Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween housewarming, pumpkin pancakes

This weekend, in honor of Halloween--one of our very favorite holidays--Dana and I threw our first party in our new place. As it doubled as a housewarming and Evil League of Evil shindig (see here if you can't place the name), we got a pretty wide ranging group of invitees: a parade of family and friends ranging from high school, college, grad school, and the working world. With the candy handed out to trick or treaters (we got a grand total of 5 kids traveling in two bunches) and our frightening pun-laden costumes woven from the fabric of free and cheaply obtained materials, we warmed this house like crazy.

Speaking of the costumes, way back in early October--in the very beginnings of our preparation for the party--Dana and I made a pact with our best friends, Jack and Nicole: if we could costume them, they could costume us. Anything that didn't involve nudity was fair game, no questions asked. The result of this was that Dana joined the party as Mer-Maid (a mermaid maid), and I became Velocirapture (basically a dinosaur pope). Jack was Doctor Scalpel, meanwhile, and Nicole went as Night Mare (an evil unicorn. We toyed with the rather droll Bad unicorn but just couldn't resist this name). Obviously, we are well matched in awful terrible puns.

Here are Jack and Nicole. Look for our costumes in a bonus pictures post in a couple of days!
It was good times, but that's not what I want to tell you about. This is:

Since we had friends coming from all over the state, our afterparty activity was setting up a bunch of makeshift beds for people to crash on and the next morning we got to do something that's still pretty new to us. We got to cook for a crowd.

For the occasion, we went with a topical choice, a double batch of Martha Stewart's simple pumpkin pancakes. This with some strong coffee, a hefty dose of water, and a huge slab of fatty hangover-clearing bacon really hit the spot.

Pumpkin Pancakes (double recipe, makes 16-20 3-inch pancakes which serves about 6)
  • 2-1/2 cups AP Flour
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 cups milk
  • 12 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs
Sift together the dry ingredients in a largish bowl. In a separate medium bowl combine wet ingredients well and then fold into dry. Let sit for a couple of minutes while you melt butter into a skillet over medium heat and then measure into pan in 1/4 cup increments. You know how to do the rest, they're pancakes for God's sake.
As we were making these entirely too early in the morning after a big party (I'm talking like 10am), I didn't stray too far from the recipe. But if I make them again--and I think I will, they were really tasty and even the double batch went entirely too fast--I'd add another 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and possibly go for cake flour instead of the AP for a bit of a lighter crumb. As it was though, I was definitely happy with the lightness of the cakes and the pumpkin was subtle enough to blend but still forward enough to stand out while smothered in warm syrup.
Now that I've extolled our embarrassing costumes and our next-morning dish, it's your turn. What did you dress up as this Halloween?

1 comment:

Alex Solla said...

When I read about all the fun you two are having, I am so jealous. Here on the rehab floor, I was granted permission to cook on Halloween. So I made Pumpkin Crunch Bars which turned out like a cross between pumpkin pie and pecan pie, in a crumbly-gooey bar form. Good stuff. Only down side: I seem to have lost my sweet tooth. Might only be temporary, but I couldnt even make it through a whole cookie. Weird eh?

Dana, THANK YOU for coming out here to help. I only wish I could have been conscious and able to say hello and spend time with you... but then again, that's why you came out... so THANKS! Just know that you and Justin are very very missed.