The mix of softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, swirled onto the uncooked side of a pancake, then flipped, melts and makes one side of the pancake extra delicious with a perfect crispy ring where the butter kind of fries the swirl. Did that make sense? Just make them and you'll understand.
Here's what you'll need:
|not pictured: milk and sugar. oops :)|
your usual pancake ingredients or mix
(I like to add a spoonful of sugar and a splash of vanilla to my boxed pancake mix batter.)
1/2 stick of butter; softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 t cinnamon (I actually used pumpkin pie spice)
- First, mix up your favorite pancake mix as you usually would. If you're using a boxed mix, then adding about a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla will make them extra light and fluffy. I added about 1 cup of canned pumpkin to mine and ended up adding probably another 1/2 cup of milk to get the batter back to normal pancake consistency.
- When the batter is ready, ladle some onto a heated griddle or skillet set on medium heat. I don't usually butter the griddle since it's pretty non-stick. But you can if you need to.
- Right after ladling out some batter, squeeze some of the butter/cinnamon mixture onto the uncooked sides of the pancakes in a swirl.
- When the pancake batter starts to bubble on the top and the butter swirl looks melty, flip the pancakes as usual. Cook until done then flip them onto a plate so you can see that beautiful cinnamon swirl. Stack them up high, then cover with syrup and enjoy! If you're feeling extra fancy, you could make cream cheese icing to spoon over the top, like you'd have on regular cinnamon rolls :)
|Mmmmm, that's the buttery goodness crisping up the bottom of the pancake.|
These are sooooo tasty, and even I couldn't quite finish 3 of them! It's such an easy way to fancy up some plain pancakes. AND, they freeze pretty well. Joe had already eaten breakfast when I made these so I had lots of leftovers. If you just put them in single serving baggies, you can pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds or so for a quick snack. They really don't even need syrup since one side is buttery and sugary.