Cornmeal pancakes and roasted garbanzos

Another wonderful recipe from Bob’s Red Mill… ate way more this morning than I thought humanly possible. So good. When the pancakes burnt off all at once this afternoon, I stuffed my face with a sandwich and stuck the leftover garbanzos in the oven at 400ºF for 40 minutes coated in oil and a sprinkle of salt… as Jaden of Steamy Kitchen warned, they are indeed addictive!

VARIATION (3/19/16): Didn’t have wheat flour or enough milk, so I used all cornmeal in place of the flour, and replaced about half the milk with orange juice. (Note: leave out the baking soda in this case). I was a bit nervous whether they would hold together, so I used four eggs, but I’m not sure it is necessary to use so many. Otherwise, I followed the same recipe as below, and was pretty pleased with how they turned out. Thinner and crispier than most pancakes, but straightforward and delicious. I think I’d also like to try making these with oat flour next time for another gluten free alternative.

VARIATION (11/18/17): Made these again this morning, taking plenty of artistic license with the recipe. Took it to a whole new level of delicious, as my Philly family agreed! Used whole wheat flour and only 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder (might even be able to get away with just one). Then mixed in some Perfect Pinch “Chile & Lime” seasoning mix they had in the cupboard, and sprinkled a little canned corn on each pancake before flipping it. Yum!

Cornmeal pancakes

1 cup boiling water

3/4 cup cornmeal

1 1/4 cup buttermilk (regular milk also works fine, accentuating the flavor of the eggs in a manner reminiscent of French toast, but use only 1 cup if not using whole wheat flour)

2 eggs

1 cup flour (whole wheat works great!)

1-2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1/4 cup oil or melted butter

Pour cornmeal into a medium bowl and pour boiling water over it. Add milk and beat in eggs. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and powder, and salt and mix into cornmeal mixture, along with the oil. Cook on a hot, lightly greased non-stick pan until golden on each side. Mmm!

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