Monday, March 04, 2013

Pancake Sunday: Sweet!!

The Sweet-ish Chef! Ja, You betcha!
Even though I never had a big enough kitchen to "share" with my son when he was growing up, he developed a love of cooking.  I'm not quite sure how.  I vaguely remember helping him scramble eggs and saute chicken tenders... but Martha or Julia I am not, nor ever was!  He mixed cookie dough in a cement-sized mixer in the wee hours for Cookie Bouquet (Now Edible Arrangements) as a part time job in high school, and was a chef at a Japanese Language Immersion camp in Minnesota.  So when his wife asked him via FB to make g iced, cinnamon pancakes, (and he agreed) I shamelessly wangled an invitation.

Smart move!  Even though they required almost every bowl, measuring cup, and square inch of available counter space, (not to mention outrageous amounts of butter and sugar)  they were heavenly.  YUM YUM.  Worth the risk of sugar coma!  (It was also very satisfying to have gifted him and his wife with a new griddle which made the cooking part go quicker.)
 There was occasional assistance from HRH the Granddaughter.  Here she is "putting away" Daddy's phone.

 There was ample Granpa and Granddaughter time.  They read at least three books, laughed and giggled. Mom got to sleep late.  She works an overnight shift on Saturdays and deserves every break she can get.
 Grandma was tickled to see them reading books she had gotten autographed by the author.  :-D
In case you want to make the AWESOME CINNAMON PANCAKES  (recipe snarfed from who knows where in the 'net.  If it is "yours", let me know and I'll be glad to give full attribution and kudos.)  By the way, for any "normal" sized family, HALF of the recipe would be plenty!!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes


for the Pancakes:
4 cups all-purpose flour
8 tsps baking powder
2 tsp. salt
4 cups milk
4 tbsps vegetable oil
4 large eggs, lightly beaten

for the Cinnamon Filling
1 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp ground cinnamon

for the Cream Cheese Glaze
1/2 cup butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla


To make the Cinnamon Filling:
Mix the three ingredients together. Place in a disposable piping bag and snip the end off or put in a Ziploc bag and snip the corner off.

To make the Pancakes:
Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Stir them together until everything is moistened leaving a few lumps.

Heat your griddle to exactly 325 degrees. You don't want these too cook too quickly, and you won't want your cinnamon to burn.

Make desired size pancake on greased griddle and then using the piping bag and starting at the center of the pancake, create a cinnamon swirl. Wait until the pancake has lots of bubble before you try to turn it. You will find that when you turn it the cinnamon swirl will melt. The cinnamon will melt out and create the craters which the cream cheese glaze will fill.

To make the Cream Cheese Glaze:
In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter and cream cheese and then stir together. Whisk in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add a little milk if needed to make
it a glaze consistency.

Place pancake on plate, then cover with cream cheese glaze.

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