I am a bad food blogger. I don’t follow the national food holidays at all, but I noticed someone on twitter mentioned that yesterday was National Pancake Day and I since I am still recovering from my cold and rather tired I thought I’d whip up some pancakes for dinner instead of what I had on the meal plan.
You might be wondering how I managed to whip these up AND take photos while feeling under the weather? Well these aren’t the actual pancakes we had last night…thank goodness for keeping a few recipes in the queue!
As a result, I thought it would be a perfect time to share this corncake (aka pancake) recipe. I always love when I am pleasantly surprised at how easy something is to make and the first thing I want to talk about is the homemade lemon curd. It is one of those things that is shockingly easy for being such a rich decadent food and it was about a year ago that I tried making it for the first time. Although I didn’t make it last night, it makes a fun and unusual companion to a special brunch where pancakes are involved.
I was intrigued with the combo of cornmeal pancakes with lemon curd after seeing an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that featured a little cafe that made them. I LOVE that show by the way. When we lived in Missouri and nothing else was on TV my husband and I would watch rerun after rerun on Friday night (I know we are such crazy party people staying up late watching the food network!). For some reason when I saw them make these pancakes I had to try them. I went to my trustworthy Joy of Cooking cookbook to find a basic corncake recipe, then i just adapted it slightly, added the raspberries and paired then with homemade lemon curd.
I just loved the combo of the lemon curd with the cornmeal pancakes which are not very sweet (like most pancakes). It’s a fun alternative to maple syrup and really packs a tart-sweet punch. I am not a lemon curd expert so I might be asking some of you this question. What else can you eat with lemon curd? You can layer it in a parfait for a fun dessert, put it on fruit salad, you can slather it on a homemade bread, put a little dollop into mini pie crusts topped with whipped cream and fruit for individual pies. I honestly don’t eat a lot of the stuff, probably not even once a year, but I do love it! Once in a great while I crave an intense lemon pie type of dessert and this recipe will definitely satisfy that craving.
I took the last two days off from exercise to recover from my 8 mile run and my cold. Amazing how a minor cold can really drag you down. For the rest of the week I need to get in 2 runs before the weekend and I will probably do a lighter workout like yoga. I am still researching what races I want to run and when…and whether they will be half marathons of a full marathon. I’ve got a lot of conflicting dates to work around so hopefully will have something planned soon!
Before I go can I just tell you that Monday was National Stuffed Mushroom Day! Yes, I am totally serious. I RANDOMLY posted stuffed mushrooms ON National Stuffed Mushroom Day. Crazy, right? Now if that wasn’t meant to be, I don’t know what is.
Have a lovely Wednesday friends.
P.S. I am posting the lemon curd recipe separate as well as with the pancake recipe that way people just stopping by looking for a lemon curd recipe have the option of just printing it solo.
P.S.S. If you are looking for more pancake recipes I’ve got a few listed in my breakfast category.
Questions: Do you ever have pancakes for dinner? What other ways can you enjoy lemon curd? Do you follow the food holidays?