Take time out this weekend and treat yourself, or a loved one, to breakfast in bed... read more
We asked former Great British Bake Off contestant, Martha Collison, to show us her idea of the perfect breakfast in bed. We can’t wait to try this delicious Cinnamon Swirl Pancake recipe! Over to you, Martha…
Breakfast in bed is the ultimate treat any time of year, but I find it particularly appealing in winter when the thought of crawling out from underneath my duvet cover into the cold is just too arduous. Why eat at the table when you can eat in bed?! On your next lazy Saturday morning, get out of bed (or persuade someone else to!), whip up these simple but delicious pancakes and then pretend the day hasn’t started yet by snuggling in and enjoying a tray of tea and breakfast in bed. A total guilty pleasure and special treat! It makes me feel like I’m on holiday, dreaming of waking up in Paris. I’m researching places to go for our next trip, planning as I eat!
Being under warm covers when it is cold outside is one of the greatest feelings, and I love getting out my winter blankets and layering up my bed. This year I’m loving natural blush and faux fur, so the Dartmoor Faux Fur collection from Laura Ashley fits my vibe perfectly. I knitted the woven throw from giant yarn; a very therapeutic task for long winter months! I really enjoy playing around with the styling of my bedroom; my bedside table is actually a 1930’s vintage cake stand that was my great grandmothers. And my Laura Ashley Alarm Clock completes the look perfectly.
Back to the breakfast. My biggest weakness baking-wise is cinnamon rolls smothered in cream cheese icing. So indulgent, so scrumptious, I just can’t turn them down! However, can I justify eating them for breakfast? Probably not. Enter cinnamon roll pancakes. Totally appropriate for breakfast, no waiting around for the dough to prove and best of all, ridiculously easy.
The cinnamon swirl is the trickiest part, but you’ll have mastered it after a few pancakes. A small portion of the batter is flavoured with cinnamon and spooned into a piping bag. You then pipe a swirl into the pan and allow it to set before ladling the plain batter on top. Pipe a swirl of cinnamon on the top of the pancake too, and be delicate with your flipping so it doesn’t smudge. Even if the swirls blur a bit, they will still taste divine so sneak them into the bottom of the stack!
Warm cream cheese icing style sauce is the literal icing on the cake here – you have to try it to know. There is nothing quite like tangy cream cheese with buttery cinnamon, and these pancakes capture it perfectly.
Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes Recipe
Makes 12 pancakes
• 125g plain flour
• 1 tablespoon caster sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 250ml buttermilk
• 25ml milk
• 1 egg
• 25g butter, melted
For the cinnamon swirl:
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon caster sugar
For the Cream Cheese Sauce:
• 75g cream cheese
• 25g butter
• 75ml whole milk
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoons icing sugar
1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, caster sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Beat together the buttermilk, milk, egg and melted butter in a measuring jug.
2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the wet ingredients, whisking all the time. Continue to mix until a smooth batter forms with no lumps of flour.
3. Spoon 3 tablespoons of mixture into a separate bowl and add in the cinnamon and sugar. Stir to combine, then transfer into a piping bag.
4. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and grease very lightly with butter. Pipe a spiral of the cinnamon mixture and allow to cook for a few seconds to set. Use an ice-cream scoop or ladle to scoop the pancake batter on top of the spiral. Once a few bubbles appear on the top of the pancake, pipe another spiral of cinnamon onto the top.
5. Once the underside is golden brown, carefully flip the pancake over and allow to cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to a warm plate and cook the rest of the batter in the same way.
6. To make the cream cheese sauce, place all the sauce ingredients into a small saucepan and heat gently until melted and smooth. Keep warm until ready to serve.
7. Stack up your pancakes, drench in sauce, sprinkle over some fresh blueberries and pop on a tray, ready to take up to bed. Enjoy!