Double Corn Cakes With Fresh Corn

Summer can mean a little bit more time in the morning. If you aren’t rushing off anywhere, try these for breakfast, topped with maple syrup and yogurt. Sound better for later in the day? They also make a great side dish for lunch or dinner, topped with summer salsa. 

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Hands-on time: 20   |    Total time: 35   |    Makes: 6 four-inch pancakes


Large mixing bowl
Measuring spoons
Whisk or fork
Measuring cup
Small bowl


6 tablespoon yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup to 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 unit large egg
1⁄4 cup buttermilk, low-fat yogurt or milk
2 teaspoon canola oil
1 tablespoon low-fat plain yogurt and/or 1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon low-fat plain yogurt and/or 1 tablespoon summer salsa


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  1. Put the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt into the large mixing bowl and mix together with the whisk or fork. Set aside.

  2. Put the corn, egg, and buttermilk into the small bowl and stir well.

  3. Carefully pour the contents of the small bowl into the large bowl and mix well with your whisk or fork. Set the bowl aside for at least 15 minutes, and up to 2 hours.

  4. Put the skillet on the stove, turn the heat to medium and let it heat up for 1 minute.

  5. Very carefully add the oil (the pan is hot and the oil might splatter).

  6. Using the 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop blobs of the corn batter onto the hot skillet.

  7. Use the spatula to gently push the blobs down to flatten them. This will make the pancakes thinner, which will help them cook faster and more evenly.

  8. Cook the pancakes until the edges start to turn light brown and firm up. This will take about 2 minutes.

  9. Once the edges are firm, flip the pancakes over and cook them for 1 more minute. When the pancakes are lightly browned on both sides, use your spatula to take them out of the pan.

  10. Serve right away and add extra toppings for more flavor!


Corn is harvested in bushels that weigh 56 pounds each; that’s equal to the average weight of an 8 year old!