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Reprinted from What was Cooking in Martha Washington’s Presidential Mansions? Cooking Throughout American History by Tanya Larkin. Try it with George Washington's Yellow Cornmeal made today at George Washington's Mount Vernon.



  • 3/4 cup cornmeal (yellow or white)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted shortening (butter, margarine or oil)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, well beaten


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl: cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add milk, egg, and shortening. Mix together. Pour into a greased, shallow baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve warm with butter, honey, or jam.

Serves 8