hoecake

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So called because the cake was often cooked on a hoe.

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hoecake (plural hoecakes)

  1. (dated, Southern US) A type of cornbread or cornmeal cake, made of water and salt. It was originally baked before the fire or in the ashes on a type of iron pan called a hoe (not a gardening hoe!) now it is fried in cooking oil in a skillet.
    • In Jean Fritz's children's book George Washington's Breakfast the protagonist finds out that George Washington may have eaten hoecakes for breakfast.

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