Johnny Cakes


  • 2 cups white cornmeal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • canola oil or shortening for frying
  • Mix cornmeal and salt in a deep bowl.
  • Slowly pour boiling water into it, stirring it constantly to scald all of the meal. This may take a little more or a little less than 3 cups of water, depending on the texture of the meal.
  • When mixture is well stirred, allow to set for 10 to 15 minutes, with bowl covered
  • Then the meal should be so stiff it has to be pushed off the spoon onto a hot greased griddle or large saute pan.
  • With a spatula, pat the meal into flat cakes about 3/8 inch thick.
  • When one side is a rich brown, turn and cook the other side.
  • The two sides should have a thick, nutty crust, and inside should be cooked through.
  • Serve with butter, honey and or maple syrup.

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