In the Kitchen Today…Johnny Cakes

It was a wonderful day in the kitchen.

My daughter in law, Alice, and I made Johnny Cakes. What exactly is Johnny Cake? It is kind of like a cornmeal flatbread and you might even be familiar with these other names used throughout history: hoecake, corncake, ashcake and pone.  Some think that the name Johnny Cake may have even be derived from  the term “journey cake” because the cakes could be taken along on long trips and baked on ones travels. Click here to read more about  the history of Johnny Cake.

The recipe we used today is here.

This was  very simple and easy recipe to make. It literally took minutes and you most likely have these ingredients right in your kitchen.

Some of our notes from today:

The cakes were savory than sweet. Salty. Very dense.  Kind of like a hush puppy.

Not fluffy. The exterior was very crispy.  Interior very moist.

Used unsalted butter. Skim milk.

Made a few small cakes (if you want to make a lot – recommend doubling or tripling the recipe)

It was interesting to make the Johnny Cake in a skillet. I imagine the soldiers would have made this the same exact way – except for over a campfire.  This recipe was so simple and so easy to make and if you get the chance, I highly recommending you making it in your own kitchen. It truly is so fun to make (and taste) foods that our ancestors once ate and enjoyed.

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