Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Old-fashioned. Homey. Buttery. Crumbly. No matter how you want to describe it, cornbread is good stuff. My mother's family were country folks, old-fashioned. They ate a lot of corn bread.

There is a lot of controversy, still to this day, about how cornbread should be made. White versus yellow cornmeal. Buttermilk versus sweet milk. Sugar versus no sugar. Fried versus baked. I have eaten it several different ways, I like mine cooked in a cast iron skillet in the oven, yellow cornmeal, buttermilk and, depending on what I am eating it with, sweet or not. With beans, I prefer not sweet. With anything else, I like it a little sweet. Of course, you should always have it slathered (while still hot) with real butter and drizzled with honey.

The one way I DO NOT like cornbread is crumbled in a glass of milk. Might as well eat wet sand. Ick!

A lot of folks will put their cornbread in their bowl and then spoon their beans on top. Not me! I want them separate, thank you!

We had cornbread last night, crusty and hot, dripping with melted butter and drizzled with honey. I am sure that there will be cornbread served just this way at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Makes about 12 servings (yeah, right!)

2 cups cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Mix together dry ingredients. Add milk, eggs, and oil. Mix well. Turn into well-greased 10-inch cast iron skillet (or 13 x 9 pan). Bake at 425 degrees F for 35 minutes. We usually add a little sugar, 2 Tablespoons or so.

We buy our cornmeal from the Amish and Mennonite folks, they sell coarse-ground and fine. We buy a bag of each and mix it.


And photobucket is being unmanageable this morning, sorry!


nicisme said...

Great idea to mix the coarse and fine cornmeal together! Looks good!

Marie said...

Cornbread and beans . . . a heavenly combo if you ask me!

Angela said...

That's something I have never tried, it looks good.

Jan said...

I've never had corn bread - I will add it to my LONG list of must makes!

Sue said...

I've never eaten corn bread either, even though I live in the USA and have seen it many times. Perhaps I will have to give it a try.

Angie said...

Here's another who has never eaten cornbread! It looks good though, It looks as if it has quite a 'cale' texture, does it?
love, Angie, xx

Angie said...

Sorry, I meant "cake texture", not cale!
A, xx