Cornbread (from scratch)

I’m spoiled and I admit it…..spoiled to having grown up on a farm and knowing the true goodness in home grown, home ground cornmeal. Cornbread made from cornmeal on the farm is my absolute favorite.   I can make a meal on cornbread and milk.  My Daddy still grinds cornmeal with his Grist Mill (made between 1914-1924) like my ancestors did and sells it at the local markets.

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If I have to buy cornmeal, Martha White’s Self Rising is my favorite but I prefer Dad’s any day!  Preheat the oven to 350°.  While the oven is heating, I place my cornbread pan with a little bit of oil in the oven.  This “cornbread” pan is a cast iron pan that I use for nothing other than cornbread.

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Getting that pan hot plays a key in the outside of the cornbread having that crunch to it.  Your cornmeal mixture will literally sizzle when you pour it in the pan.

  • 1 1/2 cup Cornmeal
  • 2 T Self Rising Flour
  • 1 t Baking Powder
  • 1/2 t Salt
  • 3 T Oil
  • 1 cup Milk  (if you keep buttermilk on hand, use 1/2 c milk, 1/2 c buttermilk)

Mix together all the ingredients.  If you ask my father how to make it the right consistency he will tell you that you add the milk a little at a time and mix it until it “plops”.  His original recipe didn’t have a measurement for milk.

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See how it sizzle a little bit around the edges. Place in the center of the oven and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

Enjoy!

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