Cracklin Corn Bread
2 cups cornmeal 1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp salt 1 cup cracklins
1 tsp soda lukewarm water (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
Mix together the cornmeal, salt, soda, baking powder and buttermilk.
Mix cracklins into the mixture. If it is too dry, use some
lukewarm water to make it the right consistency for corn bread.
Pour into a greased pan or skillet and bake in a 450 degree oven for
1/2 hour, or until brown.
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Common Hoe Cake (or Ashcake)
1 cup white cornmeal boiling water
1/2 tsp salt
Mix cornmeal and salt in a bowl. Gradually stir in enough boiling
water to make a stiff dough. Mix thoroughly. Cover and set dough
in a cool place for several hours. Bake hoecakes by one of the
1. Heat a griddle hung on crane over flames. Grease lightly
with melted lard. Shape dough by hand into flat cakes 1/2" thick
and about as round as a small saucer. Lay as many cakes as will
fit on hot griddle and bake turning, until browned on both
sides. Brush griddle with melted lard between each baking.
2. Form into cakes as above. Sweep ashes from hearth in
front of fire and spread out the cakes. Let them dry a few minutes,
then cover with hot ashes and bake about 15 minutes or until firm.
Brush off ashes, using a little water to clean them before
serving. Hoecakes may be covered with oak leaves before
covering with ashes, if desired.
3. Put the prepared cakes on a heated hoe or heavy board
propped up in from of the fire. Brown on one side, then turn and brown
on the other.
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