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The Best Southern Hoe Cakes (AKA Fried Cornbread) Recipe

Ever tried the deliciousness that is Fried Cornbread, or as some call it, Southern Hoe Cakes?

Southern Hoe Cakes

These golden goodies are not your average pancakes – they’ve got a unique flavor that pairs amazingly with hot syrup or honey butter. You can even go all in and enjoy them with greens to soak up those tasty juices.

Give this recipe a shot, and I’d love to hear what you think! I’m pretty confident your family will be asking for seconds. Happy cooking!

TO MAKE SOUTHERN HOECAKES, YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

HOW DO YOU MAKE THESE SOUTHERN HOECAKES?

Step 1: Stir together the cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Step 2: In a separate large bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk (or milk) together until fully combined.

Step 3: Stir the cornmeal mixture into the wet ingredients until smooth.

Step 4: Let the hoe cake batter rest for about 10 minutes, to thicken.

Step 5: Add the vegetable oil to your skillet, and place on stovetop at medium high heat.

Step 6: Place large spoonfuls of the batter into the skillet. Fry the cakes until bubbles appear on the tops and their edges are cooked. Then flip each of the corn cakes and cook the other side until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Step 7: After frying, pat each hoe cake with a paper towel to absorb any excess frying oil or grease, if desired.

Step 8: Serve and enjoy your freshly make Southern Hoe Cakes.

RECIPE NOTES AND HELPFUL TIPS:

These are best served hot out of the pan when the edges are crispy. But you can keep them warm in a 375-degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

The batter is supposed to be thick, but if you prefer it a bit thinner add 1 tablespoon of water to thin it.

I love to use a cast-iron skillet for these but another heavy skillet or griddle will work just fine.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:

Yield: 4 | Estimate the nutritional information for each serving:

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 367mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FQAs):

1. What’s a Southern Hoe Cakes?

Southern Hoe Cakes are one of those dishes that many non-Southerners have never heard of. You may have heard their other name — johnnycakes. But some folks also use the term johnny cake to describe a regular flour pancake.

2. Are Southern Hoe Cakes supposed to be sweet? Where’s the sugar?

This Southern Hoe Cakes recipe is traditional and does not contain sugar. If you’re a Yank, or hail from certain parts of the South, you might be used to your cornbread tasting sweet.

If that’s your preference, and you want some sweetness in your hoe cakes, try honey, maple syrup or Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of sugar to the recipe.

3. What if I don’t have buttermilk?

You can use whole milk but I love the tanginess that buttermilk gives these Southern Hoe Cakes. You can make your own buttermilk with 1 cup of whole milk and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Let’s Make These Delicious Southern Hoe Cakes!

Southern Hoe Cakes

And there you have it – these easy, yummy are Southern Hoe Cakes ready to take their place on your table. If you decide to give it a shot, make sure to snap a photo and share it with us on Facebook and Pinterest.

Be sure to follow us for more yummy recipes in the future. Until next time, happy cooking!

Southern Hoe Cakes (AKA Fried Cornbread) Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Instructions

Step 1: Stir together the cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Step 2: In a separate large bowl, whisk the eggs and buttermilk together until fully combined.

Step 3: Stir the cornmeal mixture into the wet ingredients until smooth.

Step 4: Let the hoecake batter rest for about 10 minutes, to thicken.

Step 5: Add the vegetable oil to your skillet, and place on stovetop at medium high heat.

Step 6: Place large spoonfuls of the batter into the skillet. Fry the cakes until bubbles appear on the tops and their edges are cooked. Then flip each of the corn cakes and cook the other side until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Step 7: After frying, pat each hoe cake with a paper towel to absorb any excess frying oil or grease, if desired.

Step 8: Serve and enjoy your freshly make Southern Hoe Cakes.

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