Thursday, February 11, 2016

Apple Blueberry Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

What is a griddle cake, you ask? It's the same idea as a pancake with the added element of cornmeal and it's typically cooked on a flat griddle. I kicked these babies up with apples and blueberries and gosh damn they were good! I think I ate my weight in griddle cakes this morning. 
You can make the batter the night before and surprise your favorite person this Valentine's Day with breakfast in bed. These will win you BIG points- trust me. I mean who doesn't love breakfast in bed?? (Hint, hint Chris) 

Apple Blueberry Cornmeal Griddle Cakes 

3/4 cup milk (preferably whole) 
1 egg
1 cup blueberries, washed and dried
Butter, maple syrup or whipped cream to serve (optional)

1 apple (I used Granny Smith)- peeled and grated (almost 3/4 cup) 

3/4 cup ap flour plus 1/2 tbs 
3/4 cup cornmeal 
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup white sugar plus 1 tbs 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1- 3.9 oz individual applesauce (little less than 1/2 cup)
Canola oil spray

2 large mixing bowls
1 small mixing bowl
Measuring cup/spoons
Box grater 
Griddle or large nonstick sauté pan 

In the small bowl add the blueberries, 1 tbs of white sugar and 1/2 tbs of ap flour. Mix well and set aside.

In one large bowl add 3/4 cup flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and remaining 1/3 cup sugar. Whisk together well. 

In the other large bowl add grated apples, applesauce, egg, milk and vanilla extract. Whisk well. 

Add these wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl. Whisk until just combined and then add the entire bowl of blueberries (extra sugar and flour on the bottom as well). Gently mix to combine. 

At this point you can refrigerate until the next morning. 

Heat your griddle or sauté pan over medium heat. Once hot- spray with canola oil. Using a 1/2 cup measuring cup- add batter to center. Allow to spread on its own, shaking pan gently. Cook on first side until it begins to bubble slightly- a few minutes. Use the spatula to flip- do it gently so the blueberries don't fly out. Cook for another few minutes and then remove from the pan. Continue this until the batter is done. 

Serve with whipped cream or some butter and syrup. Or best yet- all three!! Enjoy them this weekend!! Xo

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