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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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • Whisk together the flour and milk in a bowl, to make a thick but still runny batter.

  • 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.

  • 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

147 calories; 3.3 g total fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 492 mg sodium. 24.6 g carbohydrates; 4.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2009
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 skillet cooked both sides and served with butter and syrup like a thick pancake. This has been a hit with everyone I have ever made it for.I saw your name and just laughed it brought back so many memories."Hoe Cake"..haha Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2009
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 skillet cooked both sides and served with butter and syrup like a thick pancake. This has been a hit with everyone I have ever made it for.I saw your name and just laughed it brought back so many memories."Hoe Cake"..haha Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2009
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 skillet cooked both sides and served with butter and syrup like a thick pancake. This has been a hit with everyone I have ever made it for.I saw your name and just laughed it brought back so many memories."Hoe Cake"..haha Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2009
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 very easy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2011
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 a little over 20 minutes and I had to add extra milk because the batter was too thick. I used the bacon grease instead of shortening. Quick and Easy bread to serve as a side. Would probably work well cooking over a fire for a campout. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2011
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 try to make it today. This recipe was WAY better than what we ate last night! Amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2015
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 Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2015
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 WAY to little to make a thick but still runny batter. I had to add at least 1/2 cup extra if not more. Finally if your going to serve this with apple butter or any kind of fruit topping for that matter don't use the garlic salt I'm sure you can understand why. The end product I think is worth doing the extra problem solving because it's actually a surprisingly good bread considering it's simplicity. It's a really crust bread that I feel when sliced thin can be enjoyed with many soups. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/09/2013
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 to know if everyone else has made their's thinner. It is a great snack! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2017
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 1/2 year old doesn't talk much or eat much but he makes it very clear when he wants mommies special bread. This was so good. Read More
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