Saturday, August 23, 2008

Blueberry Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes

At 4 AM this morning, my five year old cowboy stood by bedside and poked me in the shoulder. "Mom....Mom.....Mom, I'm really tired." At 4 AM.
It just isn't necessary to express every thought. Some things go without saying. Like the fact that you're really really tired at 4AM.
Or these pancakes, for instance. I could poke you in the shoulder and tell you how delicious they are, that they taste like something to eat in a beach house in Maine in the early morning hours, with a little crunch of Midwest sensibility from the cornmeal. I could tell you all that. But it really isn't necessary. You already know. I sure as heck won't wake you up at 4 AM to tell you all this, but when you do wake up, you're going to want these for breakfast.
Money Saving Tips: If you don't have buttermilk on hand, make some by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to a 1-cup measuring cup and pouring milk to the top. Let stand for five minutes. Frozen blueberries work marvelously well if you don't have fresh. Raspberries, dried cranberries, or even kernels of corn would also be lovely here.
Blueberry Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes-adapted from the old Joy of Cooking
Estimated Cost: $4.00
Notes: I almost never make pancakes with butter in the batter, because frankly I want the most bang by putting butter on the top.
1 cup flour (I used half whole wheat)
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 and 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons oil or melted butter
2 eggs
zest of one lemon
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (not thawed)
butter and maple syrup, for serving
In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, powder, soda, and salt. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, oil, eggs, and zest. Pour over dry ingredients and mix very briefly, until just combined. Do not over mix. Gently mix in blueberries. Cook about 1/3 cup on lightly buttered griddle. Flip pancakes when bubbles form on raw side. Serve with butter and maple syrup.
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Tomato, Zucchini and Summer Squash Gratin with Parmesan and Garlic

38 comments:

Steph said...

Those pancakes look delicious! I love the blueberry and cornmeal addition.

jenjen said...

Mmmm, delicious! I wish I had made those this morning! Maybe tomorrow? Have a great day!!!

Di said...

Cornmeal pancakes (no blueberries, though) are the norm around here. I like them better than regular ones, and get no complaints from Brianna or Gillian. I'm luckier than you--Brianna waited until 6:30 to come poke at me... which was still way to early.

gigi said...

Oh my good gracious, those look just marvelous, darlin! Can't wait to try them. Now do you make your own maple syrup?

Pamela said...

I've never had cornmeal pancakes, but they look delicious. The blueberries look fantastic! My son will sometimes come to me around 5 in the morning and wake me to fix a toy. Gotta love 'em!

Mary Ann said...

Oh how I love anything with buttermilk! These look wonderful, we love blueberries at this house! Thanks again, in advance, Prudy!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I don't mind if you wake me up at 4am, as long as you bring with you a plate full of those! Kids...

Dr. Mom said...

Those look yummy! I know how it feels ...I've been nudged with a cold wet nose for two mornings in a row at 4:30 am to get up. If it's not a child, it's a dog...I'm so tired. If I had any energy I would be making these!

MK and Co. said...

Westy boy poking you to tell you he was tired is hilarious! It's a good thing he told you or you might not have ever known. Adam woke me up in the middle of the night once to flip over his pillow because it was much too hot. Well your pancakes look delicious and I envy your lucky kids who get to wake up to such a tasty pretty breakfast.

taffi said...

oh, these look lovely. mmmmmm.

sorry about the 4 a.m. wakeup complaint.

Candy said...

Now my boys don't even go to bed until 4 AM some nights. Of course then they sleep until 4 PM! Pancakes look wonderful!

Poonam said...

Lovely pancakes! Awaiting the next recipe!

Erin said...

These looks yummy! I love good homemade blueberry pancakes.

Dawn said...

Prudy darling you CAN wake me at 4am as much as you want, to poke or prod me, just as long as you make me these pancakes. OK?

Catherine said...

The pancakes looks delicious. I wish we could've joined you for breakfast this morning. But as usual, my kids had plans of their own. I love that Westy woke up you to tell you he was tired! Too funny!

Marjie said...

These look great! I love the addition of blueberries to anything!

The Blonde Duck said...

I don't think you understand. I am a breakfast fiend. I love breakfast. I adore breakfast. I eat breakfast for dinner twice a week (with restraint).

I've got to go back to the store now. I need buttermilk and blueberries so I can stuff myself with these and pass out with my lips sealed shut from syrup.

Bridgett said...

I would gladly get up early for those! They look delicious with the blueberries. Hopefully your little one will let you sleep in until 4:30 tomorrow ;)

Jenny said...

OH man, there's nothing like fresh pancakes on the weekend! These look lovely as usual Prudy! Have a great rest of your weekend.

Sharon said...

Ooh, get some sleep! Just a reminder that I'm not quite ready for little ones yet. I need my 8 hours :)

We were visiting some friends and they made these pancakes from the Joy of Cooking. Simply delicious!

Katie said...

Blueberry pancakes are one of my favorite breakfasts!

I remember the day (only 8 years ago, haha) when I was the child standing my parent's room, disturbing their sleep in the early morning. My sister & I grew out of it - I'm sure yours will too :)

Lore said...

Yay for the bueberry - buttermilk combo! I use to pair blackcurrants with buttermilk so I'm sure these pancakes made everyone feel like they were in heaven.

Marie said...

What lovely looking griddle cakes! I am going to give these a try, maybe even for our supper tonight! I even have the blueberries on hand!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe! I wooed my boyfriend with this recipe and it's the reason he has such a lovely belly now...hee-hee!

carmen said...

Yum. I just bought some cornmeal this weekend and will try this out! 4:00 a.m. is not a time to be awake. :)

Darius T. Williams said...

Do you have any idea how good this looks?

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

Mmmm . . Yummy, I've tried different pancakes recipes... never one with cornmeal though...

Sara said...

I want to eat breakfast at your house! These look fantastic! I'm going to Wow my husband tonight with your version of Shepherd's Pie...I'm sure it will be a hit!!!

Jeena said...

Oooh I love your pancakes Prudy they look wonderful!

Beth said...

I thought 5am was bad!! That was the time Lowen woke us up this morning! I feel for you!! We love pancakes in this house - especially blueberry ones!! Ive recently started making more savoury pancakes and Lowen devours them too! They are just great and fairly cheap to make!!

Lisa said...

Nothing like a wake up call but at least you had these delcious pancakes.

hot garlic said...

You are so funny Prudy! I love the way you wrote this, you have such wit and talent!

And they do sound delicious!

jessbcuz said...

Just had to say that I'm so with you on the no need to express every thought.... but they just do! But 4 a.m.? My 5 year old has just been lazy! It's been 6 a.m. for the last 3 weeks--- but on the bright side, he's already on the school schedule (starts tomorrow!)

Debinhawaii said...

I want pancakes! They look delicious.

Nickki said...

Those pancakes look delicious. I'd get up at 4am for these! I never put butter in my pancake mix either. I prefer to add it after they are made :)

Allie said...

I wish I made these for breakfast instead of my bowl of cereal!

1freshstart said...

Oh, those look delish! I think my husband is going to take over pancake-making responsibilities. Did you go back to sleep?
~Cat

Janna said...

You know I am a sucker for pancakes....