Blueberry Johnnycakes

I recently told my mom that one of my favorite dinners growing up was when we’d have ‘breakfast for dinner.’ Typically, it was warm scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, pancakes, or waffles. The novelty of it, and the fact that syrup was involved, made it delightful. My mom laughed, because she made this meal at the end of the month, when there wasn’t much money left to grocery shop.

It just goes to show you, kids are often oblivious to budget issues, especially when it comes to food. Because of my fond childhood memories, we frequently have breakfast for dinner. It’s fun, simple,  as an adult, I can attest that it is friendly on the wallet. I served these blueberry johnnycakes (cornmeal pancakes) with a fruit smoothie and some bacon brushed with maple syrup.

Blueberry Johnnycakes
makes 18-25 small pancakes

1/2 cup plus 2 T cornmeal
1/3 cup flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 T brown sugar
pinch salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups milk
2 T butter, melted
1 1/2  cups fresh blueberries

1) Whisk cornmeal through salt in bowl. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla, and milk together. Add wet ingredients to dry, and stir until just combined. Add melted butter, and stir until incorporated.

2) Heat skillet until a drop of water sizzles on the surface. Grease with a little butter, or bacon grease if feeling extra decadent. Drop small amounts of batter (about 1/8 cup), and cook for about 15 seconds. Sprinkle a few blueberries and lightly press in with spatula. Flip after a minute or two (first side should just be beginning to brown on edges.) Cook second side for 1-2 minutes, until brown on edges.

3) Serve warm with maple syrup.

Comments 4

  1. Julie wrote:

    Mmm. These look delicious, Anna! I’m so excited too that the main ingredient is cornmeal…long story short, I began eating gluten free about 6 months ago and I miss pretty much everything I used to eat.

    But, with these, I think I could just sub some gf flour mix for the flour and then I’d be set. I’m totally on the lookout for anything where the main ingredient isn’t flour, so this is exciting for me!

    Posted 19 Jul 2010 at 2:59 am
  2. Anna wrote:

    Julie – have you checked out the blog Elana’s Pantry? She’s all gluten-free, and she has some pretty great recipes.

    Posted 19 Jul 2010 at 3:38 am
  3. A Little Yumminess wrote:

    You have a great blueberry theme going..I like it. We are going through a mango phase ourselves. Johnnycakes is great name for pancakes!

    Posted 19 Jul 2010 at 6:04 am
  4. Julie wrote:

    Yes! I’m really excited because I just saw a link to her blog in one of your other entries (or a comment or something) so I’ve added it to my feed reader to check it out.

    I’m soooo not good at all the flours and random stuff you have to add to substitute for gluten but I’ve been cooking a lot of ethnic things and recipes that just use rice flour with some success.

    Pancakes are suprisingly one of the only things I’ve found that are easy to make and actually *taste* normal, so it’s good to add this one to my list to try!

    Posted 19 Jul 2010 at 4:17 pm

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