George Washington's Breakfast

Friday, February 1, 2013


Silas finished his DITHOR reading early last week. I chose for him to read George Washington's Breakfast to fill in the time until we start our next genre next week. We have enjoyed so many of Jean Fritz's books. This one is about a little boy who is dying to know what George Washington ate for breakfast. He pesters everyone he knows, and reads every book until he discovers the answer. Apparently George Washington ate Indian Hoecakes for breakfast along with 3 cups of tea. Hoecakes have several different variations. I think they were originally very simple, and made only from cornmeal, water and salt. Another name for them is Indian fry bread (I think anyway.) The pioneers changed the recipe a bit, and baked basically the same ingredients into cakes. We will be making Johnny cake muffins next week for HOD.

A hoecake is basically a cornmeal biscuit fried in butter, and this here is a biscuit loving family! Here they are when I put them on the cast iron skillet.

I smashed them a bit with my spatula when I turned them over. They were served with butter and jam or some other kind of syrupy goodness.

 These pictures express why I love my kids so much. They are so fun to cook for. They love it when I cook for them. The kids drizzled their hoecakes with honey, and I topped mine with sorghum (because that seemed more like a colonial choice to me.) Little things like this make homeschooling so much fun. While the "thank yous" are few and far between, the appreciation happens spontaneously sometimes. You gotta love that!

I found several recipes for hoecakes. One called for a Jiffy corn muffin mix. Aedan insisted that real hoecakes wouldn't have been made from a mix. You're right young man! Anyway, I found this one. I didn't have corn, but did have most of the other ingredients.

Indian Hoecakes

1 cup self rising flour
1 cup of cornmeal
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. of sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 can of corn kernels, pureed and strained
1/4 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter

Combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix all wet ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and mix. Over medium heat, cook the hoecakes on both sides. A cast iron skillet is best. Enjoy!

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