HOECAKES This appears to be modified to a large degree due to more avalibility of ingredients. Some hoecake recipes are just 3 ingredients with water as one of them. This adaptation also made it possible for America and the world to enjoy a richer breakfast called pancakes. Thanks to our ancestors. Including surrounding Native Americans who showed us corn on the land. It is said these cakes were so named because they were cooked by slaves over open fires on the flat side of a ***. 5 tablespoons bacon drippings or vegetable shortening for frying 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups cornmeal 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg In a medium bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of drippings with remaining ingredieints. Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add remaining 4 tablespoons of the bacon drippings or shortening to the skillet. Drop round cakes of the cornmeal batter, appoximately 1 or 1 1/2 inches thick, into a skillet. Fry 1 or 2 minutes or until golden on each side. Drain on paper towl and serve hot. 8 to 12 servings. **Lastly you can add syrup to it. Molasses was used sometimes when available only if the slave master consider it. Apple sauce worked too. These days grocery supermarket pancake syrup. And for the health concious with a sweet tooth, honey.