We have a great book called The Little House Cookbook that we opened up to find a cornbread recipe. Our history book last week was George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz and the whole story was centered around a little boy trying to find out was Washington would typically have for breakfast. We learned at the end that he would eat “Hoe Cakes” for breakfast which were very similar to the “Cornbread” recipe in our Little House Cookbook. We decided it would be fun to try to taste some of these corn cakes for ourselves.
First we went to the store and bought the ingredients. We bought stoneground cornmeal, molasses, and bratwursts.
Then Bud changed into his period attire and measured and mixed the batter. I fried the corn cakes on the stove and we all enjoyed them with molasses and butter.
They would often cook on a woodstove or an open fire back in olden times, but I didn’t want to do that with our corncakes. I still wanted them to experience the campfire feel, so I had bud collect firewood from around the yard and we lit a fire in our chiminea.
We cooked bratwursts on the fire and had sausages, apples, and corn cakes for lunch. Peanut said it felt like we were “camping”. There were lots of smiles as we sat around and watched the fire roast our brats.