Recipe Wednesday: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes!

December 12, 2012 at 8:02 am (Recipes)

Doesn’t that sound epic? Yeah, it is. I was starving, and trying to figure out what to make for breakfast. It’s my least favorite meal of the day. Sometimes it’s salty, sometimes sweet… I’m not a huge fan of eggs, and I don’t particularly like bread by itself. (I know, I’m totally strange.) So… I found this really cool recipe here: Cinnamon roll Pancakes

Now, I have 2 photos… they don’t look near as good as the photos, but… They were pretty darn good. We were out of practically everything except the pancake mix, and stuff to make the cinnamon swirl. I had some major problems getting the swirly part in, so the first couple pancakes had giant globs. Not so pretty, but it still tasted really good!

Here are my pancakes in the cooking process: photo (13)

And here are my finished pancakes!
photo (14)

I used plain old pancake mix- like I said, we were out of everything. So, I made the pancakes. Once I “dropped” them, I added the swirly part.

However, RecipeGirl has a recipe for pancakes. I took her recipe, but definitely go look at her photos. They’re 100x better than mine!

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, just melted (not boiling)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
2-ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

Prepare the cinnamon filling: In a medium bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a quart-sized heavy zip baggie and set it aside (see *Tips below).

Prepare the glaze: In a small pan, heat the butter over low heat until melted. Turn off the heat and whisk in the cream cheese until it is almost smooth. Sift the powdered sugar into the pan, stir and add in vanilla extract. Set the pan aside while you make the pancakes.

Prepare the pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in the milk, egg and oil, just until the batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).

Cook the pancakes: Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-heat and spray with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop (or 1/3 cup measuring cup) to add the batter to the pan. Use the bottom of the scoop or cup to spread the batter into a circle (about 4-inches in diameter). Reduce the heat to medium low. Snip the corner of your baggie of cinnamon filling and squeeze the filling into the open corner. When your pancake begins to form bubbles, add the filling. Starting at the center of the pancake, squeeze the filling on top of the pancake batter in a swirl (just as you see in a regular cinnamon roll). Cook the pancake 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake and it’s golden brown on the bottom. Slide a thin, wide metal spatula underneath the pancake and gently but quickly flip it over. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the other side is golden as well. When you flip the pancake onto a plate, you will see that the cinnamon filling has created a crater-swirl of cinnamon. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining pancake batter and cinnamon filling. Re-warm the glaze briefly, if needed. Serve pancakes topped with a drizzle of glaze.

Now, these turned out really epic. We didn’t have anything for the glaze on top, so I just used the left over cinnamon stuff. It tasted very good!


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