Recipes for a Variety of Old Fashion Breads: Johnny Cakes, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Hot Rolls

Recipes for a Variety of Old Fashion Breads: Johnny Cakes, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Hot Rolls

Yes, you can go home again. Well, sort of anyway. With these recipes you just may be able to recreate some of the delicious breads you remember from Grandma’s and Mom’s. Remember Johnny Cakes? Now you can make your own with this simple old-fashion recipe. Do You prefer those delicious big ole buttermilk biscuits? You can do that, too, using this recipe for Wilma’s Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits. Or perhaps you prefer hot rolls. Bet you’ve never tried this recipe for Jiffy Cake Mix Hot Rolls!

Johnny Cakes


  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp soda
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten


Mix all ingredients together using only enough strokes to mix well. Drop by spoonfuls on hot griddle. Fry until brown on each side.

Wilma’s Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits

This is another old Southern Indiana recipe.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup lard (or shortening)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda


Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together into a large bowl. Work the lard into the flour mixture using your fingers. Mix the baking soda into the buttermilk and add to the flour mixture; blend lightly. Knead and roll out to 1/2-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Using a biscuit cutter or the lip of a glass cut the dough. Bake on a greased baking pan (or even better, a cast iron skillet).

NOTE: Do not over knead the dough. The less you knead, the better the biscuits.

Jiffy Cake Mix Hot Rolls


  • 1 box Jiffy brand white cake mix
  • 1 pkg dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 3 cups flour


Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Set in a warm place and let rise until double in size. Punch down and shape into rolls. Dip into vegetable oil and let rise again. Put into greased muffin cups or arrange in a pan. Bake at 375 degrees until browned.


The Author:

Grandma Linda is a collector of vintage recipes. She enjoys sharing these old-time recipes with others on her blog at

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