Corny Polenta Breakfast Pancakes

If you have leftover polenta from another dish, you can omit the first step in this recipe, and substitute three cups of cooked polenta.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1⁄4 tsp. table salt
  • 2 1⁄2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 1⁄2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 3⁄4 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg white, beaten
  • 5 oz. melted butter


  • Make the polenta by whisking the cornmeal directly into the boiling water. It should quickly thicken to a paste. Transfer immediately to a platter or pan to cool.
  • Sift together flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and melted butter. Whisk flour mixture into egg mixture, mixing only as much as is necessary to combine. Overmixing will toughen the cakes. Crumble the cooled polenta into the batter, breaking up large pieces between your fingers. Adjust consistency of the batter with additional milk, if necessary, to achieve the consistency of thick oatmeal.
  • Cook on a hot buttered griddle, cast-iron skillet, or nonstick pan, forming 3-to 4-inch pancakes, cooking thoroughly on both sides. Serve with pure maple syrup.