Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Autumn Arrived

It's been a great summer season at Timbercliffe Cottage and autumn arrived just as schedule and we welcomed it with open arms.  As many know we love decorating the inn with pumpkins everywhere.  Karen enjoys driving to Beth's farm in Warren, Maine at least once or twice a week.  A majority of our produce is purchased here.   From the interesting pumpkin varieties to heirloom apples and fall berries, in our opinion it just doesn't get any better.

Cool nights and warm sunny days have cooperated with mother nature this year and the colors have been fantastic.  We have been burning wood in the library fireplace each evening for our guests and of course they have enjoyed the fireplace in the parlor with interesting conversation and also late night quiet times to read a book.

We sincerely hope that as the the seasons change you have time to spend with your family and loved ones.

Here is the recipe for Karen's Pumpkin Pancakes adapted from Taste of Home.  Karen changed the recipe to incorporate seasonal spices in the finished recipe.

Pumpin Pancakes

1 - 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 eggs
1-1/3 cups whole milk
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese

In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, pumpkin and ricotta cheese.  Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened (approximately 4 min).  Cook until the second side is gold brown.  Serve with butter, toasted pecans and Maine maple syrup.