Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Cinnamon bun pancakes 5

It occurred to me this morning that one should be able to order a panful of warm cinnamon buns to be delivered to your door on a Saturday morning, much like you can order pizza on a Saturday night.

Business potential? I’d say so. Although it’s probably best that I can’t pick up the phone and have a warm batch of cinnamon buns delivered straight to my couch.

We didn’t have time to make the real thing from scratch, and since the 101st Calgary Stampede is now well underway, I have pancakes on the brain. Decades of free pancake breakfasts the first week of July every year will do that to the part of your psyche that dictates seasonal cravings. (If you’re not familiar with the Stampede, one of our biggest traditions during its 10 days is free Stampede breakfasts all over the city every morning. It’s a tradition that started at the 1923 Stampede, when chuckwagon driver Jack Morton invited passing citizens to join him for their first meal of the day. And so it began.

This weekend, cinnamon bun pancakes was a delicious compromise. Made with flours and canola oil from Tony and Penny at Highwood Crossing in Aldersyde (who are still recovering from the flood and not yet back in production).

cinnamon bun pancake Collage

These made the rounds of the interwebs a few years ago – I think my first sighting of them was over at Recipe Girl. You mix melted butter, sugar and cinnamon in a ziplock bag, snip off a corner and squeeze it out in a swirl onto your cooking pancake batter. At first, I forgot the cinnamon (see top photo) – and accidentally made caramel swirl pancakes. But it was easy to stir in some cinnamon once I realized the omission (see bottom photo).

cinnamon bun pancake Collage 2

I used my usual pancake formula – two of everything (flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, oil) with some grainy flours in there to balance things out somewhat. My advice: keep the heat moderate – once flipped, that sticky sweet swirl can burn easily. You’ll get the hang of it – I did. It’s worth navigating the cooking time for those crunchy edges and craters of buttery sugar; these pancakes, not surprisingly, don’t need syrup, but are seriously fantastic drizzled while warm with a dribble of sweet cream cheese frosting. And a very good morning to you.





Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

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13 comments on “Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

  1. Rana
    July 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    These are easy and delicious too, work well for a crowd as there is no need to stand by the stove and flip each one.

  2. Fiona
    July 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Ohhh. Uh oh.

  3. Barb
    July 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    What a great idea!

  4. Lori @ RecipeGirl
    July 7, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks for the mention- we still absolutely love these!

    • Julie
      July 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      And a huge thanks for turning us on to them too! SUCH a brilliant idea – especially with the cream cheese frosting. I almost forgot – I added a bit of maple syrup to the cinnamon-sugar-butter goo too!

  5. Terri
    July 8, 2013 at 7:40 am

    O.M.G….your cruelty knows no end. Here I sit wishing I had called in sick today, just to make these. (*sigh, probably for the best ) Happy Stampede-ing! P.S drove by your folks old place on the weekend, whatamess 🙁

  6. Nicole Boyhouse
    July 8, 2013 at 8:10 am

    OMG. OMG! This is amazing.

  7. Charmian - The Messy Baker
    July 8, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant!

    But I would expect nothing less from you or the city that seems totally unstoppable. Have a cinnamon bun pancake for me at the Stampede!!

  8. Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Yum! Thanks for the reminder, I meant to try these when I first saw them a long time ago, but I’ve since forgotten about them. Must try!

  9. Todd @ HonestlyYUM
    July 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Such a ingenius pancake variation. I hadn’t seen Recipe Girl’s post, so thanks for sharing your version!!

  10. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    July 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Wow.. these are unbelievable.. and as dangerous as take out cinnamon buns I think:) I can’t wait to try these on my family.. they’re going to be the new favorite!

  11. A Canadian Foodie
    July 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Only you, Julie, would marry two prairie favourites into one stellar Stampede plate. Oh, my! Brilliant and I am sure this idea will go viral and by next year there will be cinnamon bun pancakes at all the mainstream breakfasts!
    Certainly, I will be trying them. My favourite homemade pancake recipe is the one I got from my grade 7 foods teacher.
    (So thrilled you are participating in this project with such thought – connecting tradition to today!)

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