Blue cornmeal pancakes with pine nuts are distinctly New Mexican, and you would be hard-pressed to find them outside of New Mexico unless they're made by very creative chefs like Bobby Flay. They're always at hit at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town, and I've been asked to post the recipe. For a printer-friendly version, click here.
If you're unable to find blue cornmeal or pine nuts locally, you can purchase them online.
Blue Cornmeal Pancakes
Makes 11 #20 scoop pancakes
3/4 c. blue cornmeal (3.75 oz)
1 tsp. salt
1 T. white sugar
1 c. boiling water
3/4 c. milk
2 T. butter, melted (1 oz.)
3/4 c. all-purpose flour (3.75 oz.)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. pine nuts, toasted
In a medium bowl, mix together the blue cornmeal, salt and sugar. Stir in the boiling water until all of the ingredients are wet. Cover and let stand for a few minutes.
In a small bowl, lightly whisk the egg; add melted butter and whisk to combine. Mix in the milk. Stir the milk mixture into the cornmeal mixture. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the cornmeal mixture until just incorporated. If the batter is stiff, add a little more milk until it flows off the spoon thickly but smoothly.
Heat a large cast iron griddle over medium heat and grease it with a dab of butter. Use about 2 tablespoons of batter (#20 scoop) for each pancake. Quickly sprinkle a few pine nuts onto each cake. When the entire surface of the pancakes is covered with bubbles, flip them over and cook the other side until golden. It’s hard to tell when blue food is cooked through, so give them a few extra seconds if you’re in doubt.
Serve immediately with maple syrup or fruit preserves.
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