When we go camping with friends we like to share cooking responsibilities which is a great way to make it a little easier for everyone. I always love to offer to make breakfast, and one of my favorite recipes to serve are these homemade cornmeal griddle pancakes. It is super easy to whip up as I make the dry mix at home before leaving and that is left to do is add the wet ingredients and then cook. Everyone is always so excited when presented with a plate full of cornmeal griddle cakes covered with fresh fruit and maybe a side of bacon.
During a recent camping trip, we were ready to wow our friends with a platter full of these cornmeal griddle cakes. Sleepy-eyed, the next morning, we went to the car to get the bag of ingredients to start cooking. We had been talking about this meal the night before so everyone was pretty hungry. We could barely wait to start cooking. It was odd as I reached for the hatch at the back of the car as it was slightly undone. Who got into the car late at night? As I put my hand into the bag, grabbing around for the mix, something did not feel right. Where was the mix? Did we forget it at home? Where could it have gone? Slowly as I looked down at the ground, I saw a trail of pancake mix going into the woods. Breakfast was not going to be happening as someone or something had already eaten breakfast.
When preparing for a recent camping trip I decided that I would try to recreate this special breakfast but for two. Instead of buying a prepared package of pancake mix, I wanted to make our own. So I mixed up the dry ingredients at home to save a step. It was perfect as I was able to have perfect dollar-sized, texture-rich pancakes smothered in butter and maple syrup ready in no time.
Since this recipe has become a camping staple for us. Served with crispy, smokey bacon and hot maple syrup, they make the perfect camping companion. I like to serve the pancakes with fresh fruit such as blueberries or raspberries along with warm maple syrup.
Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix
** notes I recently (July 2020) made this mix using a new flour as I usually use King Arthur. This other flour is not as dense as King Arthur so when I mixed the dry mix up to cook I had to use a bit less liquid.
3/4 cup cornmeal, we like medium grain
1 1/4 cup ap flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a large mason jar or another storage container, add all of the dry ingredients.
Close the lid.
Shake to mix.
* serves 4 hungry people or 2 really hungry, people
1 1/8 cup of cornmeal griddle cake mix (above recipe)
1 cup milk or a little more than a cup, depending on how thin you like your pancakes, we like ours a bit thinner
1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled
In a mixing bowl add the dry mix.
Make a well in the dry mix then add the milk, egg and melted butter.
Stir to combine.
If you like a thinner pancake add a little more milk.
Heat your griddle over medium heat, coat with a thin amount of butter, add about a 1/4 cup pancake mix.
Once bubbles have formed, flip the pancake over, continue to cook until golden brown; about 2 minutes.
Continue making pancakes until the mix is gone.