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From the kitchen: Mexican Pancakes with Brown Butter & Cinnamon Maple Syrup

April 29, 2013




Evan and I have both been working from home for the past few months. We work freelance and about once a year it seems that our schedules align and we find ourselves working side by side in our jammies, it’s kinda fun. We like to have “business lunches” at least once per week, just to get out and reset a bit. Working from home can get old really fast so little escapes are good. On one of our recent biz lunches, we discovered a cute little Mexican joint called Cafe de Mexico in Sherman Oaks. The menu was unique and my eyes were immediately drawn to the Mexican Pancakes, something I’d never heard of. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but when my meal arrived it all made sense. My pancakes tasted like CHURROS!!!! It was the best. And I knew my mission was clear: recreate these guys at home. A generous addition of cinnamon and sugar gives buttermilk pancakes a light hint of churro flavor, but the brown butter & cinnamon infused maple syrup really gives these pancakes that familiar churro taste we’ve all grown to love. I ate these until my tummy hurt, which is both a good and bad idea… and I highly recommend it. This year we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with brunch and these delicious pancakes will definitely be making an appearance. Enjoy! -xo

p.s. More Cinco de Mayo inspired brunch recipes coming up later this week!





Mexican Pancakes with Brown Butter & Cinnamon Maple Syrup
Makes about 12 pancakes


For the pancakes

3 cups all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup whole milk

3 eggs

1/3 cup butter, melted

For the syrup

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

1 cup good quality maple syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon


For the syrup:
Brown the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, whisking frequently. Continue cooking it on medium-high heat until the butter boils and begins to brown. When the butter begins to brown, you will see specks of darker brown develop at the bottom of the pan. Stir these up and cook until the butter has a nice and even dark honey color. In a separate oven proof container, combine hot butter with maple syrup and cinnamon, stir vigorously to emulsify. Keep warm in a low temp oven (180-200 degrees).

For the pancakes:
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs and melted butter.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients using a wooden spoon to blend. Stir until it’s just blended together, but don’t over do it. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides. Place pancakes on an oven safe plate in the oven as you go to keep them warm. Serve with warmed brown butter & cinnamon maple syrup.


79 Comments leave one →
  1. Jaclyn Paige permalink
    April 29, 2013 2:02 am

    Normally, I’m not a very big fan of pancakes, but these sound and look delicious. So much so I might actually have to make them! Thank you for posting such yummy recipes, I always love to look at them! :)


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    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 12:59 am

      I’m totally with you. I love pancakes, but they’re so unhealthy! I ordered them because I needed to find out what Mexican pancakes were. But man, now that I’ve tasted them…I’m in trouble.

  2. April 29, 2013 2:11 am

    Oh my!

  3. April 29, 2013 2:31 am

    Mhmmmm. That’s what I’m talking about. Pancake and maple syrup p0rnage. Yuuum! Eating this with my eyes right now.

  4. April 29, 2013 5:23 am

    These photos are amazing!

  5. April 29, 2013 6:59 am

    Oh no! Might me making these Sunday morning!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 1:00 am

      Oh yes! I hope you made them and enjoyed them :) !!!

  6. bec {daisy and the fox} permalink
    April 29, 2013 7:55 am

    churros pancakes!!! i am so there!
    these look absolutely wonderful! :) yum yum yum!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 1:01 am

      Thank you, they were so good!

  7. April 29, 2013 8:03 am

    Those look so good! And the photos are fantastic!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 1:02 am

      Thank you very much :)

  8. April 29, 2013 9:33 am

    Beautiful pictures!!

  9. April 29, 2013 10:58 am

    I want it. All. In front of me. Right now.

  10. VVernhard permalink
    April 29, 2013 11:04 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food.

  11. VVernhard permalink
    April 29, 2013 11:09 am

    mmmmmmmmmmm….. great pictures and great pancakes!!!

  12. April 29, 2013 11:41 am

    oh my gosh! you nailed them perfectly! I’m nervous to even try. But I know my son would be in heaven if I made these….this weekend. Thank you for the idea!

  13. April 29, 2013 12:14 pm

    Some of the prettiest pancakes I’ve ever seen – bravo!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 1:03 am

      Thank you! So kind of you to say :)

  14. Leah Slavens permalink
    April 29, 2013 12:49 pm

    I want to make these like right now!

  15. April 29, 2013 1:47 pm

    These are the most delicious looking and sounding pancakes! They look so good!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 1:04 am

      Thanks Rosie! They were devilishly good. Make at your own risk! xo

  16. April 29, 2013 1:57 pm

    Oh my, these look amazing. I am a pancake fanatic, and I love cinnamon too so this recipe looks like it was made for me! Your pictures are gorgeous – that stack of pancakes is perfection!!

