Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hot cake, pan cake, johnny cake

I've wondered for awhile if there was a difference between a hot cake and a pancake. You know, as in "they sold like hot cakes". But I never wondered at a time or place that was convenient to looking it up. Then, at the start of the cattle drive last September I got to try jonnycakes which made me wonder even more. There was clearly a difference between pancakes and jonnycakes as jonnycakes seem to be primary corn meal. Not bad, really, but certainly in need of more syrup than you'd need in pancakes.

Hot cakes refer to a thin batter fried on both sides on a griddle. This includes anything called battercake, flannel cake, flannel-cake, flapcake, flapjack, hotcake, pancake, or griddlecake.

Jonnycake (also johnnycake, johnny cake, journey cake, johnny bread, hoecake) refers to a fried gruel made of a mixture of corn meal, salt, and water or milk. Sweetening is optional, but strongly recommended.

Both are made with quick bread which is any bread made with a non-yeast leavening material.

Now you know, but I bet you wish you had those couple of minutes back.


lacochran's evil twin said...

But what about the mysterious funnel cake connection?

Ibid said...

No corn meal in that at all.