Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

Man, I love the Bay Area.

I really do. Especially when mornings look this this:

And all I want is this:

With a side of pancakes, of course.

But seriously—our lives seem to shifting out of wine country and into the Bay Area more and more, and even though I love Sonoma County, Marin County is quickly becoming one of my favorite places. For the past couple weekends, I’ve been helping Adam move to his new pad closer to the city (and by “helping” I mean hanging his clothes while he and the guys carry in boxes) but in our down-time, we’ve gotten to do a little exploring in the area.

And by exploring, I mean eating. Duh.

So far, one of our favorite places around town is Cibo, a little coffee shop that carries the “famous” Blue Bottle Coffee (if you’re from San Francisco you know what I’m talking about) as well as a variety of baked goods, yummy panini and salads. Well, we went the other morning and I had the special: cornmeal pancakes with a fried egg and fruit.

The pancakes were deliciously dense, a little on the grainy side and unlike any pancake I’ve ever had. In the best way possible. I knew I had to recreate the recipe at home…stat.

If you’re a fan of thick, hearty pancakes you’ll love these! I was full after eating only one and that never happens. Trust me.

I made a quick and easy strawberry sauce to top my pancakes with….and ended up eating the majority of it with a spoon straight out of the pot.

I used the extra strawberry sauce to make strawberry margaritas. Because what goes better with pancakes than margaritas?!?

If you said a bloody mary with bacon in it, you’re probably right.

But I had to work within my means. And my means usually involves tequila.

I wrapped leftover pancakes in tin foil and stuck them in the fridge….and voila! A gourmet breakfast was ready in thirty seconds the next morning. You could also try freezing them between pieces of wax paper and reheating in the toaster oven.

Because of the cornmeal, these guys are a little heartier than normal buttermilk pancakes and thus, hold up better.

Try spreading them with peanut butter and strawberry will blow your mind.

Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

serves 4

Print this recipe!


for pancakes—

3 eggs

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup flour

zest of 1 lemon

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp cooking oil

butter to grease skillet

for strawberry sauce—

1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 tbsp sugar

seeds from 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)


Combine the strawberries, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepot over low heat. Cook the strawberry mixture for about 20 minutes, until it’s juicy and jam-like. At this point, most of the strawberries will have broken down. Remove from heat and set aside while you make the pancakes.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the buttermilk and oil and beat until well blended. In another bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cornmeal, lemon zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together well then add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix only until just combined.

Melt butter on a hot skillet then cook pancakes for about 30 seconds each side. Be careful—they brown quickly!

Top pancakes with strawberry sauce and serve.


45 minutes (includes time to make strawberry sauce)


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  • mary (sisters running the kitchen)
    February 29, 2012 at 4:07 am

    the combination of flavors and textures in these pancakes sound amazing! I’m book marking this recipe and definitely will be trying them out!!!

  • Jen
    February 29, 2012 at 4:30 am

    The quality if your posts is ten-fold! Glad you took a step back. Do I sense a move to thd city soon? 🙂

  • Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    February 29, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I adore thick, hearty, dense pancakes and love cornmeal, so I know that I’m going to get on just fine with these pancakes. The strawberry sauce is a beautiful pop of color to these, too.

  • The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    February 29, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I can’t wait to try these. I love pancakes with a good texture to them!

    No fair making me crave some of my San Fran favorites! (Paxti’s deep dish is better than anything I’ve ever had in Chicago! Kara’s fleur de sel cupcakes. Scoma’s crabcakes. Z & Y’s Princess Chicken in Chinatown. Okay…I need to stop)

  • jill
    February 29, 2012 at 4:42 am

    I need to try making my own. I love pancakes and waffles (I eat the Natures Path brand regularly). What I like most is that you can have them along with any meal or any snack. And the additions are plenty: fruit, eggs, yogurt, nut butter, maple syrup, honey (great), butter, milk, etc. Adding flax and seeds or coconut oil is good too.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 29, 2012 at 5:01 am

    These look so pretty! I’ve only been to San Francisco once in my life and that was in October, but it was only for about 5 days and sadly they were all packed with work. I really wish I could have spent some time “exploring” the Bay area too! I guess that means I’ll just have to go back…. and in the meantime, I’ll dream about it while I eat your pancakes! 😉

  • Trey @ Dudes Cook Too
    February 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Breakfast this weekend?? Check! Your recipes never cease to amaze my wife and I!

