Johnny Cake # 1

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.

The Fixings
The Fixings
Mixed up in the bowl
Mixed up in the bowl
Just before going into the oven
Just before going into the oven

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/

The Finished Product
The Finished Product

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

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter or vegetable oil.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in the mixing bowl.
  4. Add all wet ingredients to the dry.
  5. Mix together until the batter is very stiff.
  6. Use a spoon to drop the batter onto the cookie sheet, very much like making “drop biscuits.”
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the biscuits are lightly browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.