Cinnamon Swirl Pancake with Apple Syrup

makes about 8 pancakes with leftover cinnamon stuff

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Cost: $.85 (for pancakes and cinnamon swirl)

(flour: .20, milk: .15, butter: .25, sugar: .25)

1 C whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/4 C milk or buttermilk

1/4 C butter

6 Tbsp brown sugar

1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon

Whipped Cream

1 apple

1/2 Tbsp butter

leftover cinnamony stuff

Start by preparing your cinnamon stuff. Melt the butter in a bowl with the sugar and cinnamon.

I did this in the microwave. You'll want to mix them and let it sit long enough that your sugar dissolves somewhat.

If you don't allow the sugar to dissolve a bit and then mix it thoroughly, the butter/cinnamon will rise to the top while your sugar gets left in the bottom. I then put mine in this little plastic bottle that is meant for making chocolates, but that we use for homemade BBQ sauce.

It worked perfectly, but if you don't have one, a measuring cup with a spout or even just a spoon and a bit of grace would work fine too.

Now make your pancakes. Combine dry ingredients and add milk. Mix them up, but leave a few lumps.

Pour onto a hot buttered pan and then add your cinnamon concoction (give it a shake before you pour just to be sure that heavy sugar isn't sinking to the bottom). You can make a cinnamon swirl as we did.

And yet it occurs to me that you could make any shapes you desired--stars, hearts, initials, zig zags, peace treatises--the sky's the limit. The swirly-do keeps it's shape very well (provided you can flip a pancake; if you can't I don't judge you; I always seem to get one that folds on itself too), so your shapes will be very delightfully preserved.

Until you put the whipped cream on them, of course.

You can stop there or add syrup or add berries or add apples, butter, and more cinnamony stuff.

To do that, melt a pat of butter in your pancake pan, and add peeled, chopped apples. Allow this to cook 2-3 minutes, giving it an occasional stir. Then douse it with a good dose of leftover cinnamon stuff and let that cook another 1-2 minutes until it has become syrupy and smells like exaltation itself.

Put this on top of your whipped cream if you're a glutton. Pretend it's healthier that way if you're a glutton in denial. And have a great Mother's Day. We love you.

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