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Southern Cornmeal Hoe Cakes
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5 from 2 votes

Southern Hoe Cakes

Southern Hoe Cakes are little cornmeal pancakes that are wonderfully crispy around the edges. Serve them warm and top them with butter for a delicious southern breakfast or treat any time of day.

Course Breads, Breakfast
Cuisine Southern
Keyword johnny cakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 448kcal


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal mix
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings
  • butter


  • Combine flour, cornmeal mix, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Measure buttermilk in a glass measuring cup. Add eggs to measuring cup and whisk egg and buttermilk together. Pour into bowl with flour mixture.
  • Pour water and vegetable oil into bowl and mix everything together.
  • Heat a cast iron pan or nonstick skillet or griddle. Add bacon grease.
  • Pour batter into pan to form hoe cakes, using about 2 tablespoons of batter for each one. I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and fill it about half way.
  • Cook until bubbles form on top, flip over and cook until bottom is golden.
  • Serve with butter.


I like to fry my hoe cakes in bacon grease, but it is more typical to fry them in vegetable oil. You can do it either way.


Calories: 448kcal