Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper

Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper

I’m so excited to be participating in my first Sunday Supper this week.  I’ve seen so many awesome Sunday Supper posts from some of my favorite bloggers and have been dying to be a part of the fun.  And now I am!  Yay!

As though that wasn’t enough, this week’s theme is movie inspired recipes.  Movies!  I love movies, watching two new ones every week, with hopefully a handful of old favorites too.  Movies make me laugh and cry and cheer on my favorite characters.  They transport me to another world and inspire me to write.

Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper

Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper

With as much as I love movies, you’d think thinking of one to make a recipe would have been super simple.  Yeah . . . not so much.  I racked my brain, and Mom’s, and Dad’s and I couldn’t think of anything.  I came up with a few movies but didn’t like them enough to get inspired or didn’t like the food.  Mom did come up with ET and Reese’s Pieces, but I’ve never seen ET.  Can you believe that?  And to think I still call myself a movie junkie!

I don’t remember if Mom or I came up with it, but the moment No Reservations came to mind, I couldn’t get it off.  Starring Catherine Zeta Jones Aaron Eckhart, and Abigail Breslin, it’s about a girl who lives with her aunt after her mom is killed in a car accident.  Okay, so it starts off pretty depressing and almost always upsets me, but then it turns around.  Catherine Zeta Jones’ character is a chef who falls in love with another chef and everyone kind of settles into their new lives.  Since two of the main characters are chefs, much of the action takes place in a restaurant and there’s plenty of food.

Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper

Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper

All kinds of food are part of the movie, from spaghetti to pizza to truffles.  But pancakes play a part too.  They come to play in the end, but I don’t want to ruin it in case you want to watch No Reservations after reading this post.  And you should watch it because it’s a really great movie.

These Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes are currently one of my favorite dinners.  That’s right, I love them for an easy dinner that is sweet and satisfying.  A tall stack of these with some pure maple syrup (no fake stuff), a little fruit preserves, and some fresh fruit, and I am a super happy camper, more than ready to watch another movie.

As I stated before, movies have inspired me to write.  I have big dreams of being a novelist and screenwriter but am having trouble getting my career off the ground.  So in an effort to change that, I made a video trying to grab the attention of Ellen DeGeneres.  I rewrote Call Me Maybe telling my story.  I might not be the best singer but I hope my passion and dreams shine through.  I would love if you’d take a look 🙂

Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper

Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper

4.5 from 4 reviews
Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes #SundaySupper
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Serves: 3-4
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk (I use either almond or coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Fruit preserves, for serving
  • Fresh fruit, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Prepare a piece of aluminum foil to place cooked pancakes on, so they can stay warm in the oven while the others are cooking. Sometimes I like them even better after a little time in the oven.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, oil, egg, and vanilla until fully combined. Add the flour mixture and whisk until combined with very few lumps. It is vitally important to whisk or the batter will be too lumpy.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. I use stainless steel, but non-stick or cast iron would also work. When hot, add some vegetable oil and carefully swirl it around to coat the entire pan.
  4. Spoon 3 heaping tablespoons of batter for each pancake (or more or less depending on the size you want). Do not crowd the pancakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until bubble are on the surface of the pancake and starting to burst. Flip the pancakes over and cook for about 1-2 minutes more until light golden brown on both sides. Transfer to foil and place in oven, while cooking the remainder of the batter. Serve as soon as possible with syrup, preserves, and fruit.
Recipe adapted from Everyday Food, September 2006

Don’t forget to check out all the amazing Sunday Supper dishes!

Toast (bready things)

No Reservations (soups and salads)

Today’s Special (fish, chicken, beef, and pork)

Forks Over Knives (veggie-heavy dishes and sides)

Udon (pasta and noodles)

Just Desserts (sweet treats)

Bottle Shock (beverages)

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday, April 14th to talk all about movies that have inspired us to head into the kitchen – and the food that comes from that inspiration (7pm EST)!  We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world.   Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and food photos.

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  1. That movie has so many ideas. I thought to make some kind of steak inspired by it (when she goes to the customer´s table angry). But pancakes are so much better, and they look amazing Laura! It´s such an indulgent food, and eating them while watching this movie in bed might make a memorable breakfast.

  2. Welcome to Sunday Supper, Laura! That is one impressive stack of pancakes. So pretty with the syrup dripping down and those plump berries on top! There are so many movies in this list I haven’t seen, and No Reservations is one of them, so thanks for not giving the ending away! It’s on my list now.

    • Thank you so much, Stacy! My mom helped my style the pancakes. I couldn’t wait to take a bite! I hope you like No Reservations.

  3. I’m so glad to see that you’re part of the group–yay! These pancakes sound and look so good. Yum!

  4. Great tip about keeping others warm in the oven! Your pics are beautiful. It is a pancake morning at my house and your recipe just became the menu. Thanks for sharing!

    • The oven is so helpful. They get the tiniest bit crunchy on the outside and are super tasty. I hope you like the pancakes. Thanks, Shannon!

