Pear and Pumpkin Pancakes with Cider Syrup

Chilly fall mornings are back! Before bundling up the family for a trip to the pumpkin patch, fill them up with a hearty breakfast that celebrates the season. Grated pears add sweetness to a fall favorite, pumpkin pancakes, limiting the sugar and bumping up the nutrition. Here it’s best to use a tender, juicy pear variety that is on the sweeter side, such as Bartlett, Comice, Anjou, or Starkrimson. To top it off, pear cider is cooked down with maple syrup to make a simple yet delicious all-natural syrup for drizzling. Serve with bacon and eggs for a complete brunch while entertaining houseguests when the holidays roll around. These fluffy flapjacks are sure to be a new family favorite. Makes 12 pancakes (serves 4 to 6) Pancakes 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking Continue reading

Smoky Pear Bites

Last Friday, after a long week of work, I went home hungry, hot, and tired. I didn’t feel like turning on the oven, but I needed food, fast. I wanted something sweet, but salty. Easy, but tasty. And then I remembered: Smoky Pear Bites! I came across this simple and ingenious recipe on one of my favorite blogs a few months ago, and I don’t know why I didn’t try it earlier. It combines one of the tastiest meats (bacon) with my favorite fruit (pears). Best of all, it’s perfect for sharing at parties and backyard barbecues. Check out the original recipe at The Clothes Make The Girl. Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn