Monday, July 8, 2013

A Birthday With Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Two weeks ago, our second and younger son asked me to make Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
 for his birthday.
He even found the recipe for me.
How could I say no to that?
So today, just for his birthday, I made them.  Yes,
 I did.
I made Cinnamon Roll Pancakes for him to eat all by himself, as much as he wanted, as late as he wanted, however many he wanted.
He ate two. 
He ate these two that are shown right here. 
He ate them all by himself. 
 He's all grown up now. 
I'm so proud of him and the young man that he has become.
He deserved his very own plate of pancakes.
Yes, he did!
 I didn't have to entice him to eat them by pretending the fork was an airplane loaded with pancakes.
How does that happen?
  Kids just GROW UP!
Boys become men.
He certainly has.

They outgrow things, stuff and situations.
He has also.
I don't remember the last time I pretended the fork was an airplane.
No, the last time comes for a lot of things and you never realize that it was the last time...till you look back and wonder. 
He said, "Thanks Mom, those were really good! They taste just like Cinnamon Rolls.  And I feel like I just ate a really unhealthy meal." 
 Well, it was his birthday after all. 
So Happy Happy Birthday to my dear son. I have said I would walk through fire for my children, but I'm thinking it's a lot more fun to make their birthday breakfast request!
Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
I tablespoon melted butter
Cinnamon Filling
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Cream Cheese Glaze
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon Filling
Prepare the Cinnamon Filling first. Mix together the ingredients and scoop into a heavy zip lock bag and set it aside.   I put mine in the refrigerator after mixing it so it could become a little more stiff to swirl onto the pancake.  If the filling is too runny it won't look as pretty when the pancake cooks.
You will want to snip a small corner from the bag through which to squeeze the filling onto the pancake.
Cream Cheese Glaze
Melt the butter and whisk in cream cheese until smooth.  Sift the powdered sugar into the pan and stir.  Add vanilla extract. Set aside for later.
Pancake Batter
Mix together the dry ingredients then add in the wet ingredients until the dry is moist.  A few lumps will be OK.
 Heat a non stick skillet to medium.  I melted just a tad of butter on the skillet to make sure the pancake wouldn't stick when I poured it onto the surface of the skillet.
Put about a 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot surface. 
When the pancake has cooked long enough to have large bubbles forming on the top, then swirl a strip of the Cinnamon Filling into a circular pattern.  Remember, you will want the filling  to be stiff so it won't run off as the pancake is flipped.
You will need a thin, wide spatula to flip this quickly.
When both sides have cooked thoroughly, remove from skillet, place on a plate and drizzle with glaze.
Clean surface of the skillet before cooking another pancake.
So now you can make some Cinnamon Roll Pancakes for your younger son, or yourself, or whomever you wish.
Maybe you'd rather walk through fire, but I'm thinking not!

1 comment:

Donnie Pirtle said...

This looks so very good. He is a very special guy, for this kind of a delicious celebration! Have a wonderful day.