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      SO glad!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    February 29, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Exploring a new place through food is the only/best way! Love the strawberry sauce.

  • Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free
    February 29, 2012 at 5:18 am

    These look fantastic! I love cornmeal pancakes because of their hearty texture.

  • Cait's Plate
    February 29, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Oh my gosh – that is a phenomenal idea!! I have a cupcake recipe like this and I never thought to translate it to pancakes but YUM!

  • HRCK the Herald
    February 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

    I am REALLY tempted to make a cross country move to California– a temptation probably informed largely by the life you lead there!

  • britt
    February 29, 2012 at 5:51 am

    we have pancakes almost every week for dinner and these will be great to add to the rotation. they look amazing!

    i would LOVE to live in california. my husband applied for a couple of internships there so cross your fingers 😉

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    February 29, 2012 at 5:59 am

    The pancakes look phenomenal; the lemon and strawberry – both the flavor contrast and color contrast…beautiful!

    It was because of Marin County about 10 years ago that I moved to CA! I went to visit a friend in San Rafael, fell in love with Marin Co. and told my husband we WERE moving to CA. We ended up in San Diego about a year later, not Marin, b/c ultimately I am a warmer-weather girl, but I love it up there…so much. There is just so much to offer and it’s so beautiful!!

  • Rachel
    February 29, 2012 at 6:02 am

    These look delicious. I love how YELLOW they are! And it’s the perfect recipe for using up cornmeal after making cornbread–I always have extra.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    February 29, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I love recipes that make me step back and think-like this one! Cornmeal….

  • kelley
    February 29, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Margaritas and pancakes. Sounds like a breakfast for dinner kind of meal if I’ve ever heard one! These look dense, beautiful and like they’d fill you up and keep you going through the day!

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    February 29, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Being from the South, I have a HUGE soft spot for anything cornmeal! Good to know they freeze well, because I’m not certain my Austin friends share the same affection.

  • Caitlin @ Cake with Love
    February 29, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Lemon and strawberry are such a nice combination!

  • Urban Wife
    February 29, 2012 at 6:41 am

    What an amazing view!! I want to visit Cali so bad. Now I just have to convince Husband. 😉

    p.s. These pancakes look amazing!

  • Margarita
    February 29, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Strawberries and lemons are beautiful together. I’ve never had cornmeal pancakes, but just by reading the recipe list and looking at the pictures, they look wonderful! Also, can’t beat that strawberry topping. PS my fave pancake right now is your sweet potato one with chocolate chips. Thanks for sharing that!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    February 29, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Jenna, I love spreading my pancakes or waffles with peanut butter and then fruit! Everyone has thought me wonky for doing this….thank you for reassuring me that I’m not crazy!!!

    Love this recipe…I simply must try this!

  • Erica @ In and Around Town
    February 29, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Love the idea of these pancakes! A great twist on the tradition. Cornmeal has such a great texture, I am sure its a perfect contrast to the stawberries

  • elizabeth @ chronic venture
    February 29, 2012 at 6:54 am

    these pancakes look amazing! as does that beautiful sunrise.

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    February 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

    These look amazing, and now i think i need a Bloody Mary with bacon……… 😉

    I adooooore San Fran and the Bay Area, and am trying to convince my boyfriend we should move up to Nor Cal (where he’s from) asap. DC has yet to get a sunrise AS pretty as that photo..

  • Jessica J
    February 29, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I grew up on buttermilk pancakes, I am loving the idea of a cornmeal pancake. They look amazing, plus I’m a sucker for adding fruit to anything!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It
    February 29, 2012 at 7:03 am

    That strawberry sauce is where it’s at! They’re so cheap right now, I want to pour it over everything!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    February 29, 2012 at 7:09 am

    OMG I’m dying here. I need to make these immediately! Yum!

  • thelittleloaf
    February 29, 2012 at 7:12 am

    These look utterly beautiful – such vibrant colours and I know they would taste incredible too. Gorgeous gorgeous post.

  • Lauren
    February 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Love these gorgeous colors together!! Sounds so delicious!!

  • Chelsea @ Naturally Sweet Recipes
    February 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

    These are absolutely beautiful!!! What an amazing breakfast. The combination of flavors sounds yummy!!

