If I recall, hushpuppies were made specifically for quieting whiney dogs. The cook would be using a baking powder, or batter made with white flour, maybe some cornmeal, egg, and a chemical leavening agent such as either baking powder, or baking soda with buttermilk or other acidic ingredient. When the food was batterd and cooked, the left over batter was combined with extra flour to thicken, and then deep fried. This was often given to the household pet to quiet it while everyone was eating.
But the hushpuppies were actually a form of cake doughnut and tasted pretty good, and so generated a demand.
I agree with Rainee. If hushpuppies were made from a yeast-risen pastry dough, they would be yeast-raised doughnuts. They would still taste great and destroy your health, just like any good doughnut.
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