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corn cakes on tin plate with bacon and blackberries

Corn Cakes Recipe with Bacon

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 corncake 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Griddle
  • Cuisine: American


Eat like a pioneer with this delicious corn cake recipe served with thick bacon. Inspired by Little House on the Prairie, this easy to prepare meal is delicious and hearty and a fun family meal



3/4 cup cornmeal

2/3 cup milk

1/4 cup flour

1 egg

1 teaspoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

8 slices thick cut applewood smoked bacon


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, milk, flour, egg, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Set aside to rest while you cook the bacon.
  3. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until firm and crispy.
  4. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and keep warm.
  5. Drain off all but 1 Tablespoon of the bacon grease in the skillet, but reserve the grease for use as you cook the cakes.
  6. Pour 1/4 cup amounts of corncake batter into the skillet and cook until small bubbles form, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until nicely browned and cooked through.
  7. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  8. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more bacon grease if needed.
  9. Serve the corncake and bacon with fresh berries and plenty of coffee!


For extra authenticity, cook this over a campfire!

Keywords: Corn Cakes Recipe, Pioneer Recipe, Historical Recipe