Cornpone vs. Johnnycake

By Jaxson

  • Cornpone

    Cornbread is a generic name for any number of quick breads containing cornmeal. They are usually leavened by baking powder.

  • Johnnycake

    Johnnycake (also called journey cake, shawnee cake or johnny bread) is a cornmeal flatbread. An early American staple food, it is prepared on the Atlantic coast from Newfoundland to Jamaica. The food originates from the native inhabitants of North America. It is still eaten in the West Indies, Dominican Republic, Saint Croix, Bahamas, Colombia, and Bermuda as well as in the United States and Canada.

    The modern johnnycake is found in the cuisine of New England, and often claimed as originating in Rhode Island. A modern johnnycake is fried cornmeal gruel, which is made from yellow or white cornmeal mixed with salt and hot water or milk, and sometimes sweetened. In the Southern United States, the word used is hoecake, although this can also refer to cornbread fried in a pan.

  • Cornpone (noun)

    A form of cornbread made without milk or eggs.


  • Cornpone (noun)

    Something or someone considered stereotypical of rural, Southern US attitudes or attributes.

  • Johnnycake (noun)

    A dense, baked or fried flatbread made of cornmeal.


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