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Pancake Day Pumpkin Pancakes

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Pancake Day Pumpkin Pancakes

It’s Pancake Day across the land and here in Newfoundland we take it seriously.

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday, had its origins steeped in religion and in Britain. Shrove Tuesday was named for the religious practice of confessing one's sins and being 'shriven' or 'shrove' by the priest immediately before the 40 days of Lent began. So in reality, the custom originated as the last evening before Lent was the time to eat up all of the fatty, rich, ‘pleasurable’ foods like meat, eggs, and dairy.

The pancake day tradition came across the pond with our ancestors years ago and has become a strong custom here on the rock. Needless to say we’ve made it our own.

Back in the day, Newfoundlanders would cook small items into the pancakes to predict the future of their family members: If a boy finds something in his pancakes, it was foretelling his job or trade when he grew up. If a girl found something, it was to do with the type of man she will marry, not about herself.

Here are some of the pancake day items familiar to my family;
Wedding ring meant you would be the first to marry.
A pin or safety pin meant you would be a seamstress or tailor.
Money, meant you would be rich.
A button meant you would be an old maid or bachelor.
A piece of wood (a match stick or toothpick) or a nail meant you would be a carpenter.
A piece of straw from the broom meant you would be a housewife and doomed to a life of chores.

As society moved away from gender based stereotypes, the modern day form of Pancake Day changed as well. Parents now hide carefully washed coins in pancakes. This practise of adding money was helped along greatly with the introduction of the one-dollar coin (1987), and later the two-dollar coin (1996). Kids, delighted at the prospect of getting 10 or 20 smackeroos in a plate of pancakes, figured it was worth the risk of tummy ache from eating too many pancakes.

These pumpkin pancakes are a lovely addition to your pancake day line up. Top them with a little of our Buttery Rich pancake syrup and you’re all set!

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time10 min


For the pancakes

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp egg protein powder or plain collagen (optional)
  • 2 tsp powdered sweetener (optional)
  • 11/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp of salt



In a medium sized bowl, whisk all the ingredients together until smooth.
Add oil to a large sized frying pan over medium high heat. We want the pancakes to hit the pan with high heat then turn them back to cook inside.
Spoon in 1/4 cup portions of batter into the hot pan, (we use a 1/4 cup measuring cup here) then turn your burner back to low.
Let the pancakes cook on the lower heat until set, about 3 minutes. Watch for the bubbles to erupt in the batter, a pancake full of bubbles means it’s ready to flip. One or two bubbles means its not ready yet.
Flip and cook for another 30-45 seconds on the second side.

Remember to turn your pan back up when you’re reloading your pan!
Don't use whey (to substitute for the egg powder)for keto!
For a more pumpkin-y pancake, increase pumpkin to one cup. This will up the pumpkin taste but will make the pancakes more dense and soggy
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