Cornmeal-Pecan Pancakes

Subtly sweet cornmeal pancakes are perfectly complemented by this tart Cranberry-Maple Topping.

Cornmeal-Pecan Pancakes
Makes about 12
  • ¾ cup self-rising flour
  • ¾ cup stone-ground cornmeal
  • ½ cup finely chopped toasted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¼ cups whole buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • Cranberry-Maple Topping (recipe follows)
  • Butter, to serve
  • Garnish: chopped toasted pecans
Cranberry-Maple Topping
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen thawed cranberries
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, pecans, sugar, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, vanilla, and eggs. Make a well in the center of flour mixture; add buttermilk mixture, whisking just until blended (some lumps should remain). Fold in melted butter.
  2. On a large cast-iron griddle or skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Working in batches, drop batter by ¼ cupfuls, 1 inch apart, in hot oil. Cook until edges are dry and bubbles form in center, about 3 minutes; turn and cook until browned, about 2 minutes more. Use remaining 1 tablespoon oil as needed. Serve with Cranberry-Maple Topping and butter. Garnish with pecans, if desired.
Cranberry-Maple Topping
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring cranberries, ½ cup water, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer until cranberries begin to pop and mixture thickens, about 15 minutes. Slightly crush cranberries with the back of a spoon. Remove from heat; stir in butter. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
Preheat your pan until it’s nice and hot and be sure to swirl the oil around the entire cooking surface of the skillet for flawless flapjacks from the start.