Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bacon
Sunday breakfast…..isn’t it the best breakfast of the week??? You have all the time in the world to relax and enjoy something special. I know a lot of folks like to go out for breakfast, and don’t get me wrong I am one of them………..have I mentioned what a crazy winter it has been here in the mid-west? If not here is winter in a nut shell……..snow, snow. snow……….freezing, freezing, freezing……..did I leave anything out? Given the weather, I have become even more of a home body than I usually am. Seriously, I could stay in the house from Thanksgiving until at least St Patricks Day…….maybe longer depending on the whole groundhog shadow thing. I really, really, hate cold weather. The only thing I hate worse is driving in the snow……… I truly thing I am not cut out for winter!
But this kind of weather is a cozy, stay at home and cook all kinds of yummy things weather. I remember being a kid and it was always a special treat on Sunday when my Mom would make pancakes or french toast. Apparently even back then my affliction for all things French was evident, because given my way we had french toast. But if it was my brothers turn to pick it was pancakes…………I am not a huge pancake fan……..never have been. And pancakes back in my day were always made from Bisquick. The only time I liked pancakes was at a local restaurant that served silver dollar pancakes. Now Tim on the other hand really likes pancakes. So I thought I would make them for him as a special treat. So began the search for a good recipe. I came across several that sounded good but wanted an extra something , something………I blended several ideas together to make these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. I figured if they were more like a cinnamon roll and less like a pancake I would like them better. If only I could have made cream cheese syrup…….hmmmmm? Besides, if I added bacon they wold have to be great, after all we ALL know that everything is better with bacon. I used to be able to buy a brown sugar bacon at a local meat market that was really great, but alas, it has been closed for several years. Light bulb!……….maybe I could make that bacon. It was bacon with brown sugar and I had bacon and brown sugar…………….it turned out really well, sticky, kinda like candy. For the pancakes I wanted a buttermilk pancake……. for no other reason than I had buttermilk to use…….the cinnamon part I wasn’t so sure about, but I had seen several recipes on Pinterest that used a butter brown sugar mixture so I figured I would give it a try. The result was ………..awesome!!!! I must say I may be a pancake convert after this………..Tim said they were the best pancakes he ever had……kinda like breakfast, kinda like dessert. So try my Cinnamon Roll with Brown Sugar Bacon for your next stay at home Sunday breakfast!
Kinda like breakfast…..kinda like dessert!
- 6 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon – thick cut
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 heaping teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon balking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
- Pinch of salt
- Cinnamon Swirl
- 1/2 cup butter melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- For Bacon:
- Preheat oven to 350*
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Arrange bacon on foil line sheet and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 20 minutes, turning bacon once during cooking time. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Then roughy chop an set aside.
- For Pancakes:
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to blend all ingredients.
- Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl until well combined.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until well combined. If you have a few lumps its ok.
- For Cinnamon Swirl:
- Mix all ingredients and pour into a ziploc or pastry bag. This mixture will be liquidy.
- To Make Pancakes:
- Heat a small amount of butter or use nonstick spray in a skillet or griddle over medium heat until hot. Drop 1/4 cups of pancake batter onto hot pan. Using cinnamon swirl mixture in bag(cut a small corner of the bag) squeeze a spiral onto the top of the pancake. Be careful to not get to close to the outside edge of pancake. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip the pancake over and cook an additional 1 to 2 minute.
- Stack pancakes and top with reserved bacon and your favorite syrup.