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How To Make Cornbread

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Though there are many variations, this is how to make basic Southern cornbread.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place 4 tablespoons of shortening in a cast iron skillet (or 9-inch square baking pan), and place the skillet in the oven to heat.
  3. In a large bowl, beat 1 egg with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
  4. Add 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk.
  5. Stir in 2 cups of self-rising cornmeal mix.
  6. Stir in about 2 tablespoons of the hot, melted shortening.
  7. The batter should be creamy and pourable. If too thick, more buttermilk or a little water may be added.
  8. Pour batter into the hot skillet.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Tips:

  1. If you can't find self-rising cornmeal mix, use regular cornmeal with 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt per cup.
  2. For a lighter cornbread, replace 1/2 cup of the meal with 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour.
  3. Add a teaspoon or two of bacon grease to the shortening for flavor.

What You Need

  • heavy skillet
  • 4 tbsp shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

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