| Sour Corn Pancakes

10 11 2012

Ben at work:

The recipe:

To make starter:
Dissolve 1 package of dry yeast in ½ cup warm water. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of sugar. When dissolved, add 2 cups warm water and 2 cups of finely ground corn flour. Beat until smooth. Cover with a cloth. Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 days, or until bubbly; stir 2-3 times each day.

To store:
Transfer sour corn starter to a jar and cover with cheese cloth. Refrigerate.

The night before:
Bring desired amount (1 cup) of starter to room temperature. Add 1 ½ cup finely ground corn flour, 1 ½ Tablespoons sugar, and 1 ½ cup warm water. Cover and allow to ferment overnight in a warm place.

Ingredients for pancakes:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons warm water
Coconut oil for the griddle

In the morning:
Heat griddle over medium heat.
Mix baking soda and warm water and set aside. Add oil, eggs, and salt to the starter that was allowed to sit overnight. Just before cooking, add baking soda mixture.
Drop batter by 1/3 cup onto hot, lightly greased griddle. When edges brown, flip.
Makes 13 pancakes.

To replenish starter after using:
Stir ¾ cup of finely ground corn flour, ¾ cup warm water, and 1 tablespoon sugar into remaining amount. Cover; let stand at room temperature at least 1 day or until bubbly. Refrigerate for later use.

Sour Corn Pancake Powerpoint 2

I believe that what has impacted me most in our study of Southeastern native communities is their multitudinous use of corn to create a plethora of flavors and dishes. The corn itself, traded to the area from Mexico and points south, made an incredible journey to become a staple food among nearly all native cultures. It is impressive that, dependent on the region, climate, and culture, corn was used in so many unique ways; but always respected as something sacred.

Through various cooking styles and preparation methods, native cultures were able to extract or impart different forms of nourishment from many simple ingredients. Aside from their genius in culinary preparations, their ability to live among their natural environment, instead of in spite of it, truly points to an enlightened culture. I can’t help but wonder what our world would look like today had the greed of manifest destiny not clouded the minds of our forefathers.




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