Here’s a nice, hearty breakfast with plenty of old-fashioned flavor. I serve it to my bed and breakfast customers who love the cake’s savory middle and maple syrup topping. It’s a great way to start the day!
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 12 uncooked breakfast sausage links
- 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 1 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Maple syrup
- In a small bowl, combine cornmeal and buttermilk; let stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook sausage until no longer pink; drain on paper towels. Arrange eight links in a spoke-like pattern in a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate. Cut remaining links in half; place between whole sausages.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir egg and vanilla into cornmeal mixture; add to dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Pour batter over sausages.
- Bake at 400° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm with syrup. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Johnnycake in Country Extra May 2008, p51
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