1/3 to 1/2cupwhole milkfor the consistency you want the batter
1/4cupvegetable oil, bacon grease, or melted butter
oil for frying
Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons oil in a heavy nonstick griddle or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
Whisk dry ingredients together in one bowl. Whisk wet ingredients together in another bowl.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into the dry. Stir gently with a spoon or spatula to combine until ingredients are just moistened. Don’t overmix.
When the griddle is ready, pour 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle. Cook 1 to 3 minutes per side. (The Hoecake is ready to be turned over when it's dry around the edges and bubbles have formed over the top.)
Remove to a platter. You can keep them warm in a 300° oven while you finish cooking. Serve warm or hot.