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Sweet Corn Pancakes

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Sweet Corn Pancakes

Sweet Corn Pancakes

Photo © Molly Watson
My grandmother used to throw leftover cooked corn kernels in Bisquik pancakes and call them "corn pancakes." They were, quite frankly, always a disappointment. I've finally made corn pancakes as I always envisioned them: as tasting of fresh, sweet corn. The trick? Actually using fresh, sweet corn much as I do in this Sweet Corn Cake. You can puree half or all of the corn, depending on whether you want actually corn kernels in the final pancakes or just their sweet, corn-y goodness.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • About 4 medium ears of sweet corn
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted

Preparation:

  1. Shuck corn and cut off kernels. Measure 2 cups corn kernels and set aside.
  2. Heat a griddle or large frying pan to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a blender or food processor, whirl milk and 1 - 2 cups of the corn kernels until fully pureed (puree all the corn kernels for smooth, corn-flavored pancakes; puree half the corn kernels if you want to reserve some to add whole to the pancakes).
  4. Add eggs and oil to milk-corn mixture and whirl until blended. Add flour mixture, 1/3 at a time, and whirl until smooth after each addition. Add butter and pulse a few times to blend. Stir in reserved corn kernels if you chose kernel-laden cakes.
  5. Coat griddle or pan with a bit of butter or spray oil. Pour batter in about 3-tablespoon amounts to make 3- to 4-inch pancakes. Cook until bubbles appear over entire surface, about 2 minutes. Flip pancakes and cook until golden brown on second side and cooked through, about 1 minute. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.

Makes 4 servings (about 20 pancakes) Sweet Corn Pancakes.

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