Breakfast is my favorite meal so it’s ironic that I sometimes skip it if I’m having a hectic morning. I know, I know … it’s the most important meal of the day and shouldn’t be overlooked, but occasionally it happens.
During the week, breakfast is quick and simple, usually a bowl of cereal and lots of coffee. For a little excitement, I may have toast with jam or oatmeal with golden syrup. On weekends, we branch out into french toast, eggs or sometimes pancakes. Pancakes are a ‘sometimes’ food mostly because I don’t like the actual process of frying them. I find that the first batch turn out too light, the second batch is just perfect, and all subsequent batches are borderline burnt.
Lately, I’ve had pancake cravings and decided to cave in. My mother made buttermilk pancakes often and they always turned out perfectly. Somehow, her pancake gene did not get passed on to me. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it’s not my thing and I’m destined to make sub-par pancakes. It’s ok.
Well … if Tyler Florence shows up on my doorstep asking to do a Food 911 episode on pancakes, I’d throw on my pajamas in a heartbeat. Otherwise, I’ll remain a pancake underachiever.
I used an old recipe found written on a piece of bank stationary which had intrigued me ever since I discovered it. The pancake recipe stood out to me for its use of cornmeal. I figured the cornmeal might add flavor and texture which could boost ordinary buttermilk pancakes to a whole new level.
The batter seemed too thick as written so I increased the buttermilk to nearly 1 1/2 cups. While frying on the first side, I sprinkled a few pancakes with fresh blueberries although you can’t really see them in these photos.
The pancakes turned out delicious, light and fluffy with crisp edges. The cornmeal did bring a new flavor and texture to otherwise standard buttermilk pancakes. And, as expected, I burned a few. But, I did manage to fulfill my craving and can make it for another month or two until the next urge strikes me.
Do you have any tips or tricks for making pancakes? If so, share your suggestions in the comments below.