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Gluten-Free Hoecakes

Gluten-Free Hoecakes

Gluten-Free Hoecakes----

Hoecakes are a traditional southern dish--- cornbread made from the simplest of ingredients, batter fried golden brown.  Popular traditional stories claim the hoecake received its name from slaves cooking this simple fare on a field hoe. No matter where this primitive cornbread received its odd name, the fact remains, this is a sturdy, regional delicacy. It is often slathered in butter, molasses, or honey. 

Let's make some hoecakes!


  • 3 cups gluten-free cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shorting
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water


  • In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups water to boil.

  •  In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients.


  • Add vegetable shorting, then pour boiling water over the mixture.

  •  Mix thoroughly until a thick paste.

  •  Heat a large nonstick pan over medium to high heat, add vegetable oil.  Using a small ladle or tablespoon to make 2 inch patties, spoon batter into pan.

  •  Cook as hotcakes until golden brown and the edges begin to crisp a little, about a minute. Flip over and cook on the other side until the cakes have firmed and are a golden brown. Place on a plate with a paper towel to drain the oil. Repeat in small batches until batter is gone.


We have gluten-free hoecakes. Serve hot with butter and molasses. * We like Karo Syrup on ours.








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