“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
When I am upset or get bad news, I tend to cook . . . I find it to be great therapy. I just get stuck in and lose myself in my labors . . . and if there is something tasty to eat at the end of it all, well . . . so much the better. I know psychologically it's not good to sooth yourself with food, but sometimes you just have to do what you need to do and this morning it was to cook.
I have seen a lot of Cinnamon Roll Pancake recipes over these past few years, each one looking taste temptingly delicious and decadent. Something to sooth . . . I love Cinnamon Roll anything . . . and so this morning I thought I would make some of these pancakes to surprise the Toddster when he got up.
I found this recipe on Recipe Girl, and it looked pretty good to me. I made a few adaptions and before I knew it I was cooking something which looked decidedly scrummy, and they weren't as difficult as they seemed either.
It's a basic simple pancake batter, with a buttery cinnamon swirl piped over top while you are cooking the first side. Then you just flip them over and cook the under side and slip the finished pancake onto a warm plate. You can use a plastic squirt bottle to pipe on the cinnamon swirl, or you can use a plastic baggie.
I have a squirt bottle . . . but I used a small teaspoon. It worked well for me. Just make sure your mixture stays warm and somewhat liquid. If it begins to harden a bit on you . . . nuke it in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
I chose to use my own Cream Cheese Syrup recipe for mine, because . . . one I like it and two . . . the other recipe seemed too much like a frosting and I didn't want that. But you can look at her recipe and make up your own mind.
These were fabulous. I would make them again. As a once in a blue moon treat, they went down very well, and the Toddster . . . well, he quite simply thought he'd died and gone to heaven!
*Cinnamon Roll Pancakes*
Not as hard as one might think. Definitely scrummilicious! We won't think about the calories. A once in a blue moon treat for sure.
For the filling:
4 TBS unsalted butter, melted
6 TBS soft light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp ground cinnamon
For the pancakes:
100g plain flour (1 cup)
2 tsp baking powder
250ml of whole milk (1 cup)
1 large free range egg, beaten
1 TBS sunflower oil
For the Glaze/syrup:
1 250g package of cream cheese, softened (8 ounce pack)
250ml of maple syrup, warmed (1 cup)
First make the filling. Whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth. Place them into a plastic squeeze bottle if you have one. If not, then you will need a heavy duty plastic food bag, small. Put it into that and squish it down into one corner. Cut a tiny piece off the tip. Set aside.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt for the pancakes. Beat together the milk, egg and oil. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk together until smooth. Set aside for about 5 minutes.
To make the glaze/syrup, whisk the cream cheese and maple syrup together until smooth. Set aside and keep warm.
Spray a nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and heat. Pour in one eighth of the pancake batter. (I use a measuring beaker for this. It helps to make nice round pancakes.) You want your pan not to be hot. You will want to cook these on a low heat. Your patience will be well rewarded. Using the plastic bottle of filling, or the plastic bag, pipe a coil of the mixture onto the pancake, starting at the middle and working your way out. Try not to hit the outside edge. Cook until bubbles break across the whole surface of the pancake, and it is lightly browned, then carefully flip the pancake over. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, until lightly browned on the bottom side. Slide out of the pan onto a warm plate. Place in a warm oven while you cook the rest of the pancakes. Wipe the pan clean between each pancake and respray with cooking spray.
Serve warm with the warmed syrup drizzled over top. Try not to think about the calories. Remember this is a once in a blue moon treat. ☺