Sunday, October 17, 2010

Johnny Cakes

Yesterday we cooked outside over a fire. I made bean with bacon soup, peach cobbler and Johnny Cakes. I did not take any pictures, but you really don't need them for this. You can look on Wiki for an article explaining the origins of Johnny Cakes here. And here is how I made them:

Johnny Cakes

1/2 cup thick whole wheat sourdough starter
3/4 cup goat milk
1 egg

Wisk all of that together with a fork, and then add:

1 cup whole corn meal
1 teaspoon Real Salt
2 Tablespoons Sucanat
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons raw honey
2 Tablespoon melted kettle lard

Mix together the corn meal, salt, soda and sucanat. Add that to the milk mixture and then stir in the honey and lard. Let the batter set while you heat up your griddle.

Cook just as you would for pancakes, on a griddle greased well with lard.

Serve with plenty of butter and molasses. Oh, it was SO good!

Needless to say, you can substitute ingredients, but this was an excellent combination, and I would not do it without the sourdough. It's just not the same. If you need a sourdough starter, you can get one for free here:


  1. Maybe is time for me to taste some of those cakes. :)


  2. Come on over, Mely, and I'll whip up a batch for us!

  3. Bean and bacon soup sounds wonderful. I was just telling hubby that its about time for soup. Would you share your recipe?

  4. Certainly!
    Bean with bacon soup. I make this in a cast iron pan. The day before, put Great Northern beans in a colander and rinse them off, discarding any rocks or broken beans. Cover them well with plenty of cold water, add a little lemon juice and soak until the next day. Drain and rinse. In the meantime, chop up a small amount of bacon and an onion and cook that together in your cast iron pot until the bacon is done, but it doesn't need to be crisp. Add the beans and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, and reduce to simmer. Cover, and cook until the beans are very tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. You might have to add some boiling water as it cooks if your water gets too low. That's it!

  5. I haven't hear that term Johnny Cake since I was a little girl. Reminds me of my Grandmother and the farm.


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