I made my Johnny Cake on Monday. I used the below recipe to make it. One thing I have to say up front is that the recipe says you should be able to use a spoon to drop it onto the baking pan. That was not my experience. When I mixed everything up it was kind of sticky but more clumpy than liquid. I ended up making balls of the dough with my hand and putting them into the pan like that. There was also more waste than I thought there would be as you can see from the picture of the finished product. I have not tried to prepare them yet so I can’t speak to how they taste.
Regarding storage I am not sure these are as amenable to long-term storage as Hardtack because they have both milk and oil in the recipe. I am going to vacuum seal these just as I did the hardtack but I think I’m going to throw an oxygen absorber into each package in an attempt to extend the shelf life. I will probably have one for lunch next week sometime and put the video of that together and post it then. I also have video of making Johnny Cake but I have not put it together yet. It will go up as soon as I am done editing it as well. As usual, I will put up a post when the video is posted.
Here is the recipe I got from the Arkansas History Hub at: http://www.arhistoryhub.com/civil-war-make-your-own-hardtack-and-johnny-cake/
Necessary Supplies for Johnny Cake:
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 2/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Mixing bowl
- Cookie Sheet
Instructions for Making Johnny Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter or vegetable oil.
- Mix all dry ingredients together in the mixing bowl.
- Add all wet ingredients to the dry.
- Mix together until the batter is very stiff.
- Use a spoon to drop the batter onto the cookie sheet, very much like making “drop biscuits.”
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the biscuits are lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.