8 February 2013

Corn Pancakes with Balsamic Blueberry Sauce from Eats Well With Others

Corn Pancakes with Balsamic Blueberry Sauce

This coming Tuesday will be Shrove Tuesday. From my earliest food memories this day has always been referred to as "Pancake Day." As a child I loved the fact that we could have "breakfast for dinner," long before it ever became a catch phrase. We would climb into our pyjamas and gather around the large wooden dining room table wolfing down as many pancakes as we could handle at such a tender young age.

Of course Canada is not the only country celebrating this time of year. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday" and celebrated world wide. Paczki Day (pronounced much like ‘punch-key’) is celebrated in Poland; and then there is Italy with Carnavale, and Britain with Shrove Tuesday. All of these celebrations have roots born from the necessity to use up our household perishables such as eggs and dairy which are generally banned during Lent. If you practice religious holidays this is your last night to indulge in rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. So let's get started early.

What kid, or adult for that matter, wouldn't want to have pancakes for dinner with loads of Canadian maple syrup!!!! You don't have to be British, Catholic, Polish, follow Lent, have maple syrup, or be in New Orleans or Italy to have some delicious pancakes for dinner on Shrove Tuesday! These days I don't even need an excuse to have breakfast for dinner.

I found this recipe over at Eats Well With Others that has just the right amount of sweet and savoury for me to satisfy my soul. I highly recommend Joanne's recipe to create a more grown up version of your childhood favourite. You will not be disappointed. The balsamic blueberry sauce is Joannes own creation and the best pancake topping I have had in a long time. I bet these pancakes would be excellent in the waffle maker as well. So start thinking now of how you'll celebrate whether it be with pancakes, King Cake or castagnole. February is the perfect time to rejuvenate and get over the winter "blahs."Grab some beads, some coins and head to the kitchen!

**Corn Pancakes with Balsamic Blueberry Sauce**
recipe from Joanne of Eats Well With Others

2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels (about 1 ear's worth)
1 egg
1 1/4 cups reduced fat buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt

In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the corn kernels and sauté 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. Add more flour or milk as needed until batter is the right consistency - slightly thick but still pourable.

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.

Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch

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

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

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  1. Divine! Those pancakes look amazing.



  2. You're right . . . no excuse necessary to eat these babies.

    What a lovely tradition and memory. What I mostly remember about Lent -- aside from not-s-good fish every Friday -- was trying to gorge on candy before I had to :give it up!"

  3. So pretty w/ all the blues and chippy white board:)

  4. Ooh! I love cornmeal pancakes! I love blueberry sauce. I am with everyone else who says you don't need an excuse to eat them.

    Also want to wish you a belated happy blogiversary. I have enjoyed these six years (has it really been that long?) immensely!

    1. it has, and it seems to me that we have both been blogging all these years together. Lets raise a glass of OJ, since it is before 8 AM, to 6 more tasty years.

  5. Oh yes, you make pancakes for dinner enticing! My mom made them with corn in them....I much prefer the balsamic blueberry sauce!

  6. How wonderful it looks...never had cornmeal pancakes...wonder why... gonna have to give them a try...they look so yummmy with that blueberry sauce all over them...have a happy weekend.with love Janice

  7. that is one of the finest looking stacks of pancakes i've ever seen, no lie! blueberry sauce is the perfect accompaniment, and it's my favorite part of the whole shebang!

  8. You know I love the plates, love the teapot and of course I love the blueberries pancakes!!!

    1. I thought of you Gloria when I put everything on blue plates:D

  9. A local church here always has a wonderful pancake supper. I know though, that they won't have any offerings this yummy, especially with that gorgeous blueberry syrup! :)

  10. It seems so early for Shrove Tuesday!

  11. What a wonderful way to begin the Lenten fast. These sound better than delicious and that blueberry sauce has my name written all over it. I have to give this a try. Have a wonderful weekend, Val. Blessings...Mary

  12. Thanks for your visit and comment. Thank you for the reminder that it is Shrove Tuesday coming up. Pancakes have gone on the menu :-) have a great Sunday. Diane

  13. Thanks for stopping by More Time! I love pancakes for Shrove Tuesday...or Fat Tuesday, as it's called at the church where I direct the choir. We're having a big pancake feast there, so I guess I won't be making any--though I could make some for lunch, eh? Happy Chinese New Year, Alyce

  14. And P.S. I have those dishes--not many, but enough for the two of us. When in London, I checked out the pattern at Harrod's. Uh, I could not actually afford them there. Luckily I find them occasionally in consignment shops. Love calico!

  15. Oh wow. This looks fantastic! I totally forgot about shrove tuesday. I must make this sometime!

  16. Your pancakes look so fluffy Val! And I am def loving that blueberry balsamic sauce!

  17. I LOVE your dishes!!!
    Joanne has some gem recipes and that blueberry syrup is right up my alley. Love this idea, Val, and your photos are making me drool all over the keyboard. Yum.

  18. These would be great for Shrove Tuesday! I am making our favourite ricotta, lemon, and wild blueberry pancakes.

  19. Aww you are so sweet and I'm SOOO glad you liked them! That sauce is truly amazing.

  20. I have never had corn pancakes before, Val. They sound so delicious with that amazing sauce. :-)

  21. I wish we have here a pancake day, because i love it, but i don`t make , frequently. Love the blueberries balsamic sauce, sound delicious.


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