Monday, February 15, 2010
Dark Days - Week 13
ANYWHO. This week was odd, but that doesn't mean that there wasn't some good local eating happening. It was just in little random bits.
Adapted from Mark Bittman's Polenta Pancakes :
1/2 cup cornmeal (I used yellow stoneground grits we had purchased on a trip south)
1 tablespoon sugar, optional (I used local maple syrup instead)
1 1/2 cups flour (here I used a mix of 2/3 local roasted cornmeal, 1/3 local whole wheat pastry flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups milk, more as needed
Butter or olive oil as needed.
1. Combine cornmeal (or grits) in a small saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water and a pinch of salt. Whisk until smooth while bringing to a boil over medium heat, then continue to stir for about 10 minutes. Turn heat off and let cool.
2. Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-low heat. In a bowl, mix sugar, flour, baking powder and a little salt. Beat eggs into cornmeal, then stir in milk. (here it made more sense to me to stir in the cold milk first, thereby cooling the grits enough to not cook the eggs). Add to flour mixture and stir to combine, adding milk if necessary to make a batter.
3. Add about 1 tablespoon butter or oil to griddle. When hot, add batter by large spoon. Cook until lightly browned on bottom, 3 to 5 minutes, then turn and brown second side. Repeat, using more butter or oil.
Yield: 4 servings.