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yellow pancakes on a pink plate topped with blueberry sauce

Cornmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 pancakes (4 servings) + 1 ¼ cups compote 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Tender cornmeal pancakes featuring pockets of fresh sweet corn. Serve with a flavor-packed blueberry compote and fresh basil for the ultimate brunch.




  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, divided 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 ear corn, kernels cut from cob (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Basil, for serving, optional


For the blueberry syrup, combine blueberries, maple syrup, ¼ cup water, zest and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.

Whisk together 1 tablespoon lemon juice and cornstarch. Stir slurry into blueberry mixture and simmer until sauce thickens and becomes shiny, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in remaining tablespoon lemon juice and vanilla extract; set aside.

Heat oven to 200ºF (93ºC). Line a sheet pan with a wire rack

For the pancakes, in a large cast iron skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat, add corn kernels and sauté until softened, 3–5 minutes. Transfer kernels to a bowl; wipe out skillet.

In a large bowl whisk together cornmeal, flour, coconut 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 nearly combined, and some dry pockets of flour remain; stir in cooked corn kernels.

Reheat cast iron skillet over medium, coat pan lightly with butter. Spoon batter by ¼ cup onto hot skillet, spreading into a roughly 3½-inch circle. Cook until bubbles form on surface and bottoms are golden brown, 1½–2 minutes. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown, 1½ minutes.

Transfer pancakes to prepared sheet pan and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining batter. 

Serve with butter, blueberry compote and fresh basil, if using. 


The blueberry compote will last up to 2 weeks stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


  • Serving Size: 3 pancakes + heaping ¼ cup compote
  • Calories: 285
  • Sugar: 23g
  • Sodium: 198mg
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 111mg

Keywords: Johnny Cakes, Cornmeal Pancakes

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