Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup

It’s Recipe ReDux time and I’m celebrating pancakes this month! Here is the theme:

Start unpacking your favorite vacation memories. Think about a trip you took state-side or internationally and create a healthy recipe from an unforgettable meal you enjoyed. Or, create a recipe from a native ingredient you saw or tasted on your travels.

 Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Zestful Kitchen

This recipe was inspired by a dessert my family and I enjoyed on vacation this summer. Every year we head to the North woods and spend a week in a little cabin by the lake. It’s a yearly tradition, filled with tons of laughs, late nights, and laying on the beach. I share more about our traditions and treats in my post all about S’mores.

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She found the recipe in the July issue of Bon Appétit magazine. A Blueberry and Corn Crisp that showcased the season’s best—fresh sweet corn and juicy blueberries. And, damn, let me tell you, it was delicious, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was juicy, crispy, and just sweet enough. How could this dessert not inspire a Recipe ReDux post?

The pancakes, with just a touch of sugar, get most of their sweetness from small pockets of fresh sweet corn. They are great with just a drizzle of maple syrup but also play well with savory ingredients like smoked salmon, chives, cream cheese, and capers. And the blueberry syrup isn’t limited to breakfast alone; it’s great drizzled over greek yogurt, ice cream, or even a grilled pork chop.

Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Zestful Kitchen

Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup
Makes: 12 pancakes
  • Corn Kernels:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ear corn, kernels cut from cob (about 1 cup)

  • Pancakes:
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. In a large cast iron skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat, add corn kernels and sauté until softened, 2–3 minutes. Transfer kernels to a bowl and wipe out skillet.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together buttermilk, eggs, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and vanilla. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until just combined, and some lumps remain; stir in reserved corn kernels.
  3. Reheat cast iron skillet over medium, coat pan with butter and drop batter by ¼ cup onto hot skillet. Cook until bubbles form on surface and bottoms are golden brown, 2–3 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown, 2 minutes.
  4. Serve with butter and Blueberry Maple Syrup.

Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Zestful Kitchen

Blueberry Maple Syrup
Makes: 1½ cups
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Combine blueberries, maple syrup, water, sugar, zest, and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring blueberries to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring constantly.
  1. Whisk together 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch to make slurry; stir slurry into simmering blueberry mixture and continue to simmer until it has thickened and becomes shiny, 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.

Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Zestful Kitchen

Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Maple Syrup | Zestful Kitchen


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