Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

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You, dear readers, remind me of myself. You hate surprises. You just can’t wait. You have to know what’s up NOW. Right…now.

I get it…that’s how I am, too. That’s probably why we get along so well, you and I.

Plus, you probably love breakfast. No one was every lying when they said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s true! While some of you (and many of my patients) say you “can’t” eat in the mornings, or you’re just not hungry…I just can’t relate. After my morning coffee, it’s on to the next best thing (breakfast).

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Breakfast at home on the weekends has been neglected as of late. Travel and life have gotten me away from my weekend breakfast events and by last week, I was desperate for breakfast food. So desperate that we had breakfast for dinner. Let me just say that breakfast for dinner (“brinner” I recently heard it referred to — how cute!) is quite the stellar idea. I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not whipping up flapjacks on a Monday morning…but I can surely reheat some in about 30 seconds…that I can do.

Back to my original rant — you guys can’t bare the suspense of me bragging about a recipe on Facebook and then not sharing. And so I cave…because it’s just not kind to withhold recipes from people. That’s just mean.

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I didn’t dare tell Mr. Prevention that these pancakes contained corn. Despite his Illinois corn field roots, he would give me the side eye in disapproval. I went about my brinner-making way and as soon as he smelled the organic Michigan blueberries picked by your truly simmering away in the balsamic vinegar and sugar, his nose got the best of him. On my hip in no time was that hubby of mine.

I couldn’t even get the pancakes off the griddle before he was helping himself…and loving these corny (literally) pancakes. I have no doubt that you’ll love them, too.

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Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce very slightly adapted from Eats Well with Others and originally, Smitten Kitchen

Sweet Corn Pancakes:
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels (about 1 ear’s worth)
1 egg
1 1/2 cups reduced fat buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white wheat flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt

Blueberry Balsamic Sauce:
1 1/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp cornstarch

Directions:

In a small saucepan, heat the blueberries, water and sugar until boiling. Boil gently over low heat for 5-7 minutes. Add in the balsamic vinegar and cornstarch. Simmer until thick, with a syrupy consistency, about 4-5 additional minutes.

In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the corn kernels and saute until just starting to brown, about 4 minutes. Toss in a pinch of salt, stir and remove to a bowl to cool, reserving pan.

In a large bowl, whisk the egg until lightly beaten. Whisk in the buttermilk, vanilla, sugar, and corn. In a separate, smaller bowl, stir together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir the dry into the wet ingredients just until combined.

Heat the skillet that was used to cook the corn over medium heat. Ladle 1/4 cup batter at a time onto the pan, leaving about 2 inches in-between each pancake. Cook on one side until small bubbles start to form on the top of the pancakes and the sides are just set and then flip and cook for another minute. Repeat with remaining batter.

Yield: 2 pancakes with ~1/4 cup blueberries and syrup

Nutrition Information (per serving): 414 calories; 8.5 g. fat; 50 mg. cholesterol; 434 mg. sodium; 69.8 g. carbohydrate; 5.8 g. fiber; 6.3 g. protein

Result: DEEEELICIOUS! These were simple to make and definitely something fresh and new. The corn adds a fun texture that accompanies the sweet of the saucy blueberries. I added some nutrition by opting for whole wheat, and I cut out two-thirds of the sugar in the sauce recipe. There’s plenty to go around and then some. Though a bit high in carbohydrate, these pancakes are also high in fiber…and antioxidants. Enjoy!

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Work, diabetes cooking class, and my last work holiday party…wee!

P.S.  The tikka masala was a HUGE hit – woo!

Be well,

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14 Comments

  1. December 12, 2012 / 6:31 am

    I’m thinking of making a giant vat of that Blueberry balsamic and just putting it on every single thing I eat for a day.

  2. December 12, 2012 / 7:35 am

    My boyfriend actually said last week that one of the reasons we work so well is the importance we both place on breakfast. It’s always my favorite meal we have out….

  3. December 12, 2012 / 7:59 am

    Oh YUM. I am drooling over here. Haven’t had breakfast yet, and I’m home alone. It would be a shame if I made this without Nick here to enjoy 😉

  4. December 12, 2012 / 9:34 am

    Beautiful photos for what sounds like an elegant (and highly delicious) breakfast. Love the uniqueness of this and I bet that blueberry sauce is amazing.

  5. Lizzie
    December 12, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    I am SO with you. I wake up starving most days, and I also LOVE brinner! I am so glad you made this because I thought it looked great on “Eats Well…” but I was nervous to try it.

  6. December 13, 2012 / 1:06 am

    I couldn’t imagine not eating breakfast. I’d never make it through the day.

  7. December 13, 2012 / 5:23 am

    Yummm! I was drooling when Joanne posted this, and now I’m drooling again….need to make this already! We love breakfast for dinner at my house. Of course, my kids would flip out if I put corn in their pancakes 🙂

  8. December 13, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    I think corn pancakes would be a big hit in my house.

  9. December 13, 2012 / 5:17 pm

    These look AMAZING! I love corn pancakes…and that blue berry sauce just sounds so tasty! Yum.

  10. December 14, 2012 / 7:12 pm

    YUM! And yes, you’re right… I. LOVE. BREAKFAST. And don’t get why some (or most) people can’t eat it! Sometimes I think I’m weird for how much I look forward to breakfast… good to know I’m not alone in this world!

    I bet these yummy corn cakes would be great with a savory topping as well!

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