Bacon Polenta Pancakes with Maple Whipped Cream ~ Savory Simple

I’ve always been a breakfast for dinner kind of girl.  I just can’t deal with heavy or sweet foods first thing in the morning.  They weigh me down and make me sleepy while I’m supposed to be waking up. Doughnuts at work?  No thanks, I’ll save one until the afternoon.  But this doesn’t mean I don’t love traditional breakfast food.  Quite the contrary.  I love big breakfast meals where the maple syrup from my pancakes runs directly into my eggs and bacon.  I love going to a diner and ordering thick cut challah French toast.  I’ll take doughnuts, muffins and hash browns.  Really, it’s all good to me.

The idea of bacon polenta pancakes hit me one day.  Since I’ve always dipped my bacon in the maple syrup, why not combine the two and see how they turn out?  Brilliant.  Because these were already really healthy, I decided to make maple whipped cream for the top in lieu of syrup.  I also used candied bacon for garnish.  AND I decided to add cornmeal to the batter because that just sounds awesome.

 

Bacon Polenta Pancakes with Maple Whipped Cream
 
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Serves: 10-15 pancakes
Ingredients
For the pancakes:
  • 5 slices thick cut bacon (or 8 slices regular)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
For the maple whipped cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Spread bacon out on a baking sheet. Brush one strip with 1 tablespoon (approximately) of maple syrup. Bake until cooked through. My thick cut bacon took 30 minutes. Thin cut bacon will take less time (start checking on it after 20 minutes).
  2. While the bacon is cooking, whip together the heavy cream and maple syrup. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  3. When the bacon is ready, allow it to cool for a bit and then use a paper towel to remove some of the excess fat (a little bacon fat never hurts anything.) Chop up the bacon into small pieces, keeping the regular and candied bacon separated. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the eggs and buttermilk and whisk until the mixture is just combined. Some lumps are fine.
  6. Stir in the non-candied bacon. You should have approximately 1 cup. A bit more or less is fine.
  7. Heat a griddle pan and brush it with either vegetable oil or high heat cooking spray. Ladle the batter onto the griddle and flip the pancakes when they start to bubble. Cook for an additional minute.
  8. Serve pancakes topped with the maple whipped cream and candied bacon bits. I also garnished with some powdered sugar and cinnamon (optional).
Notes
This recipe makes enough maple whipped cream to top each pancake. If you're serving stacks you can cut the heavy cream and maple syrup quantities n half.

 

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  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Wow, that’s one gorgeous stack of pancakes. Love the maple whipped cream! The blender looks amazing too.

    • Savory Simple

      All of the KitchenAid tools are amazing. It seems I can never have enough toys.

  • http://www.bake-online.co.uk Jenny @ BAKE

    I want these right now! I LOVE maple and bacon – which is a weird combo in the UK – your photos are wonderful!

    • Savory Simple

      Thanks! It’s the whole sweet and salty thing. It’s an addicting combination!

  • http://www.foodwanderings.blogspot.com foodwanderings

    Wow I love these polenta pancakes never had polenta pancakes before but love how they got fluffy here. I don’t eat bacon but will def. bookmark these for our Sunday breakfast tradition!

    • Savory Simple

      It’s the baking powder/soda that makes them really fluffy. These would still be good without the bacon!

  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com kristy @ the wicked noodle

    I am so jealous of you and that hand blender! I use my hand blender all the time but, sadly, it’s only one speed. The recipe sounds great, too.

    • Savory Simple

      All of the different blending attachments are really cool. I can’t wait to try the milk frother. I’ve always wanted to make cappuccinos at home.

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie @ Averie Cooks

    maple whipped cream and a fun handheld blender and great looking pancakes? this is a trifecta of wins :)

  • http://www.itsyummi.com Becca at It’s Yummilicious

    Another yeee haw, yummilicious recipe, Jen! You know my affinity for bacon, so there really isn’t any further discussion necessary. I simply must make these… NOW :)
    Great looking Kitchenaid appliance, too!

  • http://thedomesticrebel.com Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Holy cow, Jen! This looks AWESOME. Bacon + maple are an awesome combination, always. And in a breakfast fave like pancakes? Even better!! I’m imagining French toast, donut and waffle possibilities as we speak :)

  • http://sprinkledwithflour.com Amber {Sprinkled With Flour}

    Oooh, these pancakes look so gorgeous…and I’m sure they taste even better!

  • http://aspicyperspective.com Sommer@ASP

    OH MY GOODNESS! What a wonderful flavor combo. We will be trying these for sure!

  • http://www.justasmidgen.com Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    I’ve made the bacon/pancakes but never thought to put the syrup in the batter.. even more yumminess!! Aren’t you so lucky you’ve got chosen to try out such a cool immersion blender.. I could have used one of those yesterday with my jam! xx

  • http://hskillet.blogspot.com/ Jenn and Seth

    um, this is genius! a seriously awesome recipe!

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    Ohh, these look so additively yummy! I like light, yet sweet things in the morning. I save all dairy and butter for dessert after dinner so it doesn’t weigh me down all day long.

  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    Your beautiful pancakes have me wondering why I have yet to use polenta in pancakes my friend – they look thick fluffy and wonderful! :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • http://www.breathelighter.wordpress.com Debra

    I must say that the recipe sounds great…and I want the hand blender! :-) What a great tool!

  • http://mykeuken.blogspot.com Lisa H.

