Buttermilk Corn Pancakes with Macerated Strawberries

Heavenly light, fluffy pancakes with just a hint of nutty corn flavor and crunch, topped with fresh orange-scented strawberries get our vote for one of the most perfect breakfasts here on earth.

Yield: 4-6 servings (12 pancakes)


  • Strawberries:
  • 2 (16-ounce) containers strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated orange zest
  • Pancakes:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 teaspoons canola oil, divided


  1. Combine the strawberries, sugar, vinegar, and orange zest in a bowl. Toss well and refrigerate at least 1 hour, tossing occasionally.
  2. Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, maple syrup, and extract. Whisk the egg mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  4. Spread 2 teaspoons of the oil on the surface of a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium. Pour in three scant 1/4 cupfuls of batter and cook until the top of the pancakes have some bubbles and the bottoms are lightly golden brown, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes longer until browned. Transfer to a baking sheet and place in the warm oven. Repeat with remaining oil and batter.
  5. Serve the pancakes topped with the strawberries and their juice.
  • Yield: 4-6 servings (12 pancakes)
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