  • Elisabeth
    February 29, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I NEED to move to California, stat! That view is beautiful 🙂

  • Julie
    February 29, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Abosolutely Love Blue Bottle Coffee…I saw the latte and knew where you got it. I live in Michigan but my little sister lives in the East Bay (Walnut Creek) and everytime I visit her I spend way too much money on lattes from Blue Bottle. 🙂 Love your blog Jenna!

  • Pippa@sundaysupperswithpippa
    February 29, 2012 at 7:35 am

    These look fantastic!

  • DessertForTwo
    February 29, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I adore cornmeal in all baked goods. I love a little sprinkle on top of pancakes! I’ve got to try these though!
    Isn’t Marin heaven? The first time I went, I didn’t want to leave.

    Have you crossed over into Mill Valley to go to Tyler Florence’s store? I highly recommend!


    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      No I haven’t! I love him though. Like, really.

  • Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    February 29, 2012 at 8:09 am

    My dream is to live in San Fran someday. I love South Carolina, but I think I really should have been born on the West coast. What a morning to wake up to…and to have these pancakes. Win/win!

  • sweet road
    February 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Ooh, now these sound really great. I love all things cornmeal but I don’t cook or bake with it as much as I would like. I’m always looking for good cornbread recipes and I have tried arepas a few times here and there, but this looks like a nice happy medium!

  • Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables
    February 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I have some leftover blueberry sauce in my fridge as we speak just begging to be spread on top of these

  • Moni'sMeals
    February 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Looks delicious! But a dollop of whipped cream may be necessary as well. 🙂

  • Jen Laceda
    February 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

    yum!!! these pancakes are lovely! wouldn’t they be nice with poppy seeds also?

  • Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    February 29, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Oooh cornmeal in pancakes… I’ll have to get on top of that! We make pancakes from scratch every Saturday morning. I usually use coconut flour or buckwheat flour for mine and a multigrain flour for my husbands. I’m a big, big fan of cornmeal anything though (especially cornbread!).
    And leftover pancakes are HIGHLY underrated.
    My cousin and her hubby have lived in SF for years- within spitting distance to Golden Gate Park. She’s the educational director at the Aquarium by the Bay, so it’s great location for her. Her hubby works across the bridge in Marin County, and they’re trying to make their way out there, especially since they have 1 kid and 1 on the way! It is SO beautiful there- but seriously I’d take that or Sonoma and be perfectly happy (I’m stuck on that other coast).

  • Lora
    February 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Make sure you stop at Fred’s in Sausalito for the pancakes there…probably my favorite in the world!

  • Megan (Megan's Miles)
    February 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I’ve been having some serious pancake cravings, so I’m definitely trying these out this weekend!

  • Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables
    February 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I never would have thought of using cornmeal for pancakes. I do love me some corn bread so I can imagine these being just as good.

  • Anne
    February 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Is Cibo in SF? I thought the only one was in Sausalito.

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Nope, you’re right! It’s in Sausalito.

  • Tara@Sugar Spice and Bacon
    February 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    love blue bottle. love breakfast. love tequila. you are a girl after my own heart! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    February 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Yay, spend more time in SF. Can you have a meet up with your readers sometime? 🙂 Also, you should definitely go to Ella’s for brunch in SF sometime. They have amazing breakfasts and wonderful biscuits. It’s in Laurel Heights. Or go to Nopa for brunch. Trust!

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Yes! I need to plan something again for Bay Area readers. Definitely this Spring!

  • Lisa
    February 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

    My youngest sister lives in Sausalito. She loves Cibo and their coffee. Have you ventured into Sushi Ran (best Salmon obento box and their sushi). And I love Fish (for their clam chowder, fish n chips, saigon salmon sandwich, pretty much everything.)

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      No, but my boyfriend went there the other night and said it was good! He said it was a little overpriced, but the food was really tasty. We went to Pizzeria Rosetti last night and it was absolutely amazing! I’d highly recommend it.

      • Lisa
        March 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

        Ill have to ask her about that pizza joint. We always go to Pizza Antica in Mill Valley when we’re there.

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    February 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Wow. This checks all my boxes. Lemon and strawberries are as good as it gets.

  • Jenn
    February 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Hey it’s been a long time since a Dexter update. How is the little furry fella? I remember when you got him! 🙂

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Dexter is wonderful and as furry as ever! He’s currently sleeping in a huge pile of clothes that need folding on my bed. 🙂

  • Kristen
    February 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Oh myyyyyyy…. I can not wait to try these!

