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Hoe Cake

Rated as 4.73 out of 5 Stars

"Hoe cake is a Southern bread that is cooked in an iron skillet, like cornbread. This recipe stems back to my great-great grandmother. My father has made this recipe for years, and it is always requested from his grandchildren. A slice of hoe cake will warm your insides -- slathered with some homemade apple butter alongside of some butter beans, freshly sliced tomatoes and a good tall glass of sweet tea. I promise your family will love this truly Southern recipe!"
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30 m servings 147
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 cake)


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease a well-seasoned cast iron skillet with the shortening, and place it in the oven as it heats.
  2. Whisk together the flour and milk in a bowl, to make a thick but still runny batter.
  3. Remove the hot greased skillet from the preheated oven, and quickly sprinkle a pinch of garlic salt over the bottom of the skillet. Immediately pour in the batter, and sprinkle the top with a pinch of garlic salt.
  4. Return the skillet to the oven, and bake in the preheated oven until the cake has risen and the top is golden brown, about 20 minutes.


  • Cook's Note
  • You can substitute bacon grease or canola oil for the shortening.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 147 calories; 3.3 24.6 4.1 2 492 Full nutrition

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I registered just so i could comment this recipes name. I grew up on "Hoe cake".We used bisquick mixed with water until the consistency is like a thick pancake.Put it in a hot oiled cast iron sk...

I found this recipe and tried it one night when I was in a hurry. Fantastic! I didn't change a thing, and we all loved it...definitely a keeper, both because its yummy, but also it is fast and v...

This is something I have never tried before. This recipe tastes like a flatbread, but a little more dense. I think it would be good dipped in marinara. Sorry, I'm not southern! It cooked for ...

This was so delicious! I am a yankee who married a southern man and had my first "hoe-cake" last night when I went out to eat with my in-laws and husband and son. My husband begged for me to t...

Im glad i found it. My dad use to make this when i was a kid. I loved it i dont think it had the garlic salt because we ate it with jelly. great snack. :) Thanks for posting it.

My Great Grandma used to make these for me every time she made biscuits. One of my favorite memories! But no garlic salt. Not good with jelly. lol

Tastes good but has several problems that can be easily fixed. The recipe doesn't say what size pan to use but I found out the a 10 inch one worked wonderful. One cup of milk in the batter is WA...

When I don't want to heat the house by turning on the oven I leave out the garlic salt and use either butter or bacon grease and pan fry the bread into what looks like hoe cake pancakes My 2 1/...

This is a great tasting recipe! I have a 9 inch pan and it rises during baking 3/4's to the pan top so it is not a thin bread as depicted in the picture though it is still good! I would love t...