How to Make Civil War Hoe Cakes


If you ever needed food in a pinch, hoe cakes are the perfect option. Popular during the civil war, these cakes provide enough nutrition to sustain life. Here is how you make them.

Bill's Hoe Cake Recipe

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You will need:

  • cornmeal
  • water
  • sugar
  • crushed hard bread
  • bacon/pork grease or egg, if available, to keep the dough together
  • field hoe/shovel (washed and cleaned of course) or any cooking pan
  • spatula
  • a small fire
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1. Mix the hard bread with the grease.

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2. Add cornmeal.

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3. Combine the ingredients until you get a thick paste.

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4. Add a little water.

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5. Continue mixing.

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6. Add some sugar to improve the taste.

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7. Mix well.

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8. Take a handful and compress the dough.

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9. Put more water and cornmeal until the right consistency is achieved.

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10. Once more, use your hand to shape the cake.

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11. Take the hoe and place the cakes on it.

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12. Let the cakes cook over the coals.

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If using a shovel to cook is too much for you, then a good pan will do.

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13. Turn the cake over when one side is done.

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14. Remove the cakes from the shovel.

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15. Time to eat. You can add more sugar to make the cakes more delicious.

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