Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Pancake Hat-Trick: Cornmeal, cinnamon and blueberries for the win

Good things come in threes. This is my third pancake recipe following Crack of Dawn Pancakes and Daddy Pancakes. And the cornmeal, cinnamon and fresh blueberries (or in the case above, a quick blueberry compote since it's too early for good fresh blueberries) combine here for a great morning breakfast.

I developed this recipe when I moved away from Crested Butte, Colorado. I can't remember the name of the restaurant that served them, but I ate them every weekend for awhile. The cornmeal makes them heartier than your average buttermilk pancake.

In the summer I toss in fresh blueberries. Don't try it with frozen blueberries - they get all weird when the water is released.

Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberries and Cinnamon
Print recipe only here

Whisk together (yes, dry whisking works well, too. The cornmeal helps break up any flour lumps):

* ¾ cup all-purpose flour
* ¾ cup cornmeal
* 1 T sugar
* 1 t baking powder
* ½ t baking soda
* ¼ t salt
* 2 t cinnamon

Whisk together in a small mixing bowl:

* 1 egg
* 1 cup buttermilk
* 1 T canola oil

Swiftly combine the liquid and dry ingredients without over mixing.

Cook on a preheated griddle. If using blueberries, ladle the batter onto the griddle, then scatter a handful of berries on top.

Quick Blueberry Compote
Whisk together over medium-low heat:
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2T blueberry preserves (I like Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry preserves)
2 T sugar
Fresh lemon juice, to taste (start with about half a lemon)

Bring to a gentle boil, simmer for a few minutes. Taste and add more sugar or lemon as needed.


What a Dish! said...

Saw your pancake pic on Tastespotting- these pancakes look divine! I love buttermilk pancakes, and blueberries. I'm going to bookmark this one. ;)

grace said...

cinnamon is not an optional ingredient when i'm responsible for making pancakes. adding that blueberry compote would send them over the top for me! stellar recipe! :)

Katie Fairbank said...

thanks grace and WAD! for visiting. I'm impressed, grace, that you routinely add cinnamon to pancakes. I often add it to scones but hadn't considered a dusting on my regular buttermilk pancakes. I'll have to try that. Happy eating. Cheers, KF

Anonymous said...

I was looking to make some fast and easy pancakes this morning, and tried these. I didn't have buttermilk, and just used skim milk, but they were still amazing! Thanks for the recipe! you = genius!

Katie Fairbank said...

great to know it works well with skim, too. thanks for sharing your results, jasmine.