What are "whole cakes"? ?

I was watching True Blood (a vampire show set in New Orleans) and Tara, one of the main characters, was eating what appeared to be pancakes except she didn't put syrup on them and she, her friend and her Mother referred to them as "whole cakes".

At one point Tara exclaims, "MMM, you cooked these whole cakes in bacon grease!" and starts eating even more rapidly. Her mom grins and goes, "Yup! That's the only way to make 'em".

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    Hoe cakes are a traditional Southern cornmeal pancake that are supposed to have been so-named because they were originally cooked on the blade of a hoe over an open fire. Though many modern Southern cooks add wheat flour and sugar to the batter, I think either one in cornbread is an aberration. Hoe cakes are the perfect accompaniment for just about any family meal and needn't be limited to the Southern recipes in this book. They're great with an Italian or French sauté.

    Makes about 12 cakes

    •2 cups fine stone-ground cornmeal

    •2 teaspoons baking powder, preferably single-acting

    •1 teaspoon salt

    •2 large eggs, lightly beaten

    •2 cups whole milk, buttermilk, or yogurt

    •Oil, melted butter, or lard, for the griddle

    One: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 150°F. Mix together the meal, baking powder, and sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and milk or yogurt and beat until they are smooth. Stir this quickly into the dry ingredients, using as few strokes as possible.

    Two: Heat a griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. When it is hot, brush it lightly with the fat. Using a large, pointed kitchen spoon, take up about 2 tablespoons of the batter and pour it onto the griddle from the pointed end of the spoon (this helps insure that a round cake will form). Repeat until the griddle is full, but not crowded.

    Three: Cook the cakes until the bottoms are nicely browned and air holes form in the tops, about 4 minutes. Turn, and cook until the second side is browned, about 3 to 4 minutes longer.

    Four: Transfer them to the warm oven and repeat with the remaining batter until all the cakes are cooked. Serve hot, with or without additional butter.

    Source(s): http://www.gardenguides.com/how-to/recipes/breads/... Excerpted from Fried Chicken by Damon Lee Fowler Copyright© 1999 by Damon Lee Fowler.
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  • 3 years ago

    Whole Cakes

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think they were saying "Hoe Cakes" they are like corn bread.. but in pancake form

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  • 1 decade ago

    it is probably 'hoe' cakes. these were named as originally they were cooked on the hoe over an open fire. the hoe would act as a type of griddle upon which the 'hoe' cakes would be cooked in bacon fat. x

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  • 1 decade ago

    Bannock, frybread, manna, flatcakes, unleavened bread. A basic flour-and-water dough with no yeast or other leavening agent, fried or baked. Pancakes are a somewhat-related cousin.

    Source(s): 2 cups flour, 2 pinches each salt and sugar, add water until doughy. Fry in oil. For extra goodness, add raisins or berries to the dough, and serve slathered with butter.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    they where hoe cakes.

    but if you like the show have you read the books that the show was based on? they are great.

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