Cornmeal Cakes with Berry-Fig Chutney

We love a schmear of goat cheese on these cakes but any spreadable cheese will work. Try Boursin or a triple cream Brie.

Cornmeal Cakes with Berry-Fig Chutney
Photo: Andy Lyons
Total Time:
30 mins
16 cakes plus 2 cups chutney


  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • Milk (optional)

  • Goat cheese or Quark (European-style fresh cheese)

  • 1 recipe Berry-Fig Chutney

  • Fresh blueberries, blackberries, and/or mint leaves

Berry-Fig Chutney

  • 2 ½ cup fresh blueberries and/or blackberries

  • ½ cup finely chopped dried figs

  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion

  • 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. In a medium bowl whisk boiling water into cornmeal. Whisk in melted butter until smooth; whisk in egg. Add flour mixture and whisk just until combined. If necessary, whisk in milk (up to 4 tablespoons) to thin batter.

  2. Heat a greased griddle or skillet over medium heat. Drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto griddle. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Transfer to a platter. Cover with foil; keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter. Top with cheese, Berry-Fig Chutney, berries, and mint.

Berry-Fig Chutney

  1. In a medium saucepan combine 2 cups of the berries, figs, onion, vinegar, honey, and thyme sprigs. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/2 cup berries. Cool. Remove; discard thyme stems.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
3g Fat
32g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 10.6mg 53%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 198mg 4%
Folate, total 60.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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