Pa's Old-Fashioned Johnny Cake / Cornbread

Pa's Old-Fashioned Johnny Cake / Cornbread created by Debber

The plain version was a staple during my dad's Depression-years childhood; but we rarely had it when I was growing up. My children expect this at least once a month as a regular feature on our Saturday morning breakfast menu OR when we have breakfast-for-supper. Prepare the optional sausage and hard-boiled eggs ahead of time, and it goes together quicker-n-anything!

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  • Preheat oven to 425; grease a 13x9 pan.
  • Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl, stir through, make a well in the center.
  • In another bowl, add eggs, milk, and oil all at once; blend well.
  • Add wet to dry ingredients, stir until moistened (don't over-mix or you'll be sorry!).
  • Fold in optional ingredients. Sausage should be in crumbles or bite-size pieces.
  • Pour into prepared pan; rap pan on counter-top several times to bounce out the air-bubbles.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes--top will be golden-brown.
  • Serve with butter and maple syrup.
  • OPTION #1: Add 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese.
  • OPTION #2: Add 1/2 - 1 cup of sweet corn (plain kernels); adds a neat "chewy" texture to the 'cake.'
  • OPTION #3: Add 6 hard-boiled, chopped eggs.
  • OPTION #4: Add 1 pound fried & drained pork sausage (crumbled) or links (bite-size).
  • TIME-SAVING HINT: Gather a handful of 1-quart zipper bags, fill with DRY ingredients, and store in your cupboard. At meal-time, add wet ingredients as described.
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"The plain version was a staple during my dad's Depression-years childhood; but we rarely had it when I was growing up. My children expect this at least once a month as a regular feature on our Saturday morning breakfast menu OR when we have breakfast-for-supper. Prepare the optional sausage and hard-boiled eggs ahead of time, and it goes together quicker-n-anything!"

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  1. suzanneduranceau
    i was looking for this recipe since many years. I use to spend my summers in the country at my grand parents place, by a lake, and my grand mother use to prepare this cake that she was calling «Johnny cake » in the oven of the wood stove where the heat was a little uneven. The bottom was always dark brown, and it gave a fantastic taste to the cake. She use to throw big cristal of sugar on the warm top crust, just before taking the cake out. I am from the Eastern Township in Quebec, it took me a while before realizing that this recipe was coming from aunts on my grand mother's side who had move to Road Island during the great depression. Now that I have the recipe, and as I can't eat eat, I replace the flour with a Pamela pancake mix with almond flour and rice flour and the taste is amazing... Love it!
  2. suzanneduranceau
    i was looking for this recipe since many years. I use to spend my summers in the country at my grand parents place, by a lake, and my grand mother use to prepare this cake that she was calling «Johnny cake » in the oven of the wood stove where the heat was a little uneven. The bottom was always dark brown, and it gave a fantastic taste to the cake. She use to throw big cristal of sugar on the warm top crust, just before taking the cake out. I am from the Eastern Township in Quebec, it took me a while before realizing that this recipe was coming from aunts on my grand mother's side who had move to Road Island during the great depression. Now that I have the recipe, and as I can't eat eat, I replace the flour with a Pamela pancake mix with almond flour and rice flour and the taste is amazing... Love it!
  3. PSU Lioness
    This was a pretty good recipe. I wound up adding a bit more sugar and milk to get it to the taste I was looking for, and then I fried them like pancakes and served with lentil chili. Thanks for posting!
  4. Debbb
    Perfect Johnny Cake! I used this recipe to enter the "cornbread special" at the county fair & won first place!! I loved the moist, flavourful cake with the crispy crust. One batch made a nice thick 8" cake & a couple of dozen mini muffins.
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