When the temperature drops, there’s nothing better than a hot breakfast. Pancakes are a perfect solution. They’re easy to make and go great with coffee or hot cocoa.
These pancakes, which taste like cinnamon buns, are a new favorite of mine. They take a little more time to prepare than regular pancakes, but they’re worth the extra effort.
CINNAMON BUN PANCAKES
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes per batch
Makes: 8 4-inch pancakes
¼ cup pecans, toasted
½ cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch fine salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup milk
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon fine salt
Canola oil, for cooking
Grind: To make swirl, toss nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, soda and salt in the food processor. Grind fine. Stir in melted butter. Scrape this paste into a small ziptop bag.
Mash: To make glaze, beat together butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Thin with a little milk. Scrape into a small ziptop bag.
Whisk: To make batter, settle butter in a large bowl. Zap to melt. Whisk in, in order: egg, buttermilk and milk. Sift in flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk briefly. Let rest 10 minutes.
Swirl: Set a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Slick with just a little oil. Scoop on batter, using a 1/3-cup measure. Nudge each pancake into a 4-inch circle. Snip a corner off the swirl bag. Squeeze on a spiral of the nutty paste.
Crisp: As pancakes cook, trace over the swirl with a toothpick or knife-tip; this will help the swirl sink. Cook until the center of each pancake is speckled with popping bubbles, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the other side is browned, 1 minute. Keep warm in a 200-degree oven while crisping remaining cakes, adding oil as needed. Wipe the skillet with an oiled paper towel between batches.
Serve: Stack up two cakes, swirl side up, on each of 4 plates. Snip a corner off the glaze bag. Drizzle with glaze. Dig in.
M. Clare Haefner enjoys cooking for family and friends. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-501-7551.