Wednesday, February 6, 2008

What's Cooking Wednesday: Cornmeal Pancakes with Apples

Believe it or not, I consider this to be a very romantic recipe. In our salad days, D and I were living on opposite sides of Massachusetts and spent many weekends together. We were both grad students, we had no money, and pleasures had to be fairly simple. Two pleasures that I remember with great fondness were Sunday morning hikes with various other folks from D's department and D making me these wonderful pancakes. The original recipe used more butter, white flour, etc., but we actually prefer this version now (as do our waistlines). Enjoy! Photos will be forthcoming this Sunday, I hope.

Cornmeal Pancakes with Apples


1 apple, preferably granny smith, peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces

1 cup cornmeal
1 tsp salt
1 TBS maple syrup (or equivalent, for my non-U.S./Canadian friends)
1/2 cup boiling water

1 egg
1 cup lowfat buttermilk (or regular buttermilk, if you can't get the lower fat version)
1 TBS melted butter

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or plain whole wheat flour, but this gives it a smoother texture)
2 tsp baking powder


1. Take the cornmeal, salt, maple syrup and boiling water and mix together. Set aside for 10 minutes.

2. Peel, core and chop the apple. Set aside.

3. Melt the butter in a sauce pan or the microwave. Beat the egg, and then add the buttermilk and the butter. Mix together.

4. Sift the flour or give it a whirl in the food processor several times. Then add the baking powder and repeat.

5. When the ten minutes is up, mix the wet ingredients into the cornmeal mixture. Then add the flour mixture with a few quick strokes. Lastly stir in the apple bits.

6. Spray a non-stick skillet. Cook the pancakes until bubbles rise and they look "done", and then flip them over and cook another 30 seconds to a minute.

Serve with syrup or fruit salad or jam.

6 servings. (Two pancakes per person).

Nutritional Info

Fat: 4.2g
Carbohydrates: 32.6g
Protein: 5.5g

As always, nutrition information supplied by the recipe calculator at And please go to Shan's place for more What's Cooking Wednesday participants.


anno said...

mmmmmmm.... If only I'd seen this before I made breakfast this morning. Oh well, maybe we'll try this tomorrow!

Korie said...

SOunds delicious. Also sort of funny cause last night I was feeling really down and my boyfriend made us apple pancakes. I think I might toss this recipe his way (his were delicious but probably not too healthy)

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

Yum yum and yum.

Did I say yum?

soccer mom in denial said...

Wait? Which side of MA did you live on?

Jami said...

Oh, man! It's 10:54 here and suddenly I am HUNGRY! And to hell with lunch - I want these pancakes!

(Already printed out the recipe and now trying to remember how much whole wheat flour we have left at home.)

Madam Crunchypants said...

ooooh, those sound delicious!

Jen said...

Anno, it's really easy - and perfect for this icky Michigan weather!

Well, Lilac, your pancakes sounded might good, too. I think one can never have too many pancake recipes. ;-)

Espresso - and see - no weird U.S. ingredients!

SMId - I sent you an e-mail about that, but I was living in Cambridge and D was living in the Amherst area.

Jami - you can use plain flour, too.

Thalia's Child - They're really delicious - and they'd certainly be a toddler pleaser, too!

Anonymous said...

...and no nightshades! lol I love it.

Jen said...

I was actually looking for a non-nightshade recipe, CG - thinking of you! ;-)

Shan said...

Those sound way better than the plain pancakes we had last night.

Anonymous said...

Oh yummy! Sounds delicious!

Sister Sassy said...

ok, my family LOVES pancakes and we even have them for dinner sometimes so I will so need to try out this recipe. thanks!'s that Cheese Delight gig coming along? lol!
jk :)

Mariposa said...

Romantic recipe...I should learn all these recipes you have!

Jen, pls be more patient with my story...I changed the first part bec I let somebody review it and he said it sucks... :(

But, not that chinese new year is done...I will have more time on it. I just feel a kind of pressured after reading the stories there... :S

Kong Hei Fat Choi to you and your family!

Thistlemoon said...

This looks great!

Hey, did one of you go to UMASS, Amherst? I used to live around there and although I was never a grad stuent I knew many who were! lol!

Unknown said...

Oh, my, this sounds so delicious. Makes me feel guilty admitting I never make a cooked breakfast. This is tempting, though. Bet it would also taste great made with tart English cooking apples. They are similar to Granny Smiths but with more bite. Don't think you can get them over here. In fact, I'd love to know what you do use over here for apple pies and other cooked apple dishes.

Momisodes said...

Oh my....I'm drooling here. I love apples and pancakes. What a phenomenal recipe. I want to try!

Alex Elliot said...

I didn't realize you used to live out here! The pancakes sound fantastic.

terancedubya said...

Mmmmm...this recipe will be tried tomorrow morning and pictures of it posted on my site. This recipe sounds flippin fantastic. Found ya while bloghoppin. I'll be back for more your cooking treats.