Cinnamon and Clarks Maple Syrup Pancakes

March 3, 2014

Tomorrow is pancake day, or Shrove Tuesday as it is officially known. It marks the start of Lent, a time when many people give up luxuries for forty days. A time which represents the forty days Jesus was meant to have spent in the desert being tempted by the devil before he started his ministry. The ending of Lent brings us to Easter. Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday as a way of using up eggs, sugar and milk before the fasting period begins. I just like to enjoy the pancakes, as does my son.

Recently Clarks Maple Syrup sent me a set of lovely recipes involving pancakes and maple syrup and I had to take the opportunity to try them out. I love maple syrup poured over pancakes with crispy bacon for breakfast. It fills me up for the day and reminds me of holidays in America, when I first learnt about pancakes for breakfast.Clarks Maple Syrup
These recipes were a bit more adventurous though and looks gorgeous. I asked my family which one we should try and the decision was we should make Cinnamon and Clarks maple syrup pancakes with caramelised pear and pecan brittle. It sounded gorgeous.

Cinnamon and maple syrup pancakes

I had all the ingredients except for pecans and I was not able to track these down anywhere. I decided I would substitute peanuts instead and this worked really well. The peanut brittle was the hardest part to make. I have never tried heating sugar before and was amazed when it turned into a golden liquid. Make sure you have the pan on a very low heat, once the change starts it happens rapidly and if not removed from the heat immediately it can burn. I got it right after two attempts and the resulting peanut brittle was just right.

Peanut brittle
The pancakes have a hint of maple syrup and cinnamon which works really nicely with the caramelised pears and their juice. I would definitely recommend trying these pancakes, they are a more luxurious version of the normal flat pancakes served with lemon and sugar. Make the peanut brittle in advance as it takes a while to cool. The pears and pancakes can be prepared at the same time. The pancakes are served in a stack with the pear juice and pears poured over and topped with the peanut brittle.
Maple Pancakes

Cinnamon and Clarks Maple Syrup Pancakes with Caramelised Pear and Peanut Brittle

Cinnamon and Clarks Maple Syrup Pancakes

Author Clarks Maple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 200 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 ½ tbsps Clarks Maple Syrup
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  • Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl
  • Make a well in the centre and add the milk, egg and maple syrup.
  • Mix well until a smooth batter is formed.
  • Add the melted butter and stir well.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan.
  • Drop a tablespoon of batter into the pan for each pancake. Cook for about three minutes then flip and cook the other side. The pancakes should be golden.
  • Place on a warm plate while the pears are prepared.

Peanut Brittle

Author Clarks Maple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 25 g peanuts chopped

Instructions

  • Very gently heat the sugar in a frying pan until it melts and goes golden.
  • Add the nuts and mix well.
  • Pour onto a silicon mat, I used a silicon loaf tin.
  • Cool until hardened and then break into pieces

Read more: Pancakes from around the world

Disclosure: I was sent some Clarks maple syrup and some recipes to try out in return for an honest review.

12 responses to “Cinnamon and Clarks Maple Syrup Pancakes”

  1. Donna says:

    Oh I adore maple syrup! I usually stick to lemon and sugar on pancakes but might give maple syrup a go tomorrow! x

  2. Love the maple syrup and the peanut brittle, dropping in belatedly from #Recipeoftheweek. Two I can make with Boy!

  3. Erica Price says:

    Looks very yummy – looking forward to my pancakes tomorrow evening.

  4. My mouth is watering!! Love the caramelised pear, never tried that on a pancake 🙂
    Popping over from #recipeoftheweek …your tasty pic pulled me in!

  5. Galina V says:

    Fabulous, simply fabulous! I sooo need to try this recipe.

  6. Julie's Family Kitchen says:

    What a fantastic way to enjoy pancakes on Pancake Day, these look delicious.

  7. Oh, wow! That looks absolutely amazing! I definitely have to try this – the peanut brittle in itself looks delicious.
    #recipeoftheweek

  8. That sounds yummy. We had pancakes too – savoury and sweet. #recipeoftheweek

  9. Oh gosh, that brittle looks incredible! Thanks for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I’ve Pinned and Tweeted this post and there’s a fresh linky live now. You might have already popped over but if not, please do!

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