Raised Griddle Cakes


This is a very old-fashioned version of cornmeal pancakes which rise overnight. It came to our family via my great grandmother and dates back to the mid 1870s. The cornmeal gives these pancakes a tiny hint of fried mush, a splendid treat that exceeds my patience to make.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Additional Time:
1 day 20 mins
Total Time:
1 day 48 mins
12 pancakes


  • 1 cup white cornmeal

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 teaspoons yeast

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal and boiling water. Let soak for about 15 minutes. While still warm but not hot, stir in the flour, sugar, milk and yeast. Cover, and let rise overnight in the refrigerator.

  2. In the morning, mix in the eggs, baking powder and salt. If the batter seems too thin, add more cornmeal to thicken it up. If desired, set aside a cupful of batter for the next morning's batch of griddle cakes (see Cook's Note).

  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium heat. Spoon pancakes onto the hot griddle, and cook until browned on each side. Serve at once with butter and syrup.

Cook's Note:

To use the reserved cup of batter for the next morning, mix the same way--just eliminate the yeast and use the starter (batter) instead.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

302 Calories
5g Fat
54g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 302
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 278mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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