Johnnycakes were popular particularly in the Northeast, but eaten acrosse the United States since the 1600's. The recipe is very simple and fun to make.
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups ground yellow cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup buttermilk (we used regular milk)
2 Tbsp. butter
syrup, molasses or preserves for topping
Bring one cup water to boil in a medium saucepan. Combine the cornmeal, salt, boiled water, and milk in a medium bowl. Stir well. Melt the butter in a skillet or a cast-iron griddle over medium heat. Pour one tablespoon of batter into the skillet, pancake-style to cook. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until edges are lacy and lightly browned, using a spatula to turn. Serve hot with molasses, maple syrup, and butter.