Candied Bacon and Cornmeal Pancakes


With my little sister here visiting this weekend, I knew I wanted to make something fun and special for breakfast Saturday morning.

That automatically means pancakes to me, but they couldn’t just be regular pancakes.


I decided to take one of our favorite things – bacon – and make it even better.

Bake it in the oven, topped with brown sugar, until the sugar melts and caramelizes on the salty bacon.

Crumble that into the pancake batter, instead of just having it on the side. And we weren’t just having regular pancakes, either. I had buttermilk to use and I really wanted to make some cornmeal pancakes. The sweet cornmeal was the perfect base for the candied and salty bacon.


And, just for more flavor, I cooked down some frozen blueberries for a topping while Nick made us some awesomely cheesy hash browns.


Cornmeal pancakes. Filled with candied bacon. Topped with blueberries and maple syrup. Served with cheesy hash browns.

Why can’t breakfast be like this every day?



Candied Bacon and Cornmeal Pancakes

Serves 6

  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil like canola
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Lay bacon on foil-lined baking sheet and sprinkle the slices with the 1/4 cup of brown sugar.

Bake at 375 8-10 minutes or until bacon is cooked and the sugar is melted.

Take out and let the bacon cool.

In large bowl, whisk the cornmeal, buckwheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.

Beat egg, buttermilk, and oil together.

Add buttermilk mixture to the cornmeal mixture and stir until combined. If the batter is to thick, add water until it is slightly thick but runny enough to fall off a spoon in ribbons.

Take cooled bacon and crumbled into small pieces.

Stir candied bacon into pancake batter.

Heat skillet or griddle over medium heat.

Pour 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake. Flip once the underside is golden and the bubbles have stopped popping around the edges (about 3-4 minutes).

Serve warm with cooked berries, maple syrup, or anything else you like on your pancakes.


*This idea/post was created as part of the Foodbuzz Baconalia challenge and is my entry for a chance to win.


  1. Oooh, this sounds good. My family would totally go for this since they all love bacon. Will have to try this!

  2. Are these the pancakes from yesterday’s post? I’m still drooling over them!
    I love the fact that you added bacon. After switching to pork bacon after years of turkey bacon a few weeks ago, I’m mildly obsessed with the stuff. I guess I’m making up for lost time. ;-)

  3. Those hashbrowns are totally calling my name – I just discovered daiya and I want it on everything! The pancakes sound so unique as well :)

  4. So wrong & so right! I had bacon stuffed pancakes in DC–mmm!

  5. Oh you are bad. In such a lovely kind of way. These pancakes sound fantastic!

  6. I love this savory sweet combo. Such a great breakfast idea!

  7. ooh yum! what a great idea!!

  8. Wow. You need to be my sister!!! Speaking of which, my own sister is coming to visit next month, this will be a perfect breakfast :)

  9. These sound insane! Insanely delicious! I will tell my husband about them tonight… I’m sure he’ll be begging for them right away.

  10. Bacon in pancakes?! I thought I read the title wrong. This looks so interesting!

  11. Great recipe! And a totally unique take on pancakes. I’m a huge fan of cornmeal pancakes- the texture is just awesome. And I know Josh would love that bacon add in. Sweet & savory in one!

    • Yup – I love sweet and salty together. And they were even better with maple syrup and the blueberry topping.

  12. These have my name written all over them!!

  13. Bacon in pancakes, my husband would LOVe that! :)

  14. ooh wow, there is absolutely NO better breakfast than this! I love that you used cornmeal in there for the slightly sweet grittiness. And DUH candied bacon makes everything better. :D

  15. i’ve got some pb bacon pancakes in mind that i think should come to fruition soon… love the cornmeal here :)

  16. These sound perfect! I love pancakes with bacon on the side… But now I definitely want to add it in to the pancakes :)

  17. “Why can’t breakfast be like this every day?”…my sentiments exactly! :)

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