Mrs. Wong’s Wartime Pancake Recipe

Mrs. Wong’s Wartime Pancake Recipe

This morning I decided to start my day trying out the recipe I found for wartime pancakes.  It was printed in the Lincoln Journal Star in Lincoln Nebraska on May 17, 1918.  Mrs J. Wong won first place in the contest, so I chose her recipe to try.  I’ve never made pancakes without eggs, but with only 4 ingredients, it was extremely simple to make.  I didn’t have buttermilk, but I did add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to my whole milk and let it sit for 5 minutes.


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The recipe created a batter that was similar to what I was familiar with.  I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup to portion the batter onto my griddle.

They cooked up very similar to what I am familiar with.  They were also very easy to flip over.  They are a dense pancake that to me felt like cornbread in pancake form.  They were very tasty and all three of my kids loved them.  The recipe made 12 pancakes.  I don’t think it’s a recipe that I would make often, but in a pinch if you don’t have eggs, this is a tasty option.

1918 May 17 - Lincoln Journal Star - Nebraska - Wartime Panackes


Eggless Cornmeal Pancakes

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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An egg free pancake recipe from 1918.

Credit: Mrs. J Wong


  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup white flour


  1. Dissolve the baking soda in the milk
  2. Add cornmeal and flour and stir well
  3. Bake on a smoking hot griddle

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