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Johnnycakes Recipe


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"These are though to be the original pancake. Serve them hot with maple syrup. They are also known as hoecakes. Serve hot with honey and butter."

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  1. Cream the cornmeal, salt, and butter together. Add the milk and enough water to make a moist but firm batter.
  2. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a hot greased griddle, and flatten slightly with the back of a spoon. When brown, turn and cook the other side.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 21, 2007

This recipe works so much better than other johnnycake recipes I have tried. The key is to get the hot water at or near boiling, and otherwise, it's pretty foolproof.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 18, 2008

No offense to our forefathers or the submitter of this recipe, but these weren't very good. Maybe earlier generations had more productive salivary glands than I do because these were so dry that I had to drown them in syrup just to make them palatable. I felt like I had gotten a mouthful of fish fry more than once. The flavor was okay plain, like bland cornbread, but was much better with syrup. I'll keep looking for a moister recipe.


53 Ratings

Apr 14, 2003

I love the flavour of cornmeal, it makes all the difference. The pancakes were bit on the buttery side, but taste perfectly wonderful! I had to add quite a bit more water to make the batter manageable though. It was a bit of a problem getting them onto the griddle without making a mess!

Apr 14, 2003

I make Fried corn bread all the time,but this had to be the best I have ever made.

Apr 14, 2003

As a kid I went through a phase where I completely fell in love with the Little House on the Prairie series. This is an excellent recipe to complement any childhood interest in the pioneers of the old west. Simple and basic, this recipe is fit for a winter meal with sausage and maple syrup.

Apr 14, 2003

Served these for breakfast on a cold Scout campout, the scouts couldn't get enough and have added it to their breakfast menu for winter camping.

Apr 14, 2003

As expected these are a bit on the dry side. Serve with gigantic glasses of milk.

Jul 09, 2007

I tried these for two reasons: 1. I had all the ingredients, 2. I was curious how good this "pioneer food" would actually be. (I have made "hush puppies" in the past and wasn't too enthralled with them.) I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty these johnnycakes really were! My husband and children really loved them. I served them with soup instead of cornbread, and the family ate them all up! Yum!


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  • Calories
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 6.3 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 252 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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