  • meghan@ struggle muffins
    February 29, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Holy moly these sound too good to be true. Such an amazing combination of flavors and textures – I want some right now! And unlike a lot of my other fave pancake recipes, which are decidedly seasonal, I could see myself lovin on these all.year.long.

    Well done! Can’t wait to make them.

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    February 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I am jealous of you and the Bay Area! I’ve never been there but it just look gorgeous…as do these pancakes! I love cornmeal anything…add them to pancakes and I am definitely game.

  • sara
    February 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

    These look amazing! Totally gorgeous colors – these pancakes look absolutely delicious!

  • Melissa
    February 29, 2012 at 11:52 am I can’t wait to try these!

  • Andrea
    February 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Those look sooooo good ~ and your photos are fantastic. Great work!

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    February 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I’m moving back to Berkeley in 2 weeks and I cant waaaait!! You HAVE to go to Cheeseboard Pizza once you start spending more time in the Bay Area – its like out of this WORLD good!! Youre pictures are so beautiful Jenna! ps – having your white chicken chili for the 5 gazillionth time tonight. never gets old…

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Yay for white chicken chili! Now I want some. And I’ve been trying to go to Cheeseboard for years…but somehow it’s never worked out! I need to make that happen soon.

  • Sachi
    February 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks for the yummy recipe!
    I second your reader recos for other Sausalito soft spots: Fred’s (deep fried french toast. that’s right.) and FISH. Both are just a few blocks north of Cibo. Welcome to the neighborhood!

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you! Good to know—I haven’t been to either of those spots but have heard through the grapevine that Fred’s is the place to be!

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    February 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    These look so fantastic – thank you for sharing! And as always, I love your pics!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    February 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love cornmeal. I love cornbread with strawberry jam, so I imagine that this would indeed rock my world.

    And they just look so pretty, too!

  • Lucy
    February 29, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    These look delicious — I want to fry them up in an extra-buttered skillet. Sounds like I have plans this Saturday morning. 🙂

    I actually have a couple of requests for recommendations . . . my husband and I are planning to rent a convertible (so. excited. this is my favorite part of the plan to date) and do a little wine-country-to-Malibu-ish road trip this summer. I will be mining your webpage liberally for tips otherwise.

    1. Any hotel recommendations for San Francisco? We will be spending probably three nights there . . . some place boutique-y, somewhat splurge-y (not millionaire splurge-y, but, y’know, *somewhat* splurge-y)?

    2. Any yoga teacher recommendations for SF or north up through Napa/Sonoma?

    Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks!!

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      hi lucy!

      Hotel recommendations in San Francisco…hmm…Hotel Palomar is nice! The W is also nice (has killer views!) but isn’t small. As for yoga, I definitely recommend my studio in Santa Rosa! It’s called Three Dog Yoga and we do power vinyasa flow. The teachers are truly wonderful and it’s a great workout.

      • Lucy
        March 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

        Hi, Jenna!

        Thanks so much for your reply — always better to be armed with an insider’s perspective, and yours in particular, as I already enjoy your ‘blog a ton. I’m also from a power vinyasa yoga background. I’m definitely making a point to investigate all of these suggestions!


  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    February 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    These look amazing! I’ll have to make these a day late for National Pancake Day!

  • Deanna B.
    February 29, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    My brain is going crazy thinking about how I could make these savory and smother them in your shrimp etoufee.

    • jenna
      February 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm (lemme know how it goes, mmk?) 🙂

  • Mal @ The Chic Geek
    February 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    These sound so good, and I love the colors, just gorgeous!

  • Sarah @ Williamsburg Baby
    February 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    We have Blue Bottle here in Brooklyn and it’s intense. People line up for nearly 30 minutes on the weekend there. But they do also have insane s’mores there. So I guess it’s worth it.

  • Tracy @ Commit to Fit
    February 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I am definitely going to try these!

  • Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken
    February 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    AH! I was JUST in Marin 2 days ago – my dad is from San Rafael & my uncle lives in their old house. I’m moving to East Bay in a week – bring on the food recommendations!

    I’m so with you on the cornmeal pancakes – I had blue cornmeal pancakes in Maine once and I still dream about them. Totally normal.

