Mom's Skillet Cornbread Recipe: A Self-Respecting Southerner’s Proper Cornbread Recipe by Melissa Vickers
If my mom had a nickel for every pan of cornbread she ever made, she would have been one rich woman! I’m sure she made at least one per week for most of the 63 years she was married to my dad. He delighted in breaking off a “corner” (of a round bread!) as soon as it came out of the oven. Mom would roll her eyes, and then just smile. It was as much a gift of love as it was a tasty treat.
The one absolute rule she had for making cornbread though: No self-respecting southerner puts sugar in the cornbread! I’ve adopted that rule as well. I do like the taste of sweet things made from cornmeal, but those are corn CAKES, not corn BREAD. There’s nothing like a hot piece of cornbread slathered with butter, and it is my first choice for soup dipping.
I asked my mom for her cornbread recipe and she got this quizzical look on her face. Her hands knew the cornbread recipe by heart – how much of this, how much of that – but she needed no written recipe. She did come up with the following, and it pretty well matches my memory!
Cuisine: American (Southern)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 to 45 minutes
- 2 cups self-rising cornmeal (yellow or white)
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (My mom uses Crisco)
- 1 cup buttermilk (milk or soy milk are OK, too)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- NO SUGAR!!!!!!!
Here’s how to make it:
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. While oven is preheating, put shortening in cast iron skillet and place in oven to melt. This is an important step that gets the skillet hot to make a good crust.
- Mix cornmeal and flour together.
- Mix milk and eggs together. Add to the flour mixture.
- Once the shortening has melted, CAREFULLY pour the shortening into the bread mixture. Fold into the batter and stir so hot oil doesn’t fly everywhere. Do this as quickly as you can – you want to get the batter back into the skillet and into the oven while the pan is still good and hot. Add more milk if the mixture seems too thick. Pour into hot skillet.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or so until brown and crusty. Remove bread from skillet immediately and flip onto a dish. Cut a wedge, grab the butter and enjoy!
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