Celebrate National Pancake Day
As you may know, if you’ve been keeping up with us lately, I had surgery back in January and have been spending a LOT of time in my recliner! Last week I happened to catch the end of an episode of Brunch At Bobby’s where Chef Bobby Flay was preparing these delicious looking Cinnamon Bun Pancakes. These pancakes looked so yummy and I knew I had to attempt to recreate them in my own kitchen.
Because I’m not totally on my feet after surgery I knew whatever I made had to be fairly simple since I would need to be able to prepare it while sitting on a bar stool in my kitchen. I don’t normally cook breakfast for my family, except on the occasional weekends, so what better time to have pancakes than for dinner!
I admit, the pancakes didn’t turn out as pretty as I wanted, but I know what I need to do in the future to make them more of a cinnamon swirl than a cinnamon blob! Regardless of how they looked they tasted great! Since today is National Pancake Day I wanted to share this recipe with you, but first let’s talk about why today is National Pancake Day.
Since 2006, IHOP restaurants have been celebrating National Pancake Day and in that time they have raised nearly 20 million dollars to help support charities in the communities where they operate. On March 8th, 2016 from 7 AM to 7 PM, IHOP guests can celebrate the eleventh annual National Pancake Day and enjoy a FREE short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes. In exchange for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities.
Be sure to visit your local IHOP today to enjoy your free pancakes and make a donation to make a difference in the lives of children and families in your community.
Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes
If you can’t make it to IHOP today you can still enjoy these delicious Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes at home. You can make these pancakes “from scratch” but since I was going for “easy” I used a packaged pancake mix.
If you do decide to make your pancakes from scratch, rather than use a packaged mix, here’s what you will need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
If you decide to use a packaged mix, follow the directions on the package when preparing the pancake batter.
For Cinnamon Swirls:
1/2 Cup Butter, melted
3/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1. Prepare the cinnamon mixture ahead of time as it will need to thicken up prior to using it. Melt the butter, add brown sugar and cinnamon and mix together until the sugar dissolves. Place mixture in a Ziploc bag or pastry bag. Allow mixture to thicken before using.
2. Mix together pancake mixture.
3. Preheat large skillet or griddle to a medium-high heat. Spray non-stick cooking spray on griddle or pan.
4. Pour pancake mixture onto cooking surface. I find that it is easiest to use a small measuring cup to scoop the batter.
5. Allow pancakes to cook until pancake begins to develop bubbles.
6. Cut the tip off of the bag with the cinnamon mixture. You want to only cut a teeny tiny piece off of the corner of the bag. I made the mistake of cutting to large of a hole which meant that my cinnamon mixture came out to fast and thick.
7. Swirl cinnamon mixture on top of pancakes. Allow to cook for another 45 to 60 seconds. Flip pancakes with the cinnamon side down and allow to cook until pancakes are cooked thru.
8. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!
One variation of this recipe is to prepare a glaze for the pancakes. I found that the pancakes were so sweet that a glaze or even maple syrup was not needed. It’s like eating a flattened cinnamon roll.
My family loved these pancakes and I plan to make them again soon. Now that I know to only cut a tiny tip off of the bag maybe my next pancakes will be prettier. But pretty or not, they sure tasted great!
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