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carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

this last week has been a roller coaster ride....

last weekend, we got some amazing news that a project we had been working on getting (for our company Loud Click) decided to go with us. i cannot tell you how wonderful that news was to receive. we will be inking the deal in early april (fingers crossed).


(this was my project 365 photo for the day after getting the good news)

literally minutes after getting that wonderful news, i went to boot up my computer and all hell broke loose. it wouldn't load any programs and it felt as though i was running a 10 year old computer. i frantically began backing up all my data on to an external hard drive. because the computer was basically non-responsive, that backup took about 4 days. i am not exaggerating.

i finally got all the data and took the computer into the store i bought it from 6 months ago - yes 6 months ago - and they told me there was nothing wrong with the computer (of course) and that MAYBE my operating system was corrupted (whatever). they found no viruses and no notable problems (i want to scream).

i went home and began reinstalling windows 7. that took 2 days. i hesitate to write the following because i don't want to curse anything - but it seems like we are back in business. i have been transferring files back to the computer for the last 2 days. i am finally beginning to recognize my computer again.

it is really amazing how lost i felt without my computer & the internet. i have missed posting recipes, photos and most of all my twitter buddies. all i can say is i am incredibly thankful i didn't loose any data and that things are finally returning to normal.

end computer saga.

these carrot cake pancakes - oh dear god - they will blow your mind! when i first saw the recipe i knew i had to try it because of alex's great love of carrot cake but i honestly wasn't expecting much. i was blown away. all the spices, orange zest and carrots provide the sweet & spicy flavors that make these pancakes of another world. toasted walnuts and the grated carrots provide wonderful texture to the light and fluffy pancakes. the cinnamon honey butter to slather on top was equally incredible.  these would be perfect for breakfast for dinner or a lazy weekend breakfast.

i hope you enjoy & i am so glad to be back! oh - you may notice that i have begun to watermark my photos. i hate that i have to do this but darn it - i am sick of my photos getting stolen.

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter
adapted from Cooking Light Jan 2010 issue

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup toasted chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
pinch of ground ginger
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs - lightly beaten
2 cups grated carrot - about 1 pound
1 tablespoon orange zest
butter for pan
cinnamon honey butter (recipe below)
maple syrup

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in a large bowl with a whisk.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs together.

Add sugar mixture to the flour mixture and gently combine with a large spatula. Do not overmix.

Fold in the carrots, orange zest and walnuts.

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

Heat a cast iron skillet/griddle/other large skillet over medium heat. Coat the bottom with butter. Spoon (1/4 cup) batter into the skillet and gently spread the batter out a little bit. Cook for a couple minutes or until you see the top covered with bubbles. Flip over and cook another minute or two.

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

Keep pancakes warm in 190 degree oven until you are ready to serve. Serve with cinnamon honey butter (recipe below) and good ole maple syrup.

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

cinnamon honey butter

3 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey - use the best you have. i really love the unfiltered stuff.
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl until well incorporated.

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

carrot cake pancakes with cinnamon honey butter

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