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Sydneyside corn cakes with smashed avo

John and Lisa are in their Weekend Kitchen with the perfect way to kick off your Saturday - Brunch Time! Here's John's Sydneysider Corn Cakes!

Sydneyside corn cakes with smashed avo

Serves 4


Corn cakes

  • 2 eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt

  •  175ml milk

  •  1x 340g tin sweetcorn, drained

  •  1x 400g tin creamed corn (or blended sweetcorn)

  •  270g self-raising flour

  •  1 tsp paprika

  •  1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

  •  2 teaspoons olive oil

  •  12 rashers of smoked streaky bacon

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Smashed avo

  • 2-3 large ripe avocados

  • Juice of ½ lemon

  • A couple of splashes of Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 drops of Tabasco sauce

  • Salt and pepper


1. Start by frying the bacon for a couple of minutes. Add a good grind of pepper and continue to cook until crispy. Remove from the pan, retaining the fat to fry the corn cakes. 

2. For the corn cakes, first mix the beaten egg with the milk plus a good amount of seasoning. 

3. Next add both lots of corn and mix everything together well. 

4. In another bowl mix the flour with the bicarb and paprika. Season well. 

5. Combine the wet with the dry mixture and stir until there are no lumps of flour remaining. 

6. Dollop spoonfuls of mixture into the bacon pan, set over a medium heat so that the bacon fat is nice and hot. 

7. Cook until the corn cakes start to puff up, turning them over when the edges begin to brown. Cook for another minute or so on the other side and repeat until they are all cooked. 

8. For the smashed avo, cut the avocados in half lengthways and remove the stone. Carefully score the flesh in a criss-cross pattern all the way through to the skin, then gently squeeze the avo to release the cubes into a small bowl.  

9. Using a fork, mash the flesh and then add the lemon juice, a good grind of pepper, Worcestershire sauce and the Tabasco. Mix well and add more seasoning if necessary. 

10. Serve alongside the corn cakes and crispy bacon - plus a Bloody Mary if desired.

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