If you like both cornbread and pancakes, there's a good chance you'll also enjoy these. They are a cross between cornbread and pancakes. Pancakes are made with wheat flour and have baking powder. Therefore, Johnnycakes, not requiring baking powder, were extremely popular in the Civil War.

You start with 2 cups of yellow cornmeal. Add to that a teaspoon or less of salt. Cut in 4 tablespoons of butter until the mixture looks like smooth, coarse sand. Add 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Mix and cook on a hot griddle or skillet exactly like you would pancakes. How easy is that!!


To learn much more about the cuisine, culture and conflict in the days of the American Civil War, check out Just Following Orders: Escape from Guerrilla Warfare in 1863