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    Hoe Cakes

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    Fawndog's Note:

    This is an old civil war recipe that was found to be very good made from a hoe garden tool back then. Of course, if you don't have a garden hoe handy, a cast iron skillet should do.

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    1. 1
      Add salt to cornmeal, then water, & lastly, 1 T of the bacon drippings.
    2. 2
      Heat the other T of drippings in a heavy iron skillet & make a round cake of cornmeal dough about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick.
    3. 3
      Place in hot skillet & cook slowly on top of stove (or over open fire) until brown on one side, then turn & brown the other side.
    4. 4
      Serving size is approximate.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 28, 2008


      This is fawndog's mom, and the above review is correct in that it is a very stiff batter, (obviously since if it was thinner it would not have been able to be made on the back of a hoe, hence the name "hoe cake"). When we made these, we did find them to have a rather bland taste as well, & a certain level of finesse is required when handling this thicker batter. However, it is important to remember when making these older recipes that their available ingredients were limited, & food was different back then, as were the expectations. To adapt it to modern use, you may want to add 2 T of sugar & 1-2 T more oil (bacon drippings) & thin it down some with a little more water to make it easier to work with in a frying pan. However, I am giving it 3 stars because the recipe as listed, for it's original intended use, is accurate.

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    • on April 24, 2008


      I'm really sorry that I could not give any more than 2 stars to this recipe. I tried and tried to make it work and it just wouldn't. The batter was crumbly and wouldn't hold a shape with the amount of water called for. I think the cakes should have been thinner than called for, also. What I finally got was tasteless. Unfortunately, will not be making this again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Hoe Cakes

    Serving Size: 1 (49 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 278.6
    Calories from Fat 77
    Total Fat 8.6 g
    Saturated Fat 2.8 g
    Cholesterol 6.1 mg
    Sodium 612.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 46.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 4.9 g

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