These pancakes are my go-to item when having guests for breakfast or brunch and they are always a hit. The recipe is tried and true. I found it in a book we used to carry in the store called The Cornbread Gospels by Crescent Dragonwagon. We are no longer able to get the book for the store but it is available through Amazon private sellers and at Barnes & Noble online. At the time of this writing, Powell’s Book Store in Portland was out of stock.
I hope you get as much enjoyment from this recipe as I have.
Orange-Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes
Combine the cornmeal, white and whole wheat flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl
In a smaller bowl, beat the egg then stir in the orange zest, orange juice, and buttermilk. Stir in the melted butter.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture and whisk quickly to blend the ingredients thoroughly. Do not overbeat. Stir in the blueberries.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. If it is non-stick you will not need oil or butter. If not, melt some butter in the pan and coat. When the skillet is nice and hot, lower the heat slightly to medium and spoon the batter onto it using about 2 tablespoons of batter per pancake.
Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look cooked then flip once and cook until done.
Serve with your favorite tasty toppings - butter, pure maple syrup, coconut flakes, toasted pecans - the list goes on.
Who doesn’t love a delicious perfectly cooked pancake? Pancakes can be savory or sweet, breakfast or dinner, silver dollar sized or dinner plate sized. But no matter how you like your pancakes, you should
- start with a great batter made with the best ingredients you can get
- patiently cook your pancakes on a pan that heats evenly
- carefully flip your pancakes when ready
Below is our version of the perfect thick and fluffy pancake.
This is a perfect recipe for thick and fluffy pancakes.
In a large measuring cup, mix the eggs and milk well.
In an appropriate sized bowl that will accommodate all the ingredients, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
Add the melted butter to the egg/milk mixture then immediately pour it into the well in the dry ingredients.
Stir until just combined using a silicone spoon or spatula to draw the dry ingredients up from the bottom.
DO NOT OVER MIX
The batter should be lumpy and thick but decently incorporated.
Allow the batter to rest while you select your griddle or fry pan allowing time for it to heat to medium/medium high (you know your stove best).
When you flick a few droplets of water on your pan and they dance around, your pan is ready.
Add a little butter (or bacon grease) to the pan and coat it evenly.
Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to dip from your batter bowl and pour the mixture onto the waiting griddle/pan.
Do not flip the pancakes until bubbles appear and pop. If your pancakes are burning before they are bubbling then turn down your heat.
Once they have bubbled and popped, flip them and let the other side cook. When they're done, they should slide on the pan easily.
Serve immediately with your choice of "garnishes".