Cinnamon Pancakes


For me, making pancakes is an act with a history that is still being written. For years it has been the traditional breakfast of Mother’s and Father’s Day, and this year was no exception. But in more recent times, pancakes are a Sunday morning ritual whenever Steve and I are together. Usually he whisks the mixture and I cook them while sipping hot coffee, still in my pyjamas. And since breakfast is usually treated as a rushed (or forgotten) affair, it is wonderful to occasionally sit down and eat with the people I love.

I can’t even count how many pancake recipes I’ve tried over the years, but the one I have kept going back to since the first time I made it is Donna Hay’s recipe from Modern Classics 2. I’ve tweaked it in many ways: adding lemon zest or coconut or vanilla, serving it with strawberries or bananas, or ice cream and maple syrup. But one of my favourite combinations so far was the one I made this morning for Father’s Day breakfast – cinnamon pancakes with pears.

The recipe couldn’t be easier, which I think is especially important in the morning before you’re fully caffeinated. The pancakes are beautifully fluffy, the perfect breakfast in my book. This is also my entry for Hay Hay It’s Donna Day this month, lovingly looked after by Bron Marshall, and hosted by the lovely Suzana of Home Gourmets. I can’t wait to see the round up!

Cinnamon Pancakes
Recipe adapted from Modern Classics 2 by Donna Hay
Makes 10

• 2 cups plain flour
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ cup caster sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• ¾ cup buttermilk
• 1 1/3 cups milk
• Butter, for cooking

1. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar together in a medium size bowl.
2. In another smaller bowl, whisk together the egg with the buttermilk, milk and vanilla extract, then whisk the milk mixture into the dry ingredients until smooth.
3. Melt a small amount of butter in a small frypan over medium-low heat. Add about ½ – ¾ cup of the pancake mixture. When small bubbles begin to form over the pancake, carefully flip it over and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
4. Repeat with the rest of the pancake mixture. Serve with maple syrup and pears if desired.

22 Comments on “Cinnamon Pancakes”

  1. Bwaaar. That’s the sound of all my drool coming out of my mouth. Sorry to be gross, heh 🙂 I’d certainly eat breakfast every day if I woke up to those!

  2. I’ll try that tomorrow morning, I’d do it today (right now for that matter) if I didn’t just had some pasta.



  3. Mark, well usually it’s brunch because I still like a sleep in on a Sunday morning 🙂

    Martin, I hope you enjoy them tomorrow! Let me know how they go for you!

  4. For the longest time I’ve always put cinnamon in my pancake batter. Many of my friends, and others I meet have never done this. I would always wonder why; just seems like cinnamon is a staple for pancake batter. So glad to hear that someone else does this.

  5. Jillian, its nice isn’t it! I always look forward to it.

    Patricia, I agree. I only wish I could have that kind of breakfast everyday!

    Dawn, for a long time vanilla was my secret ingredient, but I just love cinnamon pancakes. They’re also delicious with sauteed apples 🙂

    Tarah, thank you!

    Tartelette, why not go all out in the mornings! Pancakes and ice cream is insanely delicious.

    Hannah, awww thank you so much 🙂

  6. Lovely lovely photo, as always! 🙂 I love making pancakes, but not so much to eat, as to feed other people. It’s one of those great crowd pleasers.

  7. I’m holding out on pancakes until I get my hands on some real maple syrup again but I will definitely bookmark these for when that happens, they look awesome!

  8. I love pancakes… If I didn’t feel so guilty about it I would have them every morning. With maple syrup and bacon!!!! Delish. Although Cinnamon and pears sounds like I could pretend it was good for me 😉

  9. Y, oh I love pancakes to make AND to eat, but you're right, they are definitely a crowd pleaser.

    recipes2share, thank you! you should try them out one day 🙂

    Brilynn, real maple syrup makes all the difference. I'm addicted to the stuff! I hope you enjoy them when you do make them!

    Pea & Pear, would you believe I went to a pancake restaurant once and ordered a side of bacon with my pancakes and the waitress looked at me so weirdly. I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes pancakes and bacon!

  10. Perfect! May be a bit too much for my breakfast but if you invite me for brunch… that’s another story. 😉 Lisa, thanks for entering HHDD with such a delicious recipe, and so beautifully photographed!

  11. Suzana, thanks for hosting such a great round of HHDD! You are more than welcome to come over for brunch anytime 🙂

    Barbara, I think it’s obvious by now that I’m addicted to pears! But I have so many summer fruits to look forward to now!

    Chichajo, thank you very much! they were delicious, I assure you 🙂

    soulchocolate, they most certainly were. thanks for popping by!

  12. These sound delicious! Pancakes were a Saturday morning tradition in my family growing up. It was my dad’s job to make them, and ours to jump on the bed until he got up to do it. I’ll have to find a friend to sit down with for breakfast some morning SOON and give these a try. So glad I found your blog. It’s lovely.

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