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Johnny Cakes
Johnnycakes were America's first pancake. After tasting the delicious combination of cornmeal cakes, bacon, and maple syrup, you'll understand why this heirloom recipe has been handed down for over 300 years. Johnnycakes are also known as jonnycakes, journey cakes, and Shawnee cakes.

Makes 10-12 Johnnycakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 cup yellow or white corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • maple syrup as needed


  1. Saute the diced bacon until crisp. Reserve the bacon and the fat. Combine corn meal, salt and sugar in a bowl. Stir in the boiling water with a whisk until mixture is smooth and thick.

  2. Use the bacon drippings to grease a griddle, or non-stick frying pan, set over med-high flame. Drop the batter, about 1/4 cup for each johnnycake, into the pan and fry for about 5-6 minutes per side. They should be golden-brown, and the edges will begin to get crispy.
Serve on warm plates with maple syrup, with the cooked bacon crumbled over the top.

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