  • Mel @ Post Grad Mel
    February 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I love the Bay Area too…my best friend just moved there and she’s always telling me about all kinds of crazy, fun shenanginas she witnesses or takes part in in San Francisco. Slash, I went hiking last week in Big Sur and was AMAZED by how awesome the weather was! Hiking is nearly impossible in Washington during the winter, unless you want to lug around some snow shoes.

    Anyway, those pancakes look delicious! I’m pretty sure yesterday was National Pancake Day!

  • Kiran @
    February 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    YUMMERS!!! I so want to visit West Coast. Never been there before. Hope to meet whenever that happens 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 29, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    HOW did you know I was craving strawberries like mad?

  • Vicki
    February 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    These pancakes look so yummy! I’m a Bay Area native and work in the financial district in S.F. so I definitely second the idea of having a meetup of you and your readers sometime. Can’t wait to meet in person!

  • Brittany @ Brittany Cooks
    March 1, 2012 at 3:46 am

    These look so incredible. I made some yogurt pancakes recently, and have been wanting to try new pancake recipes ever since. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte
    March 1, 2012 at 4:55 am

    These are absolutely gorgeous! There is nothing like good pancakes and you wouldn’t think they would be so hard to find but BOY are they hard to find! Must give yours a try!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    March 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Love the idea of cornmeal in pancakes, I don’t think I have ever tried them. The strawberry sauce sounds like the perfect topping.

  • Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits
    March 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Those pancakes really sound delicious balanced with the strawberry sauce. I’ll have to try these. BTW, SF is my favorite city in the world!

  • Rachel
    March 1, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I LOVE the bay area too! I may move around some during the rest of my life but I will always come back here : )
    Your pancakes are gorgeous – the color of the sunrise!

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    March 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I would love to wake up to a beautiful sunrise like that! These pancakes sound amazing. The strawberry and lemon combination sound delicious!

  • Aylin @ Glow Kitchen
    March 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Move me to the Bay Area now!

  • April
    March 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    If you get the chance to stop in San Rafael, you HAVE to go to Sol Food! Great Puerto Rican food, but be warned there is almost always a line. The ponche is a must- half mango iced tea and lemonade.

  • Kimberly (Sketch the Ebb and Flow)
    March 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I’ve lived in Santa Rosa and now live and work in Marin and I have to agree! I love how close Marin is to the city (not to mention…Mt. Tam/the beach/everything good life has to offer). I’ve never explored Sausalito before but I may have to just to get my hands on some Blue Bottle Coffee! So good.

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    March 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Ugh…I’m drooling! I’ve never had anything like this but can imagine they are like johnny cakes that I adore! I haven’t been to Cibo yet but love how charming the area is…although I’m out in Napa area and love the rolling hills and farm land just as much as the city. Oh…and …bloody Marry with Bacon–Check out Boon Fly Cafe!!

  • Laurel
    March 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Buttermilk pancakes bore me. But these? Right up my alley! Cornmeal is a great addition to sweeter items and anything with strawberries on top has my vote!

  • Sarah
    March 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Can you post a recepie for crab cakes?

    • jenna
      March 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      That’s a really great idea! I’ll work on it.

  • Sarah
    March 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Love your pictures! Who doesn’t love homemade pancakes (any time of day)? Great post.

  • Dana
    March 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Just discovered your blog today and I’m so glad I did. I recently started reading fitness blogs and it made me feel like I was so out of shape (even though I’m a Zumba instructor!) and I needed to be a “gym junkie” and watch every single calorie I consumed. It is SO refreshing to read how you enjoy food and life! I love that! Sometimes reading fitness blogs, instead of being motivating, it can actually make you feel worse about yourself. I am very happy I came across your blog and I’m looking forward to all your recipes! They look and sound amazing! I also recently took my first yoga class and became hooked! Can’t wait to keep reading 🙂

    • jenna
      March 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      welcome! 🙂

  • Val @eatrunandfancyfun
    March 1, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Those look so good!! I will definitely be making these in the near future!!

  • Stacy
    March 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I love Blue Bottle Coffee….it inspired me to make chemex coffee at home…no more coffee maker machine for us, it’s amazing! I LOVE SAN FRAN…enjoy every bit eating there!

  • Rayna
    March 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Yay! I just bought cornmeal so I can try these soon.
    I’m picky on pancakes- I only like them if they are made by me-not at restaurants because they are too soft and mushy. I always top my pancakes with chopped strawberries mixed with sugar. I’ve made a strawberry pie with the same strawberry sauce you made.

