Weird Concoction!

What would you make if you had to use canned corn, pears, and Mike and Ikes in one recipe? Strange mix of ingredients right! Well this month the Kosher Connection asked us to do just that. At first we were told to use all three ingredients, but a while later they changed it to two out of three. I had long decided what I was going to make so just jumped in and went with it.

The cornbread recipe I use calls for a can of corn that is pureed which adds some sweetness and moistness to the dish. I used that recipe but instead of baking it like a classic cornbread I made them pancake style and topped them with sauteed pears sweetened with Mike and Ikes. The results was actually not all that bad! Since I usually do not bake with much sugar though, the topping was a tad too sweet for me, so only add a few Mike and Ikes if you don’t want it super sweet.

Here goes!
Top with a Mike and Ike ๐Ÿ™‚
Sweet Corn Pancakes topped with Mike and Ike sweetened sauteed Pears (that’s a mouthful)

Cornbread/Corn Pancakes:
Adapted from chocolatecoveredkatie
2 cups cornmeal
2 Tb baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar (omit if you don’t want recipe to be sweet)
1 cup water 
1 can of corn, drained and pureed with immersion blender.
2 Tb oil
1/4 cup applesauce
Mix together dry ingredients then add in wet and mix till smooth. Heat pan and spray with oil. Use 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour into pan. As the bottom starts to cook, cover the pan for a minute so the top gets cooked a bit as well. Then carefully flip the pancake and cook another minute till done. Repeat as many times as you’d like. 
Here I made 3 pancakes to stack on top of each other. Then I baked the rest in a pan to have cornbread to go with my turkey chili (yum! recipe is coming…)
For the Pear Topping:
Slice 2 pears and place in a small pan with a handful of Mike and Ikes. I used a few cherry, orange, and strawberry flavored, but mostly the lime and lemon ones (and I will admit to snacking on just a few) Add 2 Tb of water and cook till pears are soft. The Mike and Ikes do not fully dissolve so just remove them once the pears are soft. 
Here is the proof that I used all my ingredients!
Top your corn pancakes with pears and…. Enjoy?!
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