We read in the book George Washington's Breakfast about a little boy who makes his Grandma promise that IF he could figure out what George Washington ate for breakfast, she would cook it for him. After a lot of research he discovered that George ate 3 hoecakes and had 3 cups of tea for breakfast every morning. So Grandma goes through the trouble to learn how to make a colonial hoe cake.
Hey! That was cool. And I totally wanted to make a "real" hoe cake.
Luckily my parents are the type to humor me and so we did!
Now, you may wonder what hoe cakes are all about? Also known as Johnny cakes, or ash cakes, hoe cakes are a nothing more than a little cornmeal, water and salt. Remember, corn was a staple in the new world and the people there were very familiar with making "little cakes." Formed into "patties" the native americans cooked hoecakes on hot rocks near a fire. The colonial's supposedly cooked them on the end of their hoe! (although it's open to debate)
We used this recipe from Hillbilly Housewife.
We wanted to try out the idea of cooking these hoe cakes on a hoe (although different websites disagree on whether these were EVER actually cooked on a hoe - which kind of ruined it for me. Bummer!)
They turned out pretty good.
After cooking a couple on a hoe we got a little more modern and did what most pioneers would've done. Cooked them in cast iron with some delicious bacon grease. Ohhhh boy, THOSE were awesome! Yum yum yum!
We went crazy and threw in some potatoes.
(Pioneers had a pepper mill right?)
Served with beans and potatoes our hoecakes were really delicious!