Mix with cold water into a soft dough one quart of southern corn meal, sifted, a teaspoonful of salt, a tablespoonful of BUTTER or lard melted. Mold into oval CAKES with the hands and bake in a very hot oven, in well-greased pans. To be eaten hot. The crust should be brown.
The Whitehouse Cookbook, by Mrs. F.L. Gillette (Year 1887)