Cornmeal Pancakes

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 medium egg
  • oil for frying

In a good sized mixing bowl combine the cornmeal, sugar or honey, and salt. Add the boiling water. The cornmeal will swell up into a lumpy mess. That’s alright, don’t worry about it. Stir the lumpy mess vigorously with a whisk or fork until it is a thick batter. Let it cool down a little bit. Add the flour, baking powder, milk and egg. Keep stirring the batter until it is nice and smooth. Drop the mixture by 1/3 cupfuls onto a hot, greased skillet. Fry until the underside is golden brown, and the top side bubbles a bit. Turn the pancakes over and continue frying until well browned.

Stack on a plate and serve with applesauce, or pancake syrup. Another option is to serve them as the hot bread with a main meal like soup, or chili. I like them with split pea soup especially, but they are versatile enough to go with many different entre├ęs.

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