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Makes ten 3-inch pancakes; 4 servings(!)

Combine in a large bowl:

1 cups stone-ground cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar

Pour over slowly, stirring constantly to prevent lumps:

2 cups boiling water

Set aside for 10 minutes. Set 2 very large skillets over medium heat. (You can also use a medium-hot griddle, set to about 325F.) Add to each skillet:

1 tablespoon butter

When butter begins to color, dip the batter by cupfuls. The cakes should be thick (about -inch) and no more than 3 inches across. Smooth the top lightly with your fingertips if necessary. Let cook at a quiet sizzle, without allowing the butter to become darker than a pale nut brown, until the underside is a very deep golden brown, 6 to 11 minutes.

Cut into extremely thin pats:

1 to 1 teaspoon unsalted butter

Lightly press one pat onto each johnnycake, flip with a spatula, and let cook on the other side until deep golden brown, 6 to 11 minutes more. Keep warm in a 200 F oven. Repeat with the remaining batter.
[as per Matthew Karl and The Joy of Cooking, July 2002]

Posted by elizabeth at December 12, 2002 09:33 PM | Printable Version
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