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How does that sound? How about how does that look? They’re a fun twist on the ordinary, which you may know is what I’m all about. Still simple, but with a creative twist.

Just use your favorite pancake recipe as the base. Then mix a stick of melted butter with about 3/4 cup dark brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and mix well. Set aside to cool. Mix your pancake batter. Now mix your glaze. I used mascarpone instead of cream cheese, a healthy dose of pure maple syrup and powdered sugar and whisked until I ended up with a nice pourable consistency.

You’ll need to make sure the consistency of the brown sugar mixture is pourable but still thick and grainy, as you’ll want it to hold its shape when you swirl it onto the pancake.

Pour your pancake batter onto a hot griddle and just when you see the first sign of bubbles in the batter, squeeze the sugar mixture into the batter, starting in the center, working around toward the outside in a concentric circle. Then when the pancake is golden on the bottom, just flip. Lower the heat to low/simmer and cook on the swirl side for a couple minutes. Then flip back over, turn off the heat and let sit for about 30 seconds while the caramelized sugar sets up.

To serve, pile the pancakes on a plate, drizzle the maple cream glaze around the pancake in the same pattern and serve with a side of maple syrup, though you may not need it.

Tastes like a cross between a pancake and cinnamon bun! Enjoy!