There are several recipes that my dad will sometimes talk about as being his favorites from childhood: cinnamon rolls, ice box cookies, steam pudding and date filled cookies to name a few. Johnny Cake is another one he will mention. So, when I found the recipe, I thought I should pull it out and try it.
The first recipe I found was typed on a card. It listed ingredients, but had little by way of instructions. The instructions it did have were quite vague (for instance, 3/4 cup flour and corn meal to make a good batter). So, I looked in my mom’s recipe box, and sure enough, she had copied down the recipe. It still didn’t have any baking instructions, but it was more clear in its detail.
- 1 cup sour milk (I used 1 tablespoon lemon juice and then filled the cup the rest of the way with milk.)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup corn meal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 1 teaspoon soda
Mix flour, sugar and corn meal, salt, baking powder and soda. Put in eggs, melted butter, milk, etc. Mix.
The recipe was simple to put together. I decided to put it in a greased two quart baking dish. I looked up other recipes for corn bread and saw that they usually baked at about 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. I followed those directions and the Johnny Cake came out a nice golden brown.
I asked my dad if it tasted like the Johnny Cake he remembered from his childhood and he said it did. Then, to prove his point he ate a large serving. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as he did. It is a simple side dish to prepare.