State Plate Recipe: Rhode Island’s Johnny Cakes

From the Little House to Your House

Johnny Cakes

Johnny Cakes the way Laura Ingalls ate them!


1 cup cornmeal

1 teaspoon raw sugar

1 tbsp. salt

½ cup water

1 lb. of bacon


In a bowl, mix the cornmeal with the salt and sugar.

Add water and mix until you get a nice paste. Form the paste into patties and set aside.

Fry bacon. Remove bacon and fry the cakes in the bacon grease until golden brown.

Wrap the patties in brown paper and then again in brown wax paper.

Source:, originally published in On the Banks of Plum Creek

For more ways to enjoy Johnny Cakes, see these ideas from the State Plate Food Experts at Kenyon’s Grist Mill.


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