For our kids birthdays we always get them a book. This year for my son, who is just starting chapter books, I found these Magic Tree House-like books called The Enchanted Tunnel series. It is an LDS (Mormon) series and the first book finds the brother and sister arriving on a pioneer trek. My son has LOVED this book. For him, one of the best parts is a recipe for "Johnnycakes." Pioneers often cooked these in the morning and then they would wrap them up in a handkerchief and put them in their pockets where they would stay warm. While not especially hygienic, they were practical for "fast food" on the long walk West. Since my son started the book the number of times he asked for me to make these is incalculable. Finally, I relented, and it was one of the best decisions I made.
Basically, they are a cross between a Southern cornbread and a pancake. The first time we ate them we treated them like a pancake with butter and syrup. This time thought I thought we would branch out and offer pancake toppings and taco toppings, kind of a Navajo Taco without fry bread. Both ways are delicious. I then sent them as the bread for a sandwich the next day. I also think they would be great served plain, perhaps as a side in a meal.
Johnnycakes (printer friendly)
1 1/4 C flour mix
3/4 C cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 t xanthan gum
1 egg beaten
1 C milk (whatever kind you have)
1/4 C melted butter (or oil)
1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and xanthan gum. In a separate bowl combine the egg, milk and melted butter. Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture and mix just until combined.
2. Cook one of the following ways:
--Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and bake on 400-degrees for 30 minutes
--Heat a greased skillet (or griddle) on medium-high heat and pour 1/4 C batter for each "cake." Turn when the top looks bubbly.
Here are photos of two of our favorite ways to eat them.