Monday, October 3, 2011

Busy Cooking: Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

First of all, sorry for all of the cooking posts.  Right now, my kitchen is the only room in the house that is fully unpacked and I know where everything is.  Today, I made some major headway in the basement (new art and craft area), but I have to get a few more things done before I can start up all the projects that have been brewing in my head- Halloween crafters beware!

I'd much rather be dealing with this:

Than this:
Now, on to the recipe.  I found this recipe for Pumpkin cinnamon roll pancakes on recipe girl last week when I was searching around for pumpkin recipes.  I love going out to breakfast and one of the major reasons (besides obviously not having to do dishes) is to try a unique dish that you might never have thought to make yourself.  This is a recipe I would dream of seeing at a breakfast joint- pumpkin pancakes turned cinnamon roll- yes, please!

The recipe is a slight bit labor intensive, but well worth it.  All of my kids LOVED them and we will definitely be eating them again!  Try them this weekend, you won't be disappointed.

The recipe yielded 10 medium large pancakes, enough for our family of six.

Cinnamon Filling:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon

2 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 TBSP pumpkin pie spice
1 TBSP brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP oil

1) Put the butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar for the filling in a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, stir until smooth.  Put in a sandwich sized ziploc bag and set aside.

2) Put butter and cream cheese for icing in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave about 30-40 seconds until almost melted, stir together with vanilla and confectioner's sugar.  Put into a sandwich sized ziploc bag and set aside for later.

3) In a medium sized bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar and set aside.

4) In large bowl (with spout if you have one), mix together milk, eggs, oil, vinegar, and pumpkin.  Slowly add dry ingredients to the center of the wet ingredients, mix until incorporated, lumps may remain, this is okay.

5) Preheat griddle.  Pour pancake mix onto griddle, it is slightly thick, so spread it out a bit.  Knead the bag with the filling in it slightly to soften it, cut a small part of the lower corner of the ziploc bag and squeeze a spiral of cinnamon filling onto the top of each pancake.  Let pancake cook until bubbles form and pop on the top of the pancake.

6) Very carefully, flip the pancake.  The cinnamon filling will become liquid and ooze out onto the pan, its okay.  Cook on this side for about 3-4 minutes.  Take pancake off pan, put on plate with cinnamon side up.  When it is flipped, it will look like a small indent where the cinnamon filling was, it's okay. Scrape remaining cinnamon off of pan with a paper towel or use a spatula and drain it onto a plate.

7) Squeeze icing bag to soften it up, cut a small hole in the bottom corner, then squeeze it onto the top of the hot pancake, serve and enjoy-there's going to be a pumpkin party in your mouth!

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