By Meg Ryan
2:42 PM PDT, October 24, 2011
Somewhere in between a plain ol' pancake drenched in the purest maple syrup and a slice of your mother's best pumpkin pie slathered with whipped cream is ... pumpkin pancakes. So perfectly scrumptious, the thought that pops into one's head (while chewing) is, really, we shouldn't be able to eat these for breakfast. This, one imagines, could easily finish a fine meal with your romantic other. They deserve better than breakfast, anyway.
But they are breakfast in the Bill and Margo DuBois family. No toaster fast food. No granola bars. At dinner every night, they discuss who will do what towards getting breakfast on the table in the morning with their three children: Eddie, 16, a junior at Southwest High; Will, 15, a freshman; and Isabelle, 12, a McCabe seventh grader. “Foodies” they apparently are, if you accept the common definition of them as people who plan the next meal while eating the previous one.
But even if toaster fast food and granola bars are all your schedule can handle during the week, these extraordinary pancakes could take the loftiest, the most regal of breakfasts: Sunday morning.
Margo makes them look easy to make. You don't need to get out your mix master, your blender, or your food processor. Just a really big bowl and a spoon will do. You do need to take a look at the ingredients before grocery shopping, so you'll have everything on hand come that magic Sunday.
Margo is accustomed to teaching in the kitchen. A 4-H project leader, she's been in charge of the Boys Food and Nutrition project for several years. Her own children know how to be safe while frying bacon, and they aren't adverse to wearing an apron to protect their clothes. Some of the 4-H boys need a little time before the same can be said of them. Pumpkin Pancakes and other perfectly delicious goodies Margo concocts go a long way toward ultimately winning the boys' complete cooperation.
Margo does caution that it is not in the best interests of these pancakes to over-mix the batter. It won't be perfectly smooth, but it also won't have pockets of dry ingredients either. Because the DuBois value sound nutrition, they serve these with bacon and several slices of fruit.
On weekdays. When everybody else is at a dead run trying to be on time to work and school. Breakfast is in the car.
The DuBois family? Eating the most heavenly of all pancakes, like kings and queens.
You've got to try them.
Find the Pumpkin Pancakes recipe by Margo Dubois in the September/October 2011 edition of Valley Women Magazine in print or our online E-Edition.
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