I can’t seem to get enough pumpkin this time of year. I’ll be over it by the beginning of December, but right now I’m adding it to everything.
I try to keep my recipes simple, so this one is made with Bisquick. You remember Bisquick right? My mom used to use it for everything and so did I as a young mother. But then I read the label and, having sworn off partially hydrogenated soy bean oil just months prior, decided it had to go.
Then last month my daughter bought some for something she was making and informed me they had gotten rid of the partially hydrogenated soy bean oil! Still probably not as good for you as whole grains and home made… but a whole lot easier!
So of course, when she had some Bisquick left I HAD to do something fun with it. My kids always tease me about my waffle maker, true it’s a million years old, but it still works great. There’s actually a story behind it. When I was in my late 20’s and my oldest daughter was just a year old I wanted to organize my pantry and after doing some research I decided the at the Tupperware Modular Mate system would work great. Keep in mind, this was before the Container Store came to town and way before Ikea made it’s appearance. My choices were severely limited so Tupperware seemed like the way to go. Only problem was… I needed over $1000 worth of the stuff to accomplish my goal. So what did I do? I went to work as a Tupperware consultant! I’m not the high pressure sales type so I didn’t sell a ton of it but I booked parties and had some sales and purchased those Modular Mates at a discounted price with the money I made.
Where is this story going? I’m gettingto that. Tupperware had weekly Ra-Ra meetings I used to call them, where everyone would show up and get rewards for their sales and recruiting. There would be music and clapping. It seemed rather cult-ish to me, but I went to a few of them. During one of the meetings I attended, I apparently reached a sales goal level and was awarded – of all things – a brand new Betty Crocker Waffle Maker. So that’s where I got this stained and dated waffle maker and it’s been making great waffles for over 20 years! I still have some of those Modular Mates too!
Let’s get started! This recipe is so easy!
- 2 cups Bisquick Baking Mix
- 1 Cup Milk (cow, almond, soy, etc.)
- 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
- 1/2 tsp Orange Flavoring or 1 Tablespoon of frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmet
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- Handful of walnuts – chopped
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon milk (cow, almond, soy, etc.)
- 1/2 tsp orange extract
Mix all of the waffle ingredients together adding the walnuts last. The batter should be fairly thick. My test is to take a spoonful and turn it over in my mixing bowl, if it pours out quickly it’s too thin. If it’s a blob and just sits there it’s too thick. It should come out slowly and thick-ly. If your batter is too thin add a little more Bisquick, if it’s too thick add more milk or pumpkin.
Now you’re ready to cook in your pre-heated waffle iron. While it’s cooking, make the glaze, just mix the powdered sugar with the milk and orange extract. You can make more if you’d like, make it thicker or thinner by adjusting the powdered sugar / milk ratios.
Yum – enjoy hot and sticky yummy-ness!
This is a versatile recipe, you can also substitute the pumpkin for banana, applesauce, apple butter, preserves, whatever you have around the house will work. Of course it will change the flavor accordingly.
Happy Fall Breakfast!!