Easy, tasty and delicious these Hoe Cakes are a fun side dish to go with your dinner time meal, a snack to nosh on or breakfast to devour.
We love them for breakfast, but we’re not against them for lunch or dinner either. They go very well as an accompaniment to almost any meal.
If you’ve never tried Hoe Cakes, now is the time. They are a super easy dish to whip together, ideal for any type of meal.
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:
- With limited ingredients these cook up nice and fluffy in about 15 minutes.
- You can add some extras in there to give it a little bit of flavor such as cheese and bacon.
- This recipe can easily be doubled to make more, because who doesn’t want to anyways!
WHAT ARE HOE CAKES?
Hoe cakes AKA Johnny Cakes are pretty much little pancakes that are essentially mini cornbread. They are made with a mixture of cornmeal and self rising flour. The name comes from then being cooked in a pan known as a “how” but also they have been linked to rumors of them being cooked on blades of garden hoes.
Tasty Hoecakes Recipe !!
- 1 cup (128 grams) flour
- 1 cup (120 grams) cornmeal
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 Teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
- 2 tablespoons (28.12 grams) sugar
- 1 teaspoon (5.69 grams) salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup (75 grams) melted butter
- 1 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- Butter or oil for frying
- In a large bowl, mix cornmeal , flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg , and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in milk, water, egg, vanilla and melted butter . Through mix until pancake mixture is smooth
- Heat a lightly oiled cast iron or frying pan over medium high heat. Scoop about 2 tablespoons each of the batter onto the cast.
- Fry each Johnny cake until brown and crisp; turn with a spatula, and then brown the other side.
- Remove and serve immediately with syrup and/or butter and jam also .
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING HOE CAKES:
- Make them smaller, they are meant to be eaten in smaller portions, not like large sized pancakes.
- They are normally made with buttermilk, but you can also add regular milk if you don’t have any buttermilk.
- Also if you want to make your own buttermilk, you can make homemade by mixing 1 cup of milk with 1 Tbs white vinegar or lemon juice.
- Add in other mix in’s if you like, like stated above we like to add cheddar and bacon.
- Drizzle with all the syrup, hoe cakes are supposed to have syrup!
- Make sure you drain these well on paper towels before serving, like any fried food there will be residual grease leftover.
- Hoecakes can be served as a savory side dish, or serve them with a little maple syrup for a breakfast treat.