Hot Water Cornbread


This is a very old-fashioned recipe. The cornbread is shaped into little cakes and fried, rather than baked. They are served with maple syrup over them.

Original recipe makes 12 cakes


1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon shortening
3/4 cup boiling water

  • PREP

    5 mins

  • COOK

    10 mins


    15 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and sugar. Add boiling water and shortening; stir until shortening melts.
  2. Pour oil or bacon fat to a depth of 1/2 inch in a large skillet and heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Shape cornmeal mixture into flattened balls using a heaping tablespoon as a measuring guide. Fry each in hot oil, turning once, until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve at once with maple syrup or honey.


Calories: 48 kcal
Carbohydrates: 8.2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fat: 1.4 g
Fiber: 0.7 g
Protein: 0.8 g
Sodium: 198 mg