These little cakes, according to some sources, got their name because slaves used to cook them in the fields on a garden hoe. They would carry the ingredients with them and make hoecakes for their lunch. I have always called this fried cornbread and my family loves it.1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal 2/3 cups buttermilk or can use regular milk, too 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup oil (I use canola oil) Mix meal, milk, egg and salt together. Drop by spoonful into hot oil. Brown on one side then turn and fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve with butter. Some people eat these like pancakes with syrup. They are good with any meal and great with collard greens! Enjoy! Click to follow The Southern Lady Cooks on Facebook.