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Jan 19, 2007 09:51 PM

calling southern cooks: recipe for ho cake??

One story is told that ho cakes were a staple among the field workers in early American history. A cornmeal mush was made and fried over fire, upon their hoes. Please give your insight and recipes. Is there a more modern version of such a dish.. scrapple? fried grit cakes?

thanks for your help.

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  1. i've always thought of them as cornmeal pancakes (but more dense) since my grandma used to give them to me with maple syrup on them.

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    1. re: LAcupcake

      so could be breakfast food? or anytime snack maybe.

      1. re: freeranger

        It could totally be breakfast food (goes soooo well with bacon)! Sometimes she gave them to my grandpa to eat alongside his soup at lunch time but since I loved them with syrup I ate them for breakfasts at her house. A fun trip down memory lane... I haven't had hoe cakes since I was a kid!

    2. I think you mean "hoe cakes." We still make them, but more like a cornmeal based pancake batter cooked in butter and oil in a cast iron pan. Let me see if I can find a recipe...

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      1. re: Non Cognomina

        I laughed when I saw "ho cakes" . . . I believe that according to legend these were originally set on a hoe that was placed in the fire, where they were baked, and thus the name. I don't think they were named after the oldest profession.

        1. re: Non Cognomina

          I was wondering about the spelling myself. Especially when it's just above a post titled "Calling All Tarts".

          1. re: Louise

            Thanks for waking my up with a good laugh!

          1. re: Non Cognomina

            My folks called it "CORN DODGER" I don't know if my mother put any wheat flour in her's. She cooked them in bacon grease or lard. We ate them with KARO syrp or sorgum molassas

          2. Goodness, they sound just like corn pone that my granny used to make...but we ate them with fried meat (usually fried baloney or spam). I think sometimes Dad and the uncles would mix oleo and 'lassy (molasses) and eat with them, too. You're trip down memory lane (sans the ticks and chiggers!)

            1. Hoe Cakes, boy you had me wondering... They are a stiff corn meal batter that could be baked on the blade of a hoe and can also be fried. The batter is stiff enough to shape by hand.

              Mix a cup of stone or water ground corn meal with 1 Tbs. softened lard, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 Tsp. baking powder, 1/2 C. milk and enough water to make a batter you can shape by hand. Bake or fry until golden