Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4
Note: Adapted from the 1943 "Joy of Cooking" by Irma Rombauer.
1 cup white or yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 to 2 tablespoons honey, sugar or syrup
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1. Combine the cornmeal, salt, butter and honey in a large, heavy bowl. Pour the boiling water over top and whisk well to combine. Cover tightly and let stand at least 10 minutes.
2. Measure the milk into a measuring cup. Add the egg and beat well with a fork until smooth. Stir this into the cornmeal mixture.
3. Sift together the flour and baking powder and stir into the cornmeal mixture with a few swift strokes.
4. Heat the griddle until a few drops of water dance and skitter across the surface. Butter or grease the griddle lightly, then pour the batter in one-third-cup measures. Cook until bubbles stop appearing and the top surface appears slightly dry, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook just until the center feels set and no longer liquid, 1 to 3 more minutes. This makes about 8 pancakes.
5. Serve immediately with syrup or jam, or keep warm on a cookie sheet in a 200-degree oven.