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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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Cream the cornmeal, salt, and butter together. Add the milk and enough water to make a moist but firm batter.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

144 calories; 6.3 g total fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 252 mg sodium. 19.9 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2007
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/18/2008
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. Read More
(16)
62 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2007
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. Read More
(110)
Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2007
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. Read More
(110)
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
I make Fried corn bread all the time but this had to be the best I have ever made. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
09/18/2008
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. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2003
As expected these are a bit on the dry side. Serve with gigantic glasses of milk. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2006
the butter in this recipe isn't necessary seenhow they're being cooked in oil/butter as it is. so i didn't use that or the 2 tbsp of boiling water. they came out tasting like i expected them to; a traditional mash of cornmeal with salt that is cooked in a skillet. so i don't understand the complaints about sweetness that's what the honey or maple syrup is for. Read More
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