Southern Cornbread Recipe

By thomas - 03:27:00

2 cups cornmeal OR 1 1/2 cups cornmeal and 1/2 cup flour(yellow or white cornmeal)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tbsp sugar (optional)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 egg (optional)
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbsp bacon drippings (if you don't have bacon drippings you can use vegetable oil or crisco)

1 Put the bacon fat in a 9 or 10-inch cast iron skillet and put the skillet into the oven. Then preheat the oven to 400° with the skillet inside. (If you don't have an iron skillet, you can use an uncovered Dutch oven or a metal cake pan.)

2 Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg and buttermilk until combined, then mix that into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir in the melted butter.

3 When the oven is hot, take out the skillet (carefully, as the handle will be hot!). Add the cornbread batter and make sure it is evenly distributed in the skillet. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are beginning to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.

4 Let the bread rest for 10-30 minutes in the skillet before cutting it into wedges and serving. (Back in the day they didn't cut up the cornbread they placed the bread on a plate and everyone helped themselves by tearing off a piece.)

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