Hoe Cakes

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hoe cake done

Dick stole the hoe cake

Ran through the meadow with it

Hid it in a brush pile

And swore he never meddled with it

From Granny Will Your Dog Bite and Other Mountain Rhymes

Hoe cakes are just another way to fix your cornbread, a good variation on a mealtime staple.  When I was growing up, we ate them just like cornbread but you can also have them with syrup if you like.

Here’s what you’ll need:

hoe cake ingr

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk (not in the photo)
  • oil for frying

Stir the dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Mix in the egg and milk.  Fry in a skillet or griddle like you would a pancake.  Serve with butter.

Do you call these hoe cakes or jonny cake?  Do you eat them regularly or have you never even heard of them?

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  1. Well Calamity Jane, I don’t believe I’ve ever had a hoe cake. Would have never guessed they were made from cornmeal either. From the pic they would pass as pancakes at my house.

    Ok, now I am having flashbacks to one of my favoite childhood movies.

    Missing my grandma, too. 🙂

  2. My granny used to make these–my mom says she called them hoe cakes even though I don’t remember them being called anything. I wanted to say pone cakes or something like that.

    • Amy, my mom and aunt always called cornbread a pone. And they used bacon grease in the skillet. Probably used bacon grease to fry hoe cakes too. It tastes so much better that way!

  3. Jonny cakes here in the deep south. We usually eat them with peas and greens. My grandma likes to eat hers with milk, which is just gross to watch. I have made them silver-dollar-sized before and topped them with southern caviar as an appetizer.

  4. Wow–I’ve never seen these or heard of them…love cornmeal pancakes though, so I’m sure I’d love these! 🙂

  5. Nope, never had them. Are they eaten for breakfast like pancakes?

  6. Charlotte says:

    My great grandmother would make them on a cast iron griddle. We grew up calling them griddle cakes, love them with covered with homemade chip-beef gravy.

  7. Beverly says:

    I just call them fried cornbread, but since I shared the name “hoe cakes” with my children, that’s all they will call them. 🙂 Regardless, they are VERY yummy. I love them with soup beans, but will also eat them with just about any other meal. Yum-O!

  8. Rochelle says:

    We call them Johnny Cakes and have eaten them ever since my daughter was in second grade and her teacher made them for the class. We usually eat them for breakfast with butter. Also, we add sugar to our batter, or use packaged cornbread mix.

  9. These look delish! I will be making these for my kiddos because they love pancakes and cornbread. This looks like both of them combined!

  10. I’ve never heard of Hoe Cakes. I do love me some corn bread, though.

  11. Both my granny & my mama made them here in Atlanta. We called them hoe cakes or corn pones. They were great.

    How many will this recipe make (and about what size)? Thanks for sharing!

  12. We have always called them cornbread fritters! They are wonderful when it is too hot to heat up the oven.

  13. I have heard of them, but had never tried them. When I mentioned them to CJ, he said they were sort of like toaster cakes, which I LOVE, so I tried out the recipe this morning.
    I tried eating it with just butter and they were a bit bland and dry for my taste, but when I add a bit of syrup…mmmhhhmmm! I may try them again later in the week with some of my homemade raspberry syrup!
    Thanks for sharing!

  14. I’ve heard of hoe cakes but never had a desire to try them until I saw your photo. Yum!

  15. These look good. Once I get back to my home I am going to give them a try! Always looking for more breakfast ideas.

  16. I tried hoe cakes a few weeks ago. We used a recipe that called for cornmeal, boiling water, salt. Mix together, fry in butter and that was it. They were heavy as lead and generally awful. This recipe sounds much tastier and lighter…can’t wait to try them again!

  17. Thanks for the recipe! I’m gonna make a breakfast sandwich with em. Fritters with creamed corn, scrambled egg, kielbasa, cheese, maple syrup. Yum! Great to munch on while I’m driving to the city for the day. Way better than McD’s. Maybe I’ll make two: one for lunch too! Or an afternoon snack!

  18. My MOM use to make these when i was a kid but she just used flour,never corn meal,those were great,cant eat corn meal but would like to know how to make them out of flour,but these look good,

  19. We called them ‘cornbread fritters.’ Sure are good and nice way to have your cornbread and not heat the house with the oven on in the summertime. KY raised

  20. spring williams says:

    I think hoecakes are mans best friend. The best thing ever happened to meal & flour. Me also of course.

  21. When I was growing up my mom and grandma made these. And they called them hot water cornbread we had these with a big pot of beans.

  22. Hoecakes were actually cooked over a campfire using a hoe–just like the one you use to hoe weeds in the garden.

  23. Hoe cakes. Raised on them. They were plate size and 1 inche (or more) thick. Local sugar cane suryp a must. Tear off a ‘hunk’ of hoe cake (if you were sharing) mop up the suryp and you had a meal fit for a king. Loved it. A staple meal for family farms (when family farms still existed in the US).

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