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25 April 2012

I think I found breakfast Nirvana....

I think I have found the most awesome pancakes in existence. Check out Recipe Girl's page for this and other yummy indulgences. I tried them on my housemates this morning, and three out of three people agree: we all agree. And for those interested, Polly seems to be doing ok....whew!
I made a few changes from her original: a little sugar and vanilla in the pancake batter, and upped the cinnamon in the swirl. I also make a different glaze.
Having toothpaste consistency in the swirl is really important, or else you get cinnamon splort. Which is not the worst thing that can happen. It's just not as pretty.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes


4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, baaaaaarely melted (not boiling)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Mix and scoop the filling into a  zip baggie and set it aside. Squish the bag to remix before you start swirling.letting it cool will thicken it, warming will thin it. Isn't science fun??

2-ounces cream cheese, warmed
2 tsp milk
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
use the microwave to warm (cautiously) and mix until it is viscous liquid, about honey consistency.

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
1 large egg

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil or melted BUTTER!! (Thanks, Paula Deen!)

My (Barb's) rule of pancake batter is beat with a whisk/fork 100 strokes. Don't be lazy and use a mixer!


 Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-heat and butter that baby up. Use a 3/4 cup measuring cup to add the batter to the pan. Reduce the heat to medium low. Keep the heat low or your pancakes might cook up too quickly, and the sugar will burn and smoke. Snip the corner of your baggie of cinnamon filling and squeeze the filling into the open corner. When your pancake begins to form bubbles, start at the center of the pancake, and squeeze the filling in a swirl (see photo below). 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 spatula (shout out to my buddy Barb D for the most awesome spatula EVER) 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 crunchy cinnamon awesomeness. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel (or else you have that carbonizing sugar problem again), and repeat. Re-warm the glaze briefly, if needed. Serve pancakes topped with a drizzle of glaze.  After consuming, go directly to gym and start walking it off.


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