratory feeling – you can’t go through the day without bumping into something Halloween-esque everywhere. It is contagious and you can’t be indifferent to what I think may be the most fun-based holiday ever. Today, it is all about people having fun.

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The excitement of Magnus has been building up in the last few weeks. Being a family of Halloween novices, we have done our best to be quick learners of what all this means. We have decorated our garden. We have the candies. The boys have their costumes and we scoped out places to visit for trick-ro-treating With that, I hope tonight will be a magical night for him, trick-or-treating in the dark from house to house, discovering classical treats like candy corn and putting on his black Ninja costume he coveted for so long.

We started the day with pumpkin pancakes – with Magnus as Ninja and Cy as Batman – and headed to the school parade.

The first of many American holidays to come.

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Pumpkin Flax Pancakes

1 ¼ cup milk

½ cup pumpkin (pureed cooked pumpkin or canned)

2 tbsp melted butter

2 eggs

1 cup cake flour or white flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground flax seeds

Maple Syrup or brown sugar to serve

Dry Sushi seaweed, candies, fruits to decorate

  1. In a bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, melted butter and eggs.
  2. In anther bowl, mix the flours, sugar, baking powder and flax seeds.
  3. Mix 1 and 2 together until smooth.
  4. Head a pan/griddle with oil and with a ladle, pour the batter for one or two pancakes and cook until the edges become dark and a small bubble starts to form, about 3-4 minutes. Flip over the other side and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Place a pancake on a plate and decorate with cut seaweeds, nuts, candies, and serve with a sprinkle of brown sugar or syrup.
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