Sunday Brunch: Johnnycakes (Cornmeal Pancakes) with Chili Syrup

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Depending on where you come from, Johnnycakes will take different forms. In the Caribbean, they're fried, wheat flour bread, but in most of the United States, they're a unleavened corn pancakes. This version is the one most commonly found throughout the East Coast.

If you're a fan of polenta or grits, you'll love Johnnycakes, which are basically fried polenta cakes. Adding some salt and spice with an easy to make chili syrup gives these simple corn pancakes some extra excitement. It's also a great glaze for shrimp on the grill, or even a roast chicken.

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