This is a recipe for a johnnycake. To call this a recipe is an overstatement, because there are only three ingredients, two of which are salt and water.

Mix the cornmeal and salt in a small baking pan or cast iron fry pan. Boil the water and mix it in. Bake at 360°F (182°C) until crisp. Baking times vary by oven; in my oven, thirty minutes is perfect.

Serve with maple syrup. Eat with a spoon directly from the fry pan, being careful not to burn one's fingers on the dish. Johnnycakes taste best just after cooking when they're still hot. Don't bother trying to prepare extra for later.