With the onset of fall, the grocery stores are stocking their shelves with everything pumpkin! A recent trip to the local Trader Joe’s store found my grocery cart filled with all kinds of seasonal goodies.
One of the items that I picked up was Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s, a pumpkin flavored breakfast cereal. Although it was good as cereal, it didn’t take me long to figure out what I wanted to do with it.
When our youngest was studying in Baltimore, we became acquainted with what soon became our favorite breakfast place – The Blue Moon Cafe. This tiny restaurant – truly a hole-in-the-wall – served up the best breakfast in town. Their signature dish was something they called “Captain Crunch French Toast”. It was good enough that after eating it, my father, a man of few words, exclaimed “I would come back to Baltimore for this!”
After tasting this cereal, I knew that it would make a perfect coating for my version of this Baltimore treat. . . . and it did not disappoint. Golden, crispy, mild pumpkin and spice flavor . . . . It was a real winner.
The recipe is simple – but greatly enhanced by using pumpkin butter in the egg mixture. Warm maple syrup makes a perfect topping – but if you can find some spiced apple cider syrup to top it with. . . .
What’s that? You don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your area? Not to worry. Sprouts Marketplace carries the same cereal. Theirs is called Pumpkin Loops. Wherever you find it, the cereal is seasonal – only on the shelves for a short time. . . so you will want to pick up a few boxes before they disappear.