  5. Welcome to #SundaySupper! you’re killing me with these pancakes (I really should have eaten something before going visiting)…I love cinnamon and vanilla in my french toast batter, so I know I’d love it in my pancakes, as well. And No Reservations was a great pick 🙂

    • It’s so hard to visit blogs when you’re hungry. Of course looking at all the amazing food of the blog world always makes me hungry 😉 Thanks, Heather!

  6. Your video is too cute lol, I hope it works!

    Welcome to Sunday Supper girly!! I loooooove these pancakes, I wants some, now!

  7. Hi and welcome to the Sunday Supper group. I love being a part of it, and I know you will too. Those pancakes, oh my goodness they look amazingly good. I’ll definitely be making these for a family breakfast soon!


  8. Pancakes are usually not high on the list of food that I would request. That all changes with this recipe. They were great!

  9. Welcome to Sunday Supper! No Reservations is one of those movies I wanted to see when it came out, then I forgot all about it. Time to put it on my Netflix list! Great looking pancakes – how do you think they’d be with some whole grain pastry flour subbed for part or all of the white flour?

    • It’s so fun to catch an older movie on Netflix or OnDemand. There are an endless amount just waiting to be watched. I have to admit I’m not much of a fan of whole wheat flour, but if you’re used to the flavor, I think subbing maybe half out would work pretty well. I have found this to be a very forgiving recipe. Thanks, Shelby!

  10. I have yet to see No Reservations. It’s on my want to watch list! Your pancakes look delish and I love cinnamon and vanilla together!!

  11. Welcome to Sunday Supper! Your pancakes look delicious!

  12. love that movie! Love the pancake recipe too!

  13. Oh yum, your pancakes look so delicious!

  14. What a wonderful and delicious breakfast! With a little less cinnamon for me …

  15. Welcome to #SundaySupper. I’m a relative newbie too (I think I’ve participated in like 5) and still feel as though I’m learning the ropes. I loved reading your post and vising your site. Your design is adorable!
    I have like the worst memories for movies and such but I do remember seeing No Reservations. Your pancakes look scrumptious. You’re a wonderful writer and I wish you much success as you follow your dreams.

  16. A great big welcome to Sunday Supper! What a fun event to join in and I really like your pancake recipe. Cinnamon is one of my favorite spices and it in pancakes is so wonderful.

  17. I had trouble picking a movie, too, but you ended up with a winner. Your pancakes are winners, too…that stick is SO enticing!!!

  18. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    Congrats on your first #SundaySupper post… it’s the most amazing group! And fun movie… and recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  19. I have never seen that movie but really wanted to. Your pancakes are picture perfect!!

  20. I love No Reservations – and I can NOT believe you haven’t seen ET!!! That’s almost a rite of passage in growing up! LOL Beautiful pancakes by the way. I think I know what I need to make for breakfast.

  21. I think these pancakes look like breakfast or brunch perfection! I know my husband would be requesting seconds and thirds….

  22. Cinnamon & vanilla are two of my fave flavors, period! 🙂

  23. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) says:

    These pancakes look and sound comforting.

    I try and watch every food-related movie that comes out, and have not watched this one….yet!

  24. Oooh yummy!! I add vanilla and cinnamon to my pancakes anyways but these look perfect

  25. That was such a good movie. Your pancakes look simply delicious with those blueberries on top!

  26. oh my, those looks and sound awesome!!

  27. Those look delicious! I love pancakes for dinner as well. In fact, anything that would traditionally be eaten for breakfast I love to have on my dinner table.

    • I love eating breakfast for dinner too: eggs, waffles, pancakes! There’s something very comforting about those foods at dinnertime. Thanks for visiting, Joanna!

  28. These are some beautiful pancakes with some monster blueberries! The video won’t load on this guest computer I’m using at work today (something about a missing plug-in, but it won’t tell me which plug-in that I need to download), but I’ll be sure to check out the video when I get home later!

    • Thanks, Sydney! I was so happy to find US blueberries at Costco. The rest of the summer fruit can’t be far away! Thanks for checking out my video! I really appreciate it 🙂

  29. I need to make pancakes more often. These sound delicious.

  30. You pancakes look amazing, and I’d bet they taste amazing too! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  31. These sound so much better than the boring old plain pancake! I love the idea of putting cinnamon in them!

  32. I love love love pancakes! I could eat them every day:)

  33. OMG-oodness, these pancakes look so perfect! I am totally craving these pancakes now! Congrats on becoming a part of SundaySupper!

  34. I love your youtube video. So cute. I hope it gets out there to Ellen.

  35. Great choice! Pancakes are part of my favorite comfort foods list!

  36. The pancakes are great but the video is even better!!! You did a great job. Hope all your dreams come true.

  37. Yum!

  38. These pancakes look absolutely perfect! I would love these for breakfast!

  39. Stumbled across your blog and this recipe when I was doing a web search for a twist on pancakes. I made these for dinner tonight and they are absolutely divine!! I normally add a splash of vanilla and a dash of cinnamon to my pancake batter anyway, but the amounts in this recipe were just perfect and just what I was craving. I made as written except I subbed 2 T of melted butter for the oil. This is definitely my new favorite breakfast recipe. Thank you for sharing!!


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