n. (context dated Southern US English) A type of cornbread or cornmeal cake, made of water and salt. It was originally baked before the fire or in the ashes on a type of iron pan called a hoe (not a gardening hoe!) now it is fried in cooking oil in a skillet.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Hoecake \Hoe"cake`\, n. A cake of Indian meal, water, and salt, baked before the fire or in the ashes; -- so called because often cooked on a hoe.
n. thin usually unleavened johnnycake made of cornmeal; originally baked on the blade of a hoe over an open fire (Southern)
Usage examples of "hoecake".
We cooked the bacon at a small rock fireplace in one corner of the shack, then we fried some hoecake bread in the grease, and finally made some coffee.
He finished his last hoecake, wiped his hands on his pants, went out behind a tree himself, then walked back into the schoolroom and resumed lessons.
He only stopped to eat the hoecake Mama brought him for his midday meal.
Jesus stories, you know, about feeding all them people with a couple fish and a piece or two of some kind of hoecake and such things as that.
Oh, we had big chunk of lightwood en cook meat en hoecake en collards right dere in de woods.
Yes, mam, de spider got three legs dat it sets on en de griddle, dat what I makes dese little thin kind of hoecake on.
Oh, dey would mix up a batter just like dey was gwine make a hoecake en wrap it all up in oak leaves or a piece of dis here heavy brown paper en lay it in de hot ashes.
Den yuh rake uh heap uv ash togedder en lay yuh hoecake on dat en kiver it up wid some more ash.
He stood up, picked up three soggy hoecakes, dropped them into a ragged pocket, and nodded his head.
He sat on the back steps of the Hale house, lazily picking his guitar, and when the supper was ready, he pushed the children of the household out of the way and served himself a big meal, although there had been barely enough hoecakes and white meat to go round.
Kitty forced herself to eat the hoecakes, slathered in molasses and fresh-churned butter, but the slab of fried ham was too greasy for her still weak stomach.
Lizzie was single-mindedly devouring her second plate of hoecakes, accompanied by grilled sausages.
Over behind the barns there was always another barbecue pit, where the house servants and the coachmen and maids of the guests had their own feast of hoecakes and yams and chitterlings, that dish of hog entrails so dear to negro hearts, and, in season, watermelons enough to satiate.
The only good thing I remember about Burgaw is possum pie with hoecakes spread around her just as pretty as you could want.
All of the volunteers were up before dawn, ate a breakfast of hoecakes, and were on the road by first light.