Corn cakes with bacon and doce de leite

Corn cakes with bacon and doce de leite

By
From
Cabana The Cookbook
Serves
4-5
Photographer
Martin Poole

Inspired by the classic American combination of pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, our Brasilian version takes fluffy corn cakes, drizzles them with doce de leite (milk caramel) and tops them with grilled bacon for a luxurious brunch treat. You can also use shop-bought dulce de leche or condensed milk caramel.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8-10 thin smoked bacon rashers
90g plain flour
120g fine cornmeal or polenta
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
300ml buttermilk
2 large eggs
butter, for frying
4-5 tablespoons Doce de leite, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high. Place the bacon rashers in a single layer on a large baking tray and grill for 4–6 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Remove and keep warm.
  2. Place the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt a large bowl and mix well. Make a well in the centre. Whisk the buttermilk and eggs together, then pour them into the well. Gradually stir the wet ingredients into the dry until fully incorporated.
  3. Melt a knob of butter in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and swirl it around to coat the base of the pan. Drop in tablespoons of the corn cake batter and fry for about 2 minutes, until bubbles start to form around the edges. Flip them over and cook the other side for 1–2 minutes, until golden brown. Remove to a plate and keep warm while cooking the rest, adding a little butter each time.
  4. Stack the corn cakes on warmed plates and drizzle over a little doce de leite. Top with the bacon rashers and serve warm.
Tags:
Cabana
Brasilian
Brazilian
Brasil
Brazil
Latin
South
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