Raised Griddle Cakes

Raised Griddle Cakes


"This is a very old-fashioned version of cornmeal pancakes which rise overnight. It came to our family via my great grandmother and dates back to the mid 1870s. The cornmeal gives these pancakes a tiny hint of fried mush, a splendid treat that exceeds my patience to make."

Ingredients 1 d 48 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 302 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 302 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 4.5 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 54.1g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 11.2 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 471 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal and boiling water. Let soak for about 15 minutes. While still warm but not hot, stir in the flour, sugar, milk and yeast. Cover, and let rise overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. In the morning, mix in the eggs, baking powder and salt. If the batter seems too thin, add more cornmeal to thicken it up. If desired, set aside a cupful of batter for the next morning's batch of griddle cakes (see Cook's Note).
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium heat. Spoon pancakes onto the hot griddle, and cook until browned on each side. Serve at once with butter and syrup.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • To use the reserved cup of batter for the next morning, mix the same way--just eliminate the yeast and use the starter (batter) instead.
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These did take a little time to prepare, but since most of the work is done the night before it takes very little time to get them going in the morning. I had the batter ready and had to wait for the griddle to finish heating. The batter did come out a little thin. I cooked them that way and they turned out fine, if just a little flat. Next time I will start with more cornmeal, probably a quarter cup or more extra. The cooking time seemed to need to be a little longer than regular pancakes. The first two I made turned out a little doughy. I started leaving them on the griddle for a few extra minutes after they looked done and the rest all came out perfect. The taste was very good, but I was hoping it would taste a little more like corn bread. The corn flavor was definitely there, but was a little more subtle than I would have liked. This is something that the extra cornmeal will hopefully also help with.


The batter was thin ~ I added an extra 1/4 cup all purpose flour to the batter. I also decreased the yeast by 1/2 teaspoon. The overall flavor was bland - even though I added an extra tablespoon of sugar. I don't think I'll be making these again.


Intriguing taste and texture. Needed more cornmeal and I liked to top the finished cakes with lots of butter.