Saturday, April 7, 2012

HAPPY EASTER....AND THE BEST PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLL PANCAKES


To those that celebrate, Happy Easter! I think I will ALWAYS enjoy coloring eggs for Easter. We played around with food coloring, brown and white eggs, and had some cheap fun! 

Sharing one of my favorite pancake recipes. I've made these twice, but the lighting was never good enough for a photo since I usually eat pancakes before 8 in the morning. These amazing pancakes are from the Recipe Girl, and I found the recipe when searching for ways to use up some pumpkin.  She had me at pumpkin, but the cinnamon filling and icing puts these pancakes over the top. We'll be starting Easter Sunday with attending sunrise service and then looking forward to these pancakes.



Photo courtesy of RecipeGirl.com

Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes from RecipeGirl.com
CINNAMON FILLING:
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
CREAM CHEESE ICING:
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) salted butter
2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
PANCAKES:
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup pure unsweetened pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
2 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (see Tips below)
1/2/ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar

directions:

1. Prepare the cinnamon filling: In a small bowl- mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Whisk the filling ingredients together and then pour it into a sandwich-sized zip baggie. Zip up the baggie and lay it on the counter while you prepare the pancake batter.
2. Prepare the Icing: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and cream cheese 30 to 60 seconds, just until butter has melted and cream cheese has softened. Whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla and combine until smooth. Set the icing aside.
3. Prepare the pancake batter: In a large bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, eggs, oil, and vinegar. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, salt and brown sugar. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and stir just until all is moistened.
4. Check on your cinnamon filling: Open up the baggie again and give it a good stir to re-incorporate any butter that may have separated. You want the mixture to thicken a bit- it's best when it's similar to the squeezing texture of toothpaste (which will eventually happen if you leave it on the counter long enough, but refrigerate for a few minutes if you need to). Don't try to use the filling for the pancake swirl unless it has thickened as it will be too runny! Snip off a small piece of the corner of the baggie.
5. Cook the pancakes: Preheat a large skillet or griddle to medium, and spray it with nonstick spray. Use an ice cream scoop (or ladle) to add the batter to the pan. Use the bottom of the scoop or ladle to spread out the batter into a nice, even circle. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Pick up your cinnamon filling baggie and squeeze the filling into the corner. Starting at the center of the pancake squeeze the cinnamon filling on top of the pancake batter in a swirl (just as you see in a cinnamon roll). Cook the pancakes 3 to 4 minutes, or until bubbles begin popping on top of the pancake and it is golden brown on the bottom. Slide a thin spatula underneath the pancake and gently but quickly flip it over. Cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until the other side is golden as well. When you flip the pancake onto a plate, you will see that the cinnamon filling has created a crater-swirl of cinnamon. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, and repeat with the remaining pancake batter and cinnamon filling. Serve pancakes topped with a drizzle of cream cheese icing.

tips:

*If you do not have pumpkin pie spice, use this combo of spices instead: 1 teaspoon allspice, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
*Check out my Gingerbread Cinnamon Roll Pancakes post for some more tips on how to get the cinnamon filling *just right* (it's critical to the success of these pancakes!)
Source: RecipeGirl.com

5 comments:

  1. Debbie, your eggs look so great. I usually don't do them because I don't like hardboiled eggs and I am too lazy to try to blow out the contents like I used to do when I was a kid. As for the pancakes, I did make the The Recipe Girl's cinnamon roll pancakes that were very similar to these and they were amazing and I wolfed them down. Have a great Easter. Joni

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  2. Happy Easter, Debbie! Beautiful eggs and the pancakes sound perfect for a special Sunday.

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  3. Happy Easter, Debbie! I wish I was having breakfast at your place!

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  4. Your breakfast looks yummy especially those pancakes. Your eggs are beautiful too. Also great picture in your header. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog.

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  5. Such beautiful eggs.Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays this Easter.

    - The Tablescaper

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