Have you ever wondered what former First Lady and President Kennedy enjoyed eating? Besides the usual favorite of President Kennedy which was his recipe for Fish Chowder or Mrs Kennedy’s famous waffle recipe. the White House chef often made this delicious dessert composed of fruit – baked in the oven. I envision fruit best served as a cold and refreshing dessert but Mrs Kennedy often served this Hot Fruit Dessert to her guests and family.
Today in American History…Frances Cleveland was born on July 21, 1864 in Buffalo, New York. She was the wife of President Grover Cleveland and was the First Lady from 1886-1889 and again from 1893-1897. She became the First Lady at the young age of twenty-one and still remains the youngest First Lady in American History.
The Cleveland family enjoyed simple American food – nothing fancy for them! For desserts they enjoyed a plain frosted cake or their favorite cookie which was Snickerdoodles.
Today in American history…Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was first published on June 30, 1936. Gone with the Wind is one of the best-selling novels of all time and Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937 for her work.
Hoecakes are a traditional American dish and the recipe most likely originated from Native Americans.
Recipes have varied throughout the centuries but have remained basically the same with being a flat cake made of cornmeal mush – with later variations using flour.
George Washington entertained quite frequently at his Mount Vernon estate. Many of President and Mrs Washington’s guests noted hoecakes and honey being a popular breakfast staple with George Washington preferring his hoe cakes “swimming in butter and honey.”
Hoe Cakes Recipe
1 cup flour 1 cup cornmeal 2 eggs 2 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup water 1/3 cup melted butter 1 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (we used cinnamon) Butter or oil for frying
In a large bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg (or cinnamon) and salt.
Make a well in the center, and pour in milk, water, egg, vanilla and melted butter. Thoroughly mix until pancake mixture is smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled cast iron skillet or frying pan over medium high heat. Scoop about 2 tablespoons each of the batter onto the cast iron skillet or frying pan.
Fry each Hoe Cake until brown and crisp; turn with a spatula, and then brown the other side.
Remove and serve immediately with syrup and/or butter.