I made pumpkin pancakes and homemade (buttermilk) syrup to celebrate the first day of fall! I had planned to make pumpkin waffles, but I couldn't find the recipe I used last fall. (We bought a case of pumpkin pie mix last year, and we have been trying to use it up ever since then. The problem is that most recipes call for canned pureed pumpkin--not pumpkin pie mix. This lost recipe actually used what we have.) I googled recipes and came up with two; I went with the one that required less ingredients.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: You win some, you lose some. These pumpkin waffles were a major fail. Despite using plenty of oil to oil the waffle iron, they were sticking like CRAZY. I threw out the first one and tried again. I thought maybe I just needed to leave it in there longer, so I left it in there three times as long, AND IT STILL STUCK! I added in some more baking mix and an egg (yeah, the original recipe didn't call for an egg) to the batter. It still stuck! So I tried pancakes...and they were not flippable! So I added YET ANOTHER EGG and tried again. This time the pancakes came out just fine. It may have been because I had to use regular sugar over what was called (brown sugar) since we were out. But after researching, it seems like that shouldn't have made too big of a difference in the waffle/pancake recipe. I think the problem lay in the fact that it used water over milk and no eggs. Needless to say, I will not be using that recipe again.
I almost gave up, but I had already put my buttermilk syrup on. It was causing problems on its own since I didn't have any buttermilk and was worried my substitute (vinegar + milk) wasn't going to work. Thankfully, it did! I LOVE this stuff. It is like CRACK. How did you ring in the new season??