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Lacy-Edged Corn Pancakes

Many people are starting to get hit hard by the declining economy. It's a time for tightening our belts and seeking ways to save money. In a time of affluence, we take the easy route toward meals by eating out and picking up fast food. One way to simplify our spending on food for the family is to look back at how people managed who didn't have much cash flow. Below is a simple recipe from the 1800s that cost less than fifty cents a serving.

I keep powdered buttermilk in the frig for such recipes. Buttermilk gives a slight tang or zip to the recipe without adding a buttermilk taste. I also keep cornmeal in an airtight container in the freezer. A two-pound bag of cornmeal will last for some time if properly contained.

After you try the recipe, let me know how you liked it.

Lacy-Edged Corn Pancakes

1 cup white cornmeal,
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda,
mix an egg with
1 1/4 cup buttermilk.

Place tablespoon of bacon fat or lard in hot skillet. Let the shortening smoke a little before placing into it a tablespoon of batter, dropped at a distance of six inches. Dropping batter at a distance into hot shortening is essential.

Serve with syrup made by bringing to boil over a low heat:
1 cup dark-brown sugar,
1/4 cup water,
tablespoon butter or bacon fat.


Tina Dee Books said...

Ummm...YUM! This sounds delicious!

Guess what I'm posting a link to today? THIS RECIPE!

Can't wait to try it!

Thanks for always something fun, interesting, or delicious to come to on your blog, AJ!

Tina Dee Books said...

Uh-oh! I only have yellow cornmeal! I'll let you know how that works, but do you know already how it would be different in texture & flavor?

A J Hawke said...

Hi Tina,

Yellow cornmeal will do fine. The white cornmeal gives it a little more of a pancake look. You can also add a tablespoon of sugar if you have more of a sweet tooth. The syrup is sweet enough for me.
I can't wait to hear how you and Lil' Tiger likes them.


Tina Dee Books said...

Lil Tiger ate several! He said they were delicious. And they were! But we ate them up before I could pull the camera out for pics.

We used store bought syrup, but I'd like to try your syrup recipe-sounds decadent.


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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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