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hoe +‎ cake, since it was often cooked on a hoe (a type of pan, not the gardening implement).


hoecake (plural hoecakes)

  1. (dated, Southern US) A type of cornbread or cornmeal cake, made with water and salt. It was originally baked before the fire or in the ashes on a type of iron pan called a hoe; in modern times, 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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