  • Misty Zakrzewski
    March 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Is cornmeal essentially the same thing as corn grits/polenta? Because I recently inherited a 25 pound bag of corn grits/polenta, and if I can use them for this recipe then I am 100% sure I’m going to make these!

    • jenna
      March 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

      You inherited a 25 lb bag?! That’s serious business. Unfortunately, it’s not the same thing! Grits and polenta are much more coarse than cornmeal and your pancakes will be way too dense if you use them. Sorry about that!

      • Misty Zakrzewski
        March 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        Weeeell shoot. Back to the drawing board. I’ll still make these anyway! 🙂

  • CJ @ Morsels of Life
    March 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve never tried cornmeal in pancakes, but yours made my “to try” list!

  • Tina
    March 3, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Made these this morning and love them! I didnt do the strawberries tho since they’re so expensive right now. I love mine with PB as well!

  • Hannah
    March 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Just made these!!! So good.. had to make some substitutions but still amazing. Topped with greek yogurt. YUM! Thank you!!!

  • Urban Wife
    March 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

    1. just made these for breakfast with cranberry jam instead and wow, wow, wow.
    2. i am now a pancake believer.
    3. thanks, jenna!

  • Kayleigh
    March 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    May I just ask what is in that mug? It looks soo good. Great to go along with the pancakes.

    • jenna
      March 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      That was a cappuccino…and it was delicious! 🙂

  • Anne Galmarini
    March 4, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Mmmmm Being from the South, these are my favorite. You can do anything with cornmeal! Very creative and fabulous & creative. Thank you

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  • Angela
    March 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Made these this morning and they were light, fluffy with a bit of crunch. I would have liked a bit more lemon flavor so I think I would add a bit more zest and a splash of lemon juice. I spread a bit of lemon curd on them and then used the strawberry sauce. I would have to triple the sauce recipe because it wasn’t enough for the amount of pancakes or maybe we just really liked it. I pinned a picture of mine on Pinterest and gave this website as the source. This will be a regular dish in my house now. Thanks.

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  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    March 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    oooh these look amazing!! added to my list, thank you 🙂
    Heidi xo

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  • Heather T.
    April 5, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Very good pancakes I didn’t use or make the strawberry sauce maybe next time also I just used skim milk they turned out great with a subtle lemon flavor even my picky 4 yo ate them and liked them. Great recipe.

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  • Brittany @ Brittany Cooks
    April 13, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    First, I wanted to say that I love your blog, and read it daily. I already commented on this post, but that was before I made the pancakes. I finally made them this morning. I was super excited to post these on my blog, and took pictures I was very proud of and eager to share (I’m working on my photography skills! 🙂 ). However, they were not good at all! Mine were super dry and I was so disappointed, especially since it seems like so many people had success. The only things I could think of is that I didn’t use buttermilk, but regular milk with 1 tablespoon white vinegar instead, which has always worked in the past, and also kept them warm in a 200F oven like normal too. Maybe the heat has to be higher and I need to cook them less? They cooked quickly like you said, so I’m baffled. Any thoughts as to why this would happen? Thanks! 🙂

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  • marla
    May 7, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Stunning stack of pancakes!!

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  • DessertForTwo
    June 16, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I just made these & they’re awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Claire Maunsell
    August 3, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Hello and thankyou for this great recipe – I’ve only just discovered your blog! It is great as it is, but the first time I wanted to make it we had no cornmeal in the house so I used an equal quantity of oatmeal ground up in the food processor. Also delicious!

  • Mary
    August 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    great flavor combinations. My batter was a bit runny so ended up with thin-not-cakey pancakes as I had hoped but otherwise a great recipe!

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  • Liz
    September 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    We loved the pancakes! We grated fresh cinnamon on top with a little bit of maple syrup & loved it:). The strawberry sauce was yummy too, but I might add a bit more sugar next time to increase the sweetness…I guess we are sugarholics:(

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  • Jeanie
    April 9, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Just made these as Lemon Cornmeal Waffles. Verdict: AMAZEBALLS 🙂

    (The only recipe differences were I used whole-grain grits instead of regular cornmeal, and I separated the eggs before whipping the whites to stiff peaks. Whites were folded in after mixing wet and dry ingredients.)

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