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'Gilmore Girls' recipe: Luke's pumpkin pancakes

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ANNABEL CHIA | STAFF

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AUGUST 11, 2022

The warm red hues and cozy visuals in “Gilmore Girls” set the show up as an encapsulation of comfort. Rory Gilmore always reminds me of knit sweaters and hot coffee mugs. Little things such as breakfast at Luke’s diner or visiting the Independence Inn looks so fun in the show. All I want to do is teleport to Stars Hollow to gain the whole “Gilmore Girls” experience. 

I’m sure this is a shared feeling by many viewers, since who doesn’t crave a bit of comfort from time to time? As I can’t exactly jump through the screen, the best I can do is try to bring those sweet feelings in the show to my very own life. The easiest way to bring Stars Hollow to reality would be through the delicious food! I wouldn’t exactly be able to build Luke’s front yard chuppah, would I? 

I’ve noticed that comfort food is a central theme in “Gilmore Girls.” I’m glad that the show’s writer incorporated this theme because something as mundane as an American breakfast platter is now associated with the show in my head!

Rory and Lorelai are constantly eating food from Luke’s diner that looks delicious. However, Luke’s pumpkin pancakes he made for the girls in the fourth season were something I’ve been dying to try. I decided to recreate them, since I’m obsessed with pumpkin-flavored foods such as pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. This dish is right up my alley! 

With the upcoming fall season, eating pumpkin pancakes is the perfect way to pretend that you’re at Luke’s diner, enjoying a cozy meal and chatting it up with an eccentric brunette. Here’s a delicious recipe for fluffy homemade pumpkin pancakes! 

Pumpkin Pancakes

Yields 4 large pancakes

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter (melted) 
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon 

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients (pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, butter and milk) with the sugar until homogenous.
  2. Add in flour, baking powder, spices and salt. Stir together until it’s mostly combined, but don’t overmix it! It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy as the batter should be thick. 
  3. Heat up a pan, and when it’s hot, add in a bit of butter or oil so the pancakes don’t stick. 
  4. Pour about ¼ to ½ cup of pancake batter onto the pan. It should be thick and fluffy, so you might need to spread it around to make a circular shape. 
  5. Let the pancake cook for about 2 minutes. Then, flip and let the other side cook for another 2 minutes. 
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the rest of the pancakes. 
  7. You’re done! You should have a stack of super fluffy pancakes now! They’re best served with some butter and syrup. Don’t forget the coffee!

I’m obsessed with this recipe. These pancakes are ridiculously airy and oh-so comforting. I hope you try this out because seriously, you don’t want to miss out on these! 

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