Mom talked about having Johnny Cake when she was little. They always drizzled it with maple syrup.
Given that my grandfather died when Mom was 9 (around the time her brother Gordon died) I suspect that Johnny Cake was a common food due to low cost. These are the things that make memories …
- 2 cups corn meal
- 1 cup flour
- 1-1/2 cups sour milk (see below)
- 2 Tbsp shortening
- 2 tsp baking soda
Mix all ingredients well. Place in greased 9×13 cake pan and bake at 350 F. It is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Note: To make sour milk, add 1 Tbsp vinegar to each cup of milk.