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The Chippewa took these fried cakes along when the tribe was moving or warriors were hunting. They are, however, best eaten hot.


  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter or bacon drippings
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cooking oil (for frying)


  1. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, water, butter or bacon drippings, syrup and salt.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Drop batter by tablespoonsful into hot oil. Flatten with spatula and fry cakes until crisp and browned on both sides. Add more oil as needed.

Serves 4 to 6.

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