The Lazy Gourmet: Southern Fried Cornbread (hoe cake)- Ingredients: 2/3 cup cornmeal, 1/3 cup self rising flour, 2/3 cup low fat buttermilk, 1 large egg, oil for frying. (Note: Amount of liquid is incorrect on the website.)
Thought to be the precursors to today's pancakes, johnnycakes (also called hoecakes) are made with cornmeal. They date back to the early 1700s, when frontiersmen cooked the unleavened batter over an open flame on the base of a metal hoe. Unlike the originals, these johnnycakes include eggs and baking powder, which help yield a puffy cake. Serve with maple syrup.