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Apr 17, 2006 10:49 AM

johnny cakes?? what are they & where can i get some?

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I was watching the Sopranos last night and there was a scene in a New Hampshire diner where Johnny Cakes were ordered. What is this delicacy?? Are they sold locally??

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  1. They're white-cornmeal pancakes, though the only place I know that serves them is Dupar's and I haven't been in years.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek
      Silverlake Bodhisattva

      They appear to be gone from the Dupar's menu, at least on-line.

      Anyone else got a local source? Isn't the giant pancake-thingy at the Pines in Palmdale cornmeal-based?

    2. The Horseless Carriage (at Galpin Ford) used to serve really good yellow cornmeal pancakes. All the breakfasts were good there, and so was the service and the prices. Hmm. Anyway, I wonder if yellow cornmeal pancakes are like Johnnycakes.

      1. I'm assuming this is a Sopranos food reference?


        1. I can't remember what they're called, but IHop has these pancakes that are made with Cream of Wheat and are sort of like Johnny Cakes, but I think better, sweeter. Try those!

          1. The originals weren't exactly delicate taste treats, but basically cornmeal mixed with boiling water and fried in grease. Subsistence grub. I gather now they're just cornmeal pancakes; I would've expected IHOP to have some, but those Cream of Wheat things sound vile...

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Will, my wife calls that hot water corn bread.

              1. re: JB

                Yup, that's what it is all right. In New England, they were wrapped up and put into a travelling pouch, to be eaten cold along the way. "Journey cakes" = "Johnny cakes". At least that's the story I read.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  I like food for the masses –Tortillas, Knishes, Matzo balls, Pancakes, Rice, Corn Bread... I found a story like the one you know (link below) about “Corn Bread” that talks about “regional names” including , journey cake, Shawnee cake = johnnycakes ...

                  Are these thick or thin? Know any local places that makes-um the way you know it to be? Sounds great served hot with butter on top.