  17. Andrea permalink
    April 29, 2013 3:38 pm

    Looks delicious but there’s nothing mexican about pancakes or “celebrating” 5 de Mayo… (I’m mexican btw).

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 29, 2013 3:44 pm

      Andrea, I mean no offense. This recipe was inspired from a dish I ate at a Mexican restaurant. And while I know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day, I still enjoy the festiveness of the holiday which is still a celebration of Mexican heritage.

  18. April 29, 2013 4:47 pm

    Oh wow. My mouth is watering.

  19. April 29, 2013 5:09 pm

    omg these pancakes look soo good! Def gonna try out this recipe!!

  20. April 29, 2013 6:45 pm

    Mouth is watering. This recipe is going down this weekend:)

  21. Renee permalink
    April 29, 2013 11:07 pm

    I’m so intrigued by these, and I can’t wait to try them. The bad/good news is that my husband hates cinnamon, which means I’ll have to eat them all by myself.

  22. April 30, 2013 12:40 am

    These pancakes look so good! Love the idea of cinnamon maple syrup! Delicious.

  23. Mert Parsons permalink
    April 30, 2013 8:29 am

    We’ll be down in July for these awesome pancakes! LOL When we go to the Farm in Maine in August, we always go to our favorite farm A Wrinkle in Thyme to get maple syrup. I’m going to ask if they have considered adding anything like cinnamon — they may love the idea and do it right there! XOXOX, Mert

  24. April 30, 2013 1:30 pm

    Oh my GOSH, these sound good! I’m a pancake kinda gal, and always looking for something new. Can’t wait to make a stack over the weekend. :D

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 1:05 am

      Oddly, I’m not a pancake kinda girl, but these were too intriguing not to make. I hope you enjoy!

  25. leewaswick permalink
    May 1, 2013 7:37 am

    Reblogged this on Lee Ann Waswick and commented:
    This looks so delicious! I hardly ever eat breakfast but this would be so worth waking up a few extra minutes early to make.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 1:06 am

      Definitely worth losing a few winks for these guys ;)

  26. May 5, 2013 7:52 am

    Reblogged this on lindaabes1's Blog and commented:
    Will definitely make these delicious looking Mexican pancakes!!!

  27. May 5, 2013 11:11 am

    holy moly! These look amazingly bad for me but I’m going to make an attempt. Thanks for sharing!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 6, 2013 8:49 am

      Ha!! Yes and yes. I hope you enjoyed!

  28. Sarah permalink
    May 14, 2013 8:36 pm

    These are delicious. I’m thinking of including orange zest in the syrup (and maybe the pancakes) next time.

  29. May 19, 2013 11:38 am

    oh my gosh. this looks WONDERFUL! I know that I’m going to be making these immediately

  30. kelly permalink
    June 23, 2013 6:26 am

    Hi – i found this recipe on pinterest this morning and decided to make for breakfast – OMG! Heaven in your mouth! Thank you for sharing!

  31. June 29, 2013 2:55 pm

    I made these for brunch today, and they were fantastic; they will definitely be going into my recipe collection. Thank you!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 30, 2013 5:22 am

      Lisa, that makes me so happy! Thanks for taking the time to let me know :) it’s always nice to hear about readers trying out recipes and diy’s. Makes this whole endeavor that much more awesome! And so glad you enjoyed these delicious pancakes! -xo

  32. July 22, 2013 4:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Mille Grazie, Mamma.

  33. Nadia permalink
    February 4, 2014 5:23 pm

    Just made these for dinner at my husband’s request and wow these were delicious!! The only change I made was for the syrup I had canned some Pecan Praline Syrup last year so subbed that for the maple syrup. :) My husband thought they tasted like Cinnamon Buns. Thanks again for a wonderful recipe. I think I make my pancakes alot smaller than yours because the recipe made like 2 dozen. Not a complaint because now I have leftovers! :)

  34. February 16, 2014 9:14 am

    making these this morning and am so excited for some cinnamon wonder in my day!

  35. Jeanine permalink
    March 3, 2015 7:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I made these tonight and they were delicious. Mine came out really thick, not cute and thin like yours. Any idea what I might have done wrong?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 5, 2015 12:27 pm

      It’s so hard to tell! Maybe too much batter in the pan? There’s nothing wrong with thick pancakes though ;)!!!

  36. Gina permalink
    April 17, 2015 3:39 pm

    Hi! I’m making these tomorrow morning for breakfast! Can’t wiat. Also, it’s a small thing, but you forgot to list cinnamon as a dry ingredient in the pancake directions. :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 22, 2015 9:22 am

      Thanks, just updated. Enjoy!


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