Squares of New England Johnny Cake on countertop with a cooling rack in the background and whipped butter.
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2.86 from 7 votes

New England Johnny Cake

This recipe for New England Johnny Cake from my grandma's recipe box was a surprising find. It is like cornbread, but not the sweet version I grew up with.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 202kcal


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup corn meal yellow
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons dark molasses
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 1/3 cup milk


  • Heat oven to 375˚ F.
  • Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and set aside.
  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  • Turn upside down on cooling rack for a minute or two - that's what the recipe card says.
  • Cut into 16 squares and serve immediately (grandma's note) I actually cut mine into 9 squares, grandma was frugal.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 325mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1.5mg