Molasses and Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Molasses and Cornmeal Griddle Cakes

Molasses and Cornmeal Griddle CakesIt’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared a recipe. And I really don’t have a good excuse for not posting sooner. Of course I’m eating. I’ve got a family of six to feed. They don’t allow for cooking breaks.

But most of my cooking has been uninspired as of late. Part of it is that I’ve been a bit down lately. And when I’m down, I can’t create. It’s like all of my energies are tied up in whatever it is that I’m obsessing over at that moment. So bound up that I have no ability to free my mind for other thoughts or creative endeavors. It’s a weakness.

When I’m happy, I’m inspired. When I’m sad, I’m debilitated. I wonder if there are other people out there that share this affliction.

The other problem is that I’m really watching every bit of food I eat. One could even consider it a little extreme. For example, I had two glasses of wine tonight and right after that I jumped on the treadmill to burn off the three hundred calories I consumed. Even I recognize that it’s a little much. I don’t do anything halfway and I’m hell bent on losing the last bit of weight I didn’t get off last year.

It’s also the one thing I feel like I have any control over right now. So much of my life feels like other people have control over it. What I eat and how I take care of my body is my sovereignty. The one thing that I can manipulate and make go my way. And for some very odd reason that gives me comfort.

So you’ll probably find it contradictory that I’m about to share a comfort food recipe with you today. I should be sharing a salad. But what fun is there in that? None, if you ask me.

I made these Molasses and Cornmeal Griddle Cakes for the kids last week. It was actually their supper. It had been an especially blustery winter day and I wanted to serve something hearty. And while I really enjoy traditional pancakes, I like cornmeal griddle cakes all the better. Especially with the addition of molasses which gives the cakes a rich slightly sweet and pungent taste. Quite fitting for a New England table.

Please forgive the lack of photos. It’s griddle cakes. I think you get the idea. Make sure you slather them with butter and maple syrup. It’s what I would do if I wasn’t being crazy right now. I’ll go munch on my carrots.

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Molasses and Cornmeal Griddle Cakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
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Hearty cornmeal and molasses griddle cakes. Just the right thing to warm you up on a cold winter's morning.
  • 2 cups finely ground cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp boiling water
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • extra butter for frying
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, water and milk. Stir until well combined. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed. Allow batter to sit for five minutes.
  2. Heat a large skillet with a generous amount of butter. Fry the griddle cakes by the ¼ cupful until golden. Flip and do the same on the other side.
  3. Serve with butter and maple syrup.




  1. Anonymous says:

    Good morning Melanie! I feel exactly the way you do when I fretting over something or upset. It dominates your thoughts and feelings and pushes creativity to the background making it hard to be inspired about anything. I understand completely. I wish you well in your quest to achieve your goals. Now pass me the molasses griddle cakes and some maple syrup! I love how quick and easy this recipe is and I know the kids will love them on a cold, blustery day. We’ve had a few of those this year already!

  2. Used to love “breakfast for dinner” with the kids when my husband wasn’t home. On our walk this morning, he said I could make whatever I wanted for dinner and now that I read your post, I want THIS!! He wasn’t too keen when I suggested your pancakes, but might agree if there is bacon involved. Glad to see you back on Beautiful Bite.

  3. I made these over the weekend and they were fabulous!! I especially loved that it was GF, so I didn’t have to do any substituting. Half way through I decided that since they had molasses – they would probably taste great with some gingerbread seasonings. I added a tsp of ginger, 1/2 tsp allspice, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the batter to give them another twist. They all came out great!!

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