Canadian Pioneer Style Cornmeal Pancakes
Before they became known as Pancakes, they were once called Griddlecakes hundreds of years ago. Makes sense, as the pan once referred to as a griddle is now known as a pan or frying pan. Either way these flat cake like creations are quick and easy to make. Add some maple syrup or your other favorite topping, and they disappear into tummies, just as quick and easy.
The first Canadian Pioneers learned to grind maize or corn just like the Native Canadians. In this way they were able to grind dried corn kernels down to a grainy sand like substance. A substance we call Cornmeal today.
You may not be as familiar with its use in the kitchen today. Today it is used primarily to cover the outside of Back Bacon. However, there was a time when Cornmeal, being the primary grain source, was used for so much more. Especially in bread items. Items such as these Canadian Pioneer Style Cornmeal Pancakes. Here in Canada, we prefer to use the yellow cornmeal, however, our American cousins, prefer the white cornmeal variety. Using either the yellow or the white cornmeal won’t make a difference in how awesome these taste!
Easy To Take On A Journey
Before Pancakes or Griddlecakes, these type of flat cakes were also many times called Journey Cakes (Johnny Cakes). The reason for this was very simple. A ground cornmeal mixture, with a pinch of salt was so easy to carry as a food source on your journey across this great land. Stop by a stream or river, add a little water, and before long your batter was ready. Light a fire, heat your griddle or pan, and pour in the batter. A flip of the cake, and a few more minutes cooking, and dinner, breakfast or lunch, was served.
No matter where you were on your “journey”, you could easily make a meal of these. Being cooked in a flat cake like shape also has the benefit of being a finger food if needed. Just pick it up and eat it, no extra toppings needed. So no dishes or forks and knives to wash if you were in a real pinch.
What Is Your Journey?
So no matter where you currently are on your own personal journey we call life—these can be a pleasant addition to any day. So give these a try and leave us a comment. What is your favorite pancake topping?