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Eat This Word: Hoecake

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December 21, 2015

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WHAT? Pancake’s papa. Johnnycakes, ashcakes, battercakes, corn cakes, cornpone, jurney cakes, jonakin, jonikins, Shawnee cakes, and hoe cakes (or hoecakes) are all regional variations of flatbreads made with cornmeal, water, and salt. According to the website foodreference.com, since Native Americans showed the Pilgrims how to cook with corn, they are also most likely to have taught them how to make these precursors of our modern-day pancake. Hoe cakes were, as Culinaria United States notes, “supposedly created by slaves who cooked ‘journey’ cake batter on their hoes under the hot sun while working in the fields.” The original three-ingredient recipe has evolved during the last 400 years, and eggs, oil, butter, and even baking powder are now standard in most recipes. You can of course opt for a mix, but Aunt Jemima prefers wheat to cornmeal. Whichever recipe you use, the frying pan has become the cooking utensil of preference.

WHERE? Lowcountry Meets New Orleans

WHEN? Saturday, January 16, 2016

HOW? Mauthe’s Dairy Creole Cream Cheese with Lace Hoecake and Kumquat Preserves