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Fried Hot Water Cornbread

User Rating 3 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


This hot water cornbread is shaped into cakes and fried in hot fat in a skillet. Hot water cornbread recipe, or corn cakes.


  • 2 cups coarsely ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon bacon drippings
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • boiling water
  • shortening or drippings


Mix cornmeal, salt, bacon drippings, sugar, and just enough boiling water to make a stiff batter that can be shaped. Pat dough into thin cakes. Heat shortening in a heavy skillet. Brown cakes in hot fat on both sides.
Makes about 8 hot water cornbread portions, or fried corn cakes.


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 5 out of 5
need a few more details..., Member langleycm

Ive look3e for a good hot water cornbread recipe for many years. I lived with a dear woman who didnt care to share her recipies, but made AMAZING hot water cornbread! When Id ask how to make it, she would simply reply...""well, hunny, it just takes hot water!"" She didnt include me in her batter recipe, but she did allow me to prepare them. So, here are a few pointers.... 1. make sure the skillet is hot before adding the hot water to the mixture. (grease should be a similar heat as if you were frying pancakes.) 2. make the patties as soon as you can stand to handle the heat. 3. dip each patty in dry cornmeal before frying. 4. grease should be only be deep enuf to fry one side at a time (need to flip these patties)...basically cook them as you would pancakes. 5. they should be golden brown on the outside and the consistency of pancakes on the inside. This is NOT cornbread, it will be more moist and ""packy"" on the inside than traditional cornbread Hope this helps!

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