Civil War Recipe ~ Confederate Johnnie Cakes

02 Jun
Civil War Recipe ~ Confederate Johnnie Cakes

With experience growing among the Confederate soldiers, personal modifications to the uniform became prevalent.  The need for long boots, long coats, long sabers, buck gauntlets with long cuffs (gloves), and knapsacks filled with essentials soon went by the way-side.

The haversack remained, but very seldom held rations of appropriate proportion.  Often rations, given as a three-day supply, only lasted for one sitting.  Other items also fell off as unessential such as the canteen being replaced by a tin can, as it was easier to fill at a stream, or other source of water found along the way, and it could also be used to cook in.  One of the staples made from rations the soldiers received were Johnnie Cakes.  At times these were combined with salt pork to make Cush.  (I have posted that recipe here.)

Picture and recipe courtesy of

Confederate Johnnie Cakes:

  • 2 cups Cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 2 tbl. Vegetable OIl (they didn’t have this – authentic recipe used Bacon grease)
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Mix ingredients into a stiff batter and form eight biscuit sized “dodgers”.  Bake on a lightly greased sheet at 350°F for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.  OR Spoon batter into hot cooking oil in frying pan over a low flame.  Remove the corn dodgers and let cool on a paper towel, spread with a little butter or molasses.

The alternative (modern alternative) to the afore-mentioned methods  is to bake them in muffin tin.

Doesn’t that picture make it look delicious?  I wonder if that’s how it looked when the soldiers made it. 😛


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4 responses to “Civil War Recipe ~ Confederate Johnnie Cakes

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  3. linda holland

    March 30, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    I still make this. I cook for one. I use cornmeal mix. I like it with chopped onions in it. Sometimes jalapino peppers. Down South we still love our cornbread. I love the yellow cornmeal mix. Once in a while I buy stoneground cornmeal. It is a little high priced but worth it.
    I enjoyed reading this. Thanks.


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