Most days of my short break from school have gone the same way: my mom and I rise at around the same time (early), and she goes off to work (my mom is an artist and an art teacher), while I stay at home to work on my blog/business, and to see friends. This means we haven’t shared too many breakfasts together, so it was a real treat for us both to sleep in a little today and eat a “fancy” meal together in the morning. On my way to the gym, I asked my mom how cornmeal pancakes sounded; she said they sounded great. So upon my return, I set about whipping up this plate of fluffy lemon blueberry cornmeal pancake deliciousness. 20 minutes later, breakfast was served.
One of the first cornmeal pancakes I ever tried were cornmeal and raspberry pancakes from my friend Eat, Drink and Be Vegan (a book I highly, highly recommend). It was love at first bite; I appreciated the unusual texture of the pancakes, which were someplace in between a very light bit of cornbread, and a traditional breakfast treat. I subsequently learned that cornmeal pancakes are actually a classic breakfast dish (though vegan varieties are a newer invention). Popular combinations seem to be blueberry cornmeal, raspberry cornmeal, and lemon cornmeal. Lemon fanatic that I am, I figured I had to try a lemon variety sooner or later. My mom, however, is a blueberry pancake fan, and so I decided to try my hand at a hybrid of the two recipes this morning.
I used brown rice flour in this recipe, though whole wheat pastry flour, buckwheat flour, all purpose flour, all purpose GF flour mix, and sorghum flour would all work quite nicely. I also highly recommend—nay, I almost insist—that you use a finely ground cornmeal here. Medium grind works nicely for polenta and breakfast cereal, but for delicate pancakes, you’ll want a fine grind. You can find this at the supermarket, or order online; Bob’s Red Mill makes one for sure. If you really can’t find fine ground cornmeal, medium will do, but forget about course grind; your pancakes will be much too gritty, and they won’t be fluffy the way pancakes ought to be!
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