Hoe cakes are the perfect option if you’re running low on dry ingredients and other materials. Also known as Johnny cakes, they provide people with ample nutrition. They grew in popularity during the first civil war, since they’re simple and easy to cook. Here’s how you make them!
Hoe Cakes: Bill’s Recipe
In this article:
- Things to Prepare
- 1. Mix Hard Bread with Grease
- 2. Add Corn Meal
- 3. Mix Ingredients
- 4. Add Water
- 5. Continue Mixing
- 6. Add Some Sugar
- 7. Mix Well
- 8. Compress the Dough
- 9. Add Water and Corn Meal
- 10. Shape the Hoe Cakes
- 11. Place the Hoe Cakes on the Shovel/Skillet
- 12. Cook the Cakes
- 13. Cook Both Sides of the Cakes
- 14. Remove the Hoe Cakes from the Shovel
- 15. Enjoy!
Things to Prepare
Hoe cakes make for great survival food, since their ingredients are easy to find. And, you don’t need complicated baking tools. All you need is a fire, a spatula, a skillet or shovel, and your two good hands.
- Corn meal
- Crushed hard bread
- Pork or bacon grease or egg, for the batter’s consistency
- A clean field hoe, shovel, or cooking pan
- A small fire
- Webb Garrison
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson
- Edition no. 0 (10/25/2000)
1. Mix Hard Bread with Grease
First, mix the crumbs of your hard bread with grease to make your batter. This’ll be the foundation of your hoe cakes.
2. Add Corn Meal
Corn meal is one of the most important parts of hoe cakes. This gives your cakes taste and nutritional value. So, make sure to include this ingredient.
3. Mix Ingredients
Use your spatula to stir your batter until the corn meal, hard bread, and grease mix well.
4. Add Water
Prepare a 1/3 cup of water, and pour it into your batter. If you feel that’s too dry, add a few tablespoons more.
5. Continue Mixing
After adding the water, continue mixing your ingredients together.
6. Add Some Sugar
Just because you’re on survival-mode, it doesn’t mean your hoe cakes have to taste terrible. Add a few pinches of sugar to make your cakes sweeter and easier to eat. And, if you want some more flavor, add a few sprinkles of salt too.
7. Mix Well
After adding the sugar, mix the batter until you get the right consistency. It should be firm and thick, but not too firm.
8. Compress the Dough
Take clumps of batter into your hands, and squeeze. This’ll help improve the consistency of your hoe cakes some more.
9. Add Water and Corn Meal
After compressing, add some more water and corn meal into your mixture.
10. Shape the Hoe Cakes
Here, you have to use your hands again, so don’t be afraid to get dirty. Shape your cakes into small circles that’ll be easy to cook.
11. Place the Hoe Cakes on the Shovel/Skillet
Once you’ve shaped your cakes, put them on a shovel to get them ready for cooking. If you prefer, you can also use a skillet or frying pan for this part. Pre-heat the pan over a small fire or bed of coals. You’ll know it’s ready if you sprinkle some water over it, and it sizzles. Also, you can add some vegetable oil or butter to make sure the hoe cakes don’t stick.
12. Cook the Cakes
After you’ve prepared your shovel or skillet, put your hoe cakes on its hot surface. Then, wait for them to cook. Also, if you’re a little more high-tech and own a griddle, you can use that! A gas or electric-powered griddle will cook your cakes just as well as the old-fashioned way.
13. Cook Both Sides of the Cakes
It’ll take a few minutes for your hoe cakes to heat up and cook. So, always check their undersides to see if they’ve become golden brown and crispy. Once the first side is ready, flip your cakes to heat the other side.
14. Remove the Hoe Cakes from the Shovel
Once both sides of your hoe cakes are golden brown, you’re done. Prepare to eat!
- HENRY HOLT
- David Fisher
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Enjoy your hoe cakes, once you’ve finished cooking. If you’re still feeling hungry, you can try cooking these other civil war survival meals!
Still craving for hoe cakes? Then watch the video below!
Hoe cakes, they’re one of the oldest and best pancakes for survival. Though there are plenty of tasty ready-to-eat meals, it’s still more fulfilling when you use a recipe and cook from scratch. So, get your corn meal ready, and start cooking!
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in January 2018, and has since been updated for urgency and relevance.
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