One of my earliest childhood memories was watching my grandfather flip hoecakes.
My grandfather Clarence Hill lived in a house next to where we lived. This was an early memory because we moved from that house when I was just 6 years old. The house was wooden and had stairs on the outside of it leading up to his kitchen on the second floor. I remember climbing those stairs to visit him. He would always make us a hoecake.
The visits were lots of fun because he would entertain us by showing us how he could flip the hoecake. He would take the pan off the stove and flip the hoecake as high as he could and then catch it in the skillet. I recreated this memory by learning what hoecakes were and how to make them. I really wanted to share this memory with my children. Grandpa Clarence passed away December 1973 when I was just 8 years old. My grandmother in the picture passed away at age 40.
- Clarence Hill and Vertis Hill Around 1923
Hoecakes were first made by Native Americans on hot rocks on open fires. I am sharing this with you because I thought it would be a great activity when teaching your children about the Native Americans. Later, European settlers put the hoecakes on the blade of a hoe and cooked them in a fireplace. This is why they were called hoecakes. They are similar to a piece of cornbread but even better because hoecakes are fried.
HISTORY OF Hoecakes-Recipe
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup yellow corn meal
- 3 TB sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 3 TB melted butter
- about 1 tsp vegetable oil for frying each time you put a hoecake in the skillet
- Mix all ingredients.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Drop mixture in hot skillet.
- My grandfather made one hoecake at a time the size of a pancake and flipped it over in the skillet. The hoecake will bubble around the edges like a pancake when it is ready to turn over.
Every good action and every perfect gift is from God. These good gifts come down from the Creator of the sun, moon, and stars, who does not change like their shifting shadows. James 1:19
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