The Queen's Johnnycakes


1 cup white flint cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1-1/2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons milk
3 to 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (or bacon grease)


In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, salt, and sugar. Whisk in boiling water until it becomes the consistency of loose mashed potatoes. Whisk in milk. The batter will thicken as it cools. Heat and grease a griddle to medium-high heat (Barbara uses an electric griddle, set at 365°). Place large spoonfuls (about 3 tablespoons) of batter onto the griddle and brown, about 5 minutes on each side.


about 1 dozen cakes

Preparation Time

30 Minutes

Total Time

30 Minutes

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