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Mundame

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We were talking about Iron Spiders on another thread, which Google said are no longer being made, and indeed Amazon doesn't have any, but as Google also had several pictures of cast iron skillets with tripod legs, it seems pretty obvious camping equipment to me.

But the discussion reminded me of corn pones, which is an old-timey bread from Tennessee and no doubt elsewhere made from only three ingredients: corn meal, and it doesn't have to be real refined, either, water, and salt. That's it, make a stiff dough and make patties in your hands, that's the important bit because corn pones have the fingermarks from molding the dough into patties. Then you bake them some way or another -- my mother put them actually in the ashes -- I remember -- just to show us how people used to live, but now that I'm one of those kind of people, I doubt it. I expect we'd bake them on a hoe, a shovel, anything metal anyone had, in a fire. Though I admit we ate the corn pone from the ashes at the time: you can dust them off. (Gotta be a better way than that.) I'll tell you what, if you have butter? They are REAL good. Otherwise, probably just nutritious, but with butter running along the fingermarks, wow. Wonderful.
 

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Seems like I just saw those iron spiders at M&D which is an Ace Hardware store. You may be able to still buy even if they aren't being made.

On talking about corn pones. . . drizzled with a little honey. Yum! My hunny likes sweet corn bread.;)

I've never eaten 'ash cakes', which is what I've heard them called, only heard about them.
 

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We were talking about Iron Spiders on another thread, which Google said are no longer being made, and indeed Amazon doesn't have any, but as Google also had several pictures of cast iron skillets with tripod legs, it seems pretty obvious camping equipment to me.

But the discussion reminded me of corn pones, which is an old-timey bread from Tennessee and no doubt elsewhere made from only three ingredients: corn meal, and it doesn't have to be real refined, either, water, and salt. That's it, make a stiff dough and make patties in your hands, that's the important bit because corn pones have the fingermarks from molding the dough into patties. Then you bake them some way or another -- my mother put them actually in the ashes -- I remember -- just to show us how people used to live, but now that I'm one of those kind of people, I doubt it. I expect we'd bake them on a hoe, a shovel, anything metal anyone had, in a fire. Though I admit we ate the corn pone from the ashes at the time: you can dust them off. (Gotta be a better way than that.) I'll tell you what, if you have butter? They are REAL good. Otherwise, probably just nutritious, but with butter running along the fingermarks, wow. Wonderful.
Then you would call them ' hoe cakes'! ;)
 

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The ash seems a little hard to get used to. I am glad to learn that ground corn, water and salt can make something good. Never heard of it before, and it will get filed away with all the other tie bits of prepper knowledge in case it’s ever needed.
Journey cakes - these are made with meal we grind from whole corn..
 

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