    Oh what a yummy treat… I dont mind having breakfast in the evening :D
    The blender set and its accessories is epic… easy storage and tidy, in my case less time spend looking for bits and bobs :P

  • http://thepajamachef.com Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef

    my husband always makes maple bacon and pancakes are my favorite, so this breakfast/dinner sounds awesome! we had breakfast food served at our (evening) wedding reception, so you know we’re breakfast addicts any time of the day!

  • http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery yumgoggle

    Bacon and maple syrup in pancakes…Whoa! A real winner! I love healthy and delicious breakfast options. This is definitely something I will try…I love your photo ;)
    Anyhoo, we have just recently launched a food photo submission site, http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/ that allows you to showcase all your great work and share it with all of our visitors. Your phenomenal photos have caught our attention. We’d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there! (sorry for the blatant shameless plug)!

  • http://twitter.com/chowandchatter RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter)

    this would make a fab brunch on a weekend they look amazing

  • Jeff

    Moar bacon please

  • http://www.notquitenigella.com Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Jen, you’re a woman after my own heart. I love breakfast for dinner and just can’t handle it in the morning! Have you ever tried bacon jam? I have a recipe for it and I think you might like it ;)

    • Savory Simple

      I have not! I’m off to find the recipe!

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    You had me at bacon, and then really won me over with polenta. Happy sigh. This looks amazing. I recently saw someone make bacon waffles…helloooo…genius. I also really like this hand blender mostly due to that wonderful storage box. Boy, do I need that. I’m always hunting my messy cabinet for the missing attachments.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    These pancakes look phenomenal!

  • ally

    these would be a HUGE hit at my household!!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.ca/

  • http://unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    Words cannot convey how scrumptious these pancakes look to me on right now, at 8:30 in the evening. (So glad to know that I’m not the only one who enjoys breakfast for dinner!) Also, my KitchenAid wishlist has expanded. Again. Thank you. :D

  • http://bakerstreet.tv Baker Street

    Ooh! Polenta pancakes sound great! As does the maple whipped cream! I must make these for the weekend! It would be a big hit in my house. :)

  • http://www.mydailymorsel.com Riley

    As long as there’s bacon, right?

  • http://www.acanadianfoodie.com A Canadian Foodie

    Bacon in anything seems to be a trend, lately – and I have no doubt this was delicious. I am sure your new hand blender will make a mean homemade mayo, too! That is what I use mine for.
    :)
    Valerie

  • Purely.. Kay

    If I had these tools, I’d be baking all day long lol. But I love how you incorporated the bacon in this dish. Absolutely delicious!

  • http://www.bakingserendipity.com Baking Serendipity

    I’m an total lover of breakfast for dinner too, and these pancakes look fantastic! I could eat the maple whipped cream by the spoonfull.

  • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

    test

  • http://www.strayedtable.com lizzie – strayed from the table

    These look delicious.

  • Claire @ Claire K Creations

    Oh wow what a combination! I love that you made them extra healthy with the whipped maple cream on top.

  • http://tastefoodblog.com Lynda – TasteFood

    One stop shopping in a pancake – now that’s my kind of pancake!

  • http://www.orgasmicchef.com Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    We do breakfast for dinner at least once a month. It’s a perfect “no thinking” meal. :)

  • http://crunchycreamysweet.com Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Jen, these look so good – I think I know what we’re having for breakfast tomorrow! The whipped cream – divine! Love the KitchenAid blender!

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I’m a breakfast for dinner kind of gal too! And these pancakes look AH-MAZING! I will definitely be making these come Sunday brunch :)

  • http://www.anecdotesandapples.com Monet

    What a fantastic idea! I know quite a few bacon lovers who would be very happy if I made a plate of these pancakes (myself included) I would love to have this for dinner tomorrow night. Thank you for sharing! Now off to dream delicious dreams!

  • http://www.compulsivefoodie.com Asmita

    Polenta pancakes with ample whipped cream sounds like heaven! The photograph is beautiful!

  • http://www.apronandsneakers.com Rowena (Apron and Sneakers)

    I have a weakness for pancakes so when I saw the stack in your picture, I had to scoot over and drool. I love how you put the polenta in it. I have a lot in my cupboard so this recipe will definitely be useful for me! Oh, and I love the Kitchen Aid stuff and that they can be stowed away using minimal space.

  • http://www.theveryveryhungrycaterpillar.com Libby @ theveryveryhungrycaterpillar.com

    OHMYGOODNESS!

    Bacon anything is great in my opinion but BACON POLENTA PANCAKES? WITH MAPLE WHIPPED CREAM?! WAHHHH! Can’t wait to give this a try :)

  • http://lisamichele.wordpress.com Lisa

    I’m in mad lust with these pancakes..so much so, I need to pin them so I can make them soon (my bookmarks are so loaded..it takes forever to find recipes!). The bacon with polenta plus maple whipped cream is simply..wow! They look gorgeous too!

  • http://journeyofanitaliancook.blogspot.com Claudia

    You have me rethinking my dinner plans. That’s stunning, delicious and a lovely taste change.

  • http://www.teaspoonofspice.com Deanna Segrave-Daly

    I’m totally swooning over here! I’m definitely a breakfast for dinner kind of gal too and pancakes + bacon are my 2 favorites for sure. This is brilliant and I can’t wait to make these.

  • http://philosophyandcake.blogspot.com Baby June

    I made these today and wrote a blog post about them. I hope you don’t mind–I made sure to cite the recipe even though I adapted it quite a bit. :)