Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My Life in a ......Pie Shell or Cinnamon Roll Pancake?

It's been somewhat of an odd couple of days for me.  My days started out full of energy and very productive but dwindled rapidly. Two weeks into my summer break and I am starting to act like its the "lazy dog days of summer".

I have been spending so much of my time either scraping, painting or candle making. However, melting wax and creating inedible pies was getting old for me.

So yesterday I decided to do something I truly miss - bake something! One of the things I love most about my job is spending a portion of my day with my 16 year old son, Jacob. I am a Guidance Office Secretary at Darby High School where he attends.  During his Freshman year, I decided that once a week, I would bake for his lunch table. It allowed me to spend a couple of minutes conversing and laughing with the guys.

So to the Internet I went in search of something to make/bake.  I decided to search blogs for an idea.  I came across the most amazing recipe blog ever....Recipe Girl (you can find her too @ http://www.recipegirl.com/). I decided on Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (recipe below). Jacob loves cinnamon rolls and my 13 year old son, Luke, loves anything made with butter and sugar. It was sure to be a hit! And a hit is was!

I pulled out the ingredients and my fun began!

And, if sugar and butter are a part of it, it has to be good.

And good is was!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Yield: 4 servings (4 pancakes)
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 10 min
These are AMAZING!!!

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

4 Tablespoons butter
2 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Prepare pancake batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in milk, oil and egg, just until batter is moistened (a few small lumps are fine).
2. In a medium bowl, mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Scoop the filling into a small zip baggie and set aside. You don't want this to remain super-liquidy. It's best if it becomes a consistency similar to toothpaste.
3. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl- heat butter and cream cheese until melted. Whisk together until smooth; whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla extract; set aside.
4. Heat large skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with nonstick spray. Scoop about 3/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Snip the corner of your baggie of filling and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip carefully with a thin spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter and keep in a warm oven until ready to serve.
5. When ready to serve, spoon warmed glaze onto the top of each pancake.


*Keep the heat low or your pancakes might cook up too quickly. Don't flip them until you see those bubbles starting to pop on top. Flip them with a wide spatula so you can grasp the whole thing without batter and filling dripping all over the place!
*It's best if you pour the batter onto your skillet, wait a minute or so and then swirl the cinnamon onto the batter. That'll give it a chance to set a little before you add the swirl.
*If your baggie of filling begins to get too thick, just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up again. On that same note, it shouldn't be too runny. The consistency of soft toothpaste is perfect. If it's melty and runny, it will tend to run all over your pancakes. Once you micro it, let it sit on the counter at room temp for a while until it thickens slightly.

After that, it was obvious that I needed to run and workout a little longer and harder. But it was worth it without a doubt.

It was so much fun, I have put the wax on the back burner and decided to do the real thing again today. However, I'm staying ahead of the game, it's off to the treadmill FIRST!

Verse for the day:

Mark 4:37 -

"And there arose a great storm"

When life has you down, no matter the circumstances, seek GOD. He will give you the strength and peace to bring you through it.


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