a thin bread made of cornmeal, orig. baked on a hoe at the fire
nounChiefly Southern US
Origin of hoecakePossibly because it was sometimes baked on the blade of a hoe.
- (dated, Southern US) 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.
- In Jean Fritz's children's book George Washington's Breakfast the protagonist finds out that George Washington may have eaten hoecakes for breakfast.
So called because the cake was often cooked on a hoe.