Monday, April 8, 2013

Our Kiddy Corn Cooking

My little boy can be quite fussy with his food but never think twice rejecting anything with chocolate, sweets and... corn! - Lucky me?

My son and I have been doing lots of "kiddy-cooking" lately and here are two different pancakes that we have created using corn and cheese as our main ingredients in our "play-kitchen". My son and I really enjoyed eating both versions of pancakes that we have created but our big boss daddy was a little disappointed when he first saw these pancakes and asked "where is the meat?" - LOL!

The first recipe that we have used is mainly adapted from shrove Tuesday pancakes by Nigella Lawson, published in her book, Feast. In Feast, Nigella wrote that we can eat these pancakes with sugar plus lemon or Nutella but we ate ours with buttered corn and melted mozzarella cheese - Yum!

The second recipe is mainly adapted from a corn cake recipe from Epicurious. The original recipe adds corns, cheese, onion, red pepper and chilli into the pancakes but we only like our version being plain with corns and cheese. Nothing more and less - just corns and cheese!

Corn and cheese pancakes made with Nigella's recipe
Cooking these basic and versatile pancakes
Assembling the pancakes
Enjoying the pancakes with they are warm with gooey cheesy filling
The ingredients to make corn cakes, recipe from Epicurious
Mix, mix, mix and fry!
These warm pancakes have nice spongy cheesy texture.
Thumbs up our "corn-y" cooking :D

Here are the pancakes recipes (with my notes and modification in blue)

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes adapted from the book, feast by Nigella Lawson

Makes 6 x 20 cm crepes

30g unsalted butter, melted plus more than frying
150g plain flour
325ml milk
1 egg

Melt butter and let cool a little.

Pour flour into a bowl, whisk in the egg and milk and finally just before making the crepes, mix in the melted butter.

Note: Mixture can be lumpy. You can whiz mixture in a blender or pour mixture through a sieve and press any lumps through the sieve.

Heat a pan and ladle 2-3 tablespoons of batter into the pan and quickly swirl so that the batter forms a think pancake. Cook for a min and flip it and cook for 30 secs to a minute on the other side. Remove the crepe to a layer of baking paper. Continue with the rest of the batter.

Note: Using double amount of this recipe and a 26 cm pan, I have made 9 pancakes. 

Our Filling:
1 1/2 cup of corn kernels
1 tbsp of melted butter
a pinch of salt

Sauté corn, melted butter and salt together until lightly fragrant. Set aside. On a heated pan, place one pancake first, a small handful of mozzarella cheese, then 2 tbsp of buttery corn. Cook until the cheese begin to melt and flip the pancake into half. Remove pancake from the pan and enjoy them while they are warm with gooey inside. Repeat with the rest.

Corn Cakes from Epicurious

1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
(replaced with baking powder)
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper (I didn't add this)
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus additional melted butter for brushing the griddle
(replaced with rice bran oil)
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup thawed frozen corn, chopped coarse
(increase to 1 1/2 cup to compensate the missing onion, red pepper and chilli)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion (I didn't add this)
1/4 cup finely chopped, rinsed, drained, and patted-dry bottled roasted red pepper
(I didn't add this)
1 fresh jalapeño or serrano chilli, or to taste, seeded and minced
 (I didn't add this)
1 cup coarsely grated Monterey Jack
(I used 3/4 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup of Parmesan)

In a bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt, baking soda (or baking powder), pepper (I didn't add this) and the sugar. 

In another bowl whisk together 2 tbsp of butter (or oil), egg, and buttermilk. Stir in corn, onion, roasted pepper, chilli, (I didn't add onion, pepper and chilli) and cheese, and stir in the cornmeal mixture, stirring until the batter is just combined. Heat a griddle over moderately high heat until it is hot, brush it lightly with the additional butter (or oil), and working in batches drop the batter by a 1/4-cup measure onto the griddle. Spread the batter slightly to form 3 1/2- to 4-inch cakes, cook the cakes for 2 to 3 mins on each side, or until they are golden, transferring them as they are cooked to a heatproof platter, and keep them warm.

Note: With this amount of batter, 1/4 cupful of batter can yield approximately 12 pancakes. They are great to be served on their own or with mayonnaise.

Happy Kiddy Cooking 
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  1. My Kids (teens) like corn and anything prepared with it as well. I just wanted to mention thatin the US corn products are very likely to be GMO food. I would recommend only buying non GMO corn which is very easy if it has the non-GMO labeling and is organic, especially for still growing children. More info here:

  2. Oh my goodness, these look so good! What a fun idea! I think these would be both kiddo and adult approved. :)

  3. These corn pancakes look really good. My kids who love corn would enjoy this too.

  4. Zoe,
    My kids love corn. Anything with corn they would not said no..hehe a bit like your 'R' hor :p
    Love both the pancake and the corn cake. Will try this out for my kids soon :D

  5. Hi Zoe, welcome back :) These corn pancakes look cheesy and soft, they must be tasty. Great that you have lot of fun with your kids in kitchen.

  6. I like that these are kind of crepe-y.

  7. Corn and cheese is a yummy combo ! Planning to make corn and cheese ice cream sometime :D

  8. It looks very yummy. I will definitely try to make it one day.

    May I know how to view all previous months postings in Little Thumbs Up? Pls advise. Tq


    1. Hi Joo,

      Thanks for your interest for our previous Little Thumbs Ups. We just started in Feb 2013 and our previous lists are:

      Feb 2013, Pineapple at this page,

      Mar 2013, Tomatoes at this page,

      We didn't have a complied list of events and probably do the list after organizing more than 10 events and when the list get longer. Cheers!