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The Krill Miracle™
Fried Southern Hoe Cakes plus Hot Water Cornbread
Best Years in Life) Fried cornbread, is also known as cornmeal hoe
cakes and corn cakes, and sometimes Johnnycakes, is a sort of fried cornmeal
flatbread - kind of like if you took cornbread batter and skillet fried it like
a pancake. The inside puffs up like cornbread, while the outside gets nice and
crispy from frying it in the oil. It's the perfect companion to a mess o'greens,
or for breakfast or as a sweet treat when drizzled with a bit of syrup.
(As always, The Best Years in Life recommends choosing organic content and fresh content as much as possible for the healthiest recipe. Also, wash all fruits and vegetables before cutting or adding to the recipe.)
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1. Line a rimmed
baking sheet with paper towels and place a
rack on top; set aside. In a medium bowl,
whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking
powder, salt and sugar. Measure out the
buttermilk in a liquid measuring cup, and
add to that the water and oil; blend well.
Add eggs and mix well; combine with dry
ingredients. Heat oil and butter in a cast
iron skillet over medium to medium high and
drop batter by about 1/8 cup measures into
the hot skillet to form small medallions.
Original hoe cakes recipe (as modified) source: http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2010/04/hoe-cakes.html
Hot Water Cornbread
water cornbread, which is somewhat similar
to hoe cakes, is a lifelong favorite of
mine. Whereas hoe cakes are fried cornbread
batter, hot water cornbread is made with
ONLY corn meal, a pinch of salt and boiling
The boiling water is added to the cornmeal which starts the cooking process of the meal. Once the boiling water is mixed in and the mixture is just cool enough to handle, but still very hot, it is hand-formed into a small pone in the palm of the hand, which gives it that classic oval shape it's known for. It's then usually fried in hot oil, though it can also be baked in the oven or placed on top of things like greens and steamed.
MY Method of Preparation:
When I make mine, I follow my grandmother and great aunt's examples and heat the oven to about 500 degrees and cook the hot water cornbread there after first frying it for awhile in a cast iron skillet.
Also, whereas most hot water cornbread is made with yellow corn meal, my auntie and granny made it with white cornmeal and more often than not that is what I use.
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