Morgen's Note: This recipe was created for Huckberry's Fall Guide to Camping. Casey was overworked, so we sent him, along with friends Liz and Adam into the Hudson Valley for a little weekend retreat.
We packed up the car, cranked up the Spotify playlist, and hit the road. Adam and Liz and I had been eager to escape the city for a couple days and a fall camping trip—cooking around the fire, drinking with abandon, peeing in the woods—seemed like the ideal remedy.
We devoured these in a flash. The double-whammy of Bees Knees in the corn cakes and the apple compote makes for a slow burning heat that sneaks up slowly and cuts right through the sweetness. It’s the perfect wake-me-up breakfast.
For the corn cakes:
- 1 box (8.5 ounces) of your favorite corn muffin mix
- 1 medium egg
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons Bees Knees Spicy Honey
- ¾ cup whole milk
1. Pour the first four ingredients in a large bowl. I added closer to 3 tablespoons of Bees Knees because I like a real kick in my cakes.
2. Add the milk and gently mix until just combined. Don’t be afraid of some lumps; over-mixing is a far worse crime. The batter will seem wet, but it will thicken up as it rests.
For the apple compote:
- 3 large apples
- 2 whole cinnamon sticks
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- a pinch of salt
1. Peel the apples and chop into bite sized pieces. Aim large, these will shrink considerably as they cook.
2. Throw the apples in a hot skillet with the rest of the ingredients and inhale deeply.
3. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. Salt not only enhances the other flavors, but also encourages the apples to release their delicious juices. The brown sugar helps to create a thick syrup from that juice, resulting in an insanely great topping.
* The only thing that can improve it is a hearty drizzle of Bees Knees. The honey will pull everything into a sticky, cohesive compote and the heat will add an amazing complexity.
The final dish:
1. Add a pat of butter to your pan and let it start to gently bubble. Add one small corn cake to start. Every batch of pancakes needs the initial sacrificial lamb. If it makes it out alive, start adding them in small batches. The cakes should be about three inches in diameter.
2. Pile the cakes on a plate, scoop on a spoonful of the apples, and drizzle on that sweet and spicy syrup.
Fitz (the dog) was very hopeful for some pancakes, but they were too good to share.