Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Pancakes + Cinnamon Roll = How could I resist!? In our house, we have pancakes AT LEAST once a week. We heart our pancake goodness. Mmmmm. Plus, my 1 year old is the most picky, ding dong, little eater EVER. So, when we find something she likes, we have it a lot. Yeah....

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Cream Cheese Icing. *drool* These were good. Like, yummy in my tummy, have a glass of milk by you, good. The best part about taking pictures of my food is that I get to eat however many I stack... Ha. I may be 957lbs by the this time next year, but dude, so worth it.

Recipe found HERE

 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 (if you're out of powdered sugar, check out my post about how to make 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.


*Quick and easy tip: Use a boxed pancake mix as the base for this recipe.

*Tips for the cinnamon filling: Before swirling, open up the baggie again and give it a good stir to re-incorporate any butter that may have separated from the sugar. You want the mixture to thicken a bit- it's best when it's similar to the squeezing texture of a tube of toothpaste, which will happen if you leave it at room temperature for several minutes. Don't try to use the filling for the pancake swirl unless it has thickened as it will be too runny to make a solid swirl.

*Keep the heat low or your pancakes might cook up too quickly. Don't flip them until you see those bubbles starting to pop on top. Flip them with a wide spatula so you can grasp the whole thing without batter and filling dripping all over the place!


Would I eat these every day?? If I could still fit into my jeans, yes.
Will I actually make these every day? No, maybe once a month for a yummy treat...
Good bribery for the kids?? Possibly... Don't judge.