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HISTORY OF Hoecakes-Recipe

One of my earliest childhood memories was watching my grandfather flip hoecakes.

Hoecakes with Grandfather Clarence

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

My grandparents Clarence Hill and Vertis Hill //

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.

Hoecakes Recipe

My grandparents Clarence Hill and Vertis Hill //
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HISTORY OF Hoecakes-Recipe

Prep Time5 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 20 mins
Author: Diane @Recipes for our Daily Bread


  • 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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2 thoughts on “HISTORY OF Hoecakes-Recipe”

  1. Thanks for this sweet post! WIll give them a try!
    I made your pumpkin bread this morning …. Perfectly yummy and everything a good pumpkin bread should be! Sunday school teachers are in for a treat tomorrow as well as the fam for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks

    • I am so glad you enjoyed the pumpkin bread. It is one of our favorites. You can also substitute sweet potatoes for the pumpkin and it is just as delicious. Thank you so much for posting a link to my blog on your blog.

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