This is an old southern recipe my daddy use to make when we were kids. It's one big biscuit baked in an iron skillet. We would have this on a Saturday or Sunday morning, when daddy was off, served with syrup and butter. I remember we would mash up cold butter in the syrup and sop up the syrup with our slice of the hot Hoe Cake. We used pure maple syrup because that's what Daddy loved. This was a big treat for us four kids back then. I think it was a big treat for Daddy as well. Didn't take much to make us happy back in the day.
Melt butter in the bottom of 10-inch iron skillet while oven is preheating. Be careful not to burn your butter.
Mix flour, buttermilk, ½ cup softened butter and baking soda together. Spoon batter into hot skillet. This batter will be thick like a drop biscuit batter. Smooth out the best you can but don't worry about it not being smooth. Brush melted butter on top of hoe cake.
Bake for 20 minutes or until top of hoe cake is golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve with syrup and butter.