Monday, August 30, 2010

Fried Corn Bread aka Hoe Cakes

This is an old slave bread. They were cooked in the fields on there hoes. They were forbidden to cook in there shakes. They are as simmple as can be.

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Ancho powder
fresh creaked black pepper
3/4 cups boiling water ( must be boiling or will not work)
2 tablespoons bacon drippings

Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Stirring constantly, add boiling water in a slow thin stream. Beat until batter is smooth. Pat out cakes with your hands-if batter is too hot,use a spoon. Place on a cast iron lid or on the bottom of a dutch oven, coated with the bacon drippings and fry until golden brown. Turn and repeat. Serves 4. Some times I add chopped green onions, or chopped up pig skins.


  1. I had to google ancho powder but can easily substitute some kind of chili powder I think. i will give this a try. Cant say I have seen pig skins for sale but certainly have green onions available.

  2. Pig skins are sold under the name baconetes some times.I hope you enjoy.