Saturday, November 6, 2010

Elijah and His Hoecake

Have you ever had a hoecake? Mama used to make them for us all the time when I was growing up and I haven't had one in years. Larry went to a revival service this week and the message was from 1 Kings about Elijah and the widow. She had just enough flour and oil to prepare one last meal for her and her son and after it was eaten, they were going to starve to death because they had no more food. Elijah asked her to prepare a small amount for him first and if she did, the Lord would supply all the flour and oil she'd need until the next rain. Larry was telling me about this and I said, "She made him a hoecake!" and to my surprise, Larry said that was exactly what the preacher that night had said. He'd called it a hoecake, too! Now, my baby's a Yankee, bless his heart, and he ain't never had a hoecake before. I've spent the better part of this week with my mouth watering just thinking about them. We even had a discussion on Facebook about them!

So by golly, I made me some today! Just three 'cause I'm really not supposed to eat cornmeal but I didn't think this little bit would hurt.

I used Paula Deen's recipe and they turned out great!!

1 cup cornmeal mix
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 cup hot water
A tbsp bacon grease (but I used canola oil)
Oil for frying

Mix everything together and pour into a hot skillet (I used my cast iron!) with just enough oil on the bottom for frying. Fry until crispy around the edges and soft in the middle. Yum yum!!


  1. That looks yummy.

  2. My Dad used to make them all the time. I always wondered if they used a hoe back in the day to cook them on. Any comment on hoecake?

  3. That's exactly how they got their name!! It was a meal cake they cooked on a hoe over a fire. They are so yummy!!! Mama made me some today. :)