Here's my go to cast iron corn bread recipe for most weekends at the house. Cornbread goes with so many of the dishes we make, I have the ingredients in my head.
Melt fat, mix dry, add wet, pour into pan.
I love cornbread. I'm not sure when the first time I ever had cornbread was, but I'm pretty sure it was probably at the Friday night fish fry when we lived in Wisconsin.
We would go to Etzel's Country Inn and sit in what looked like someone's basement recreation room. There was a bar next-door, and we would have fried perch, french fries, and corn bread. All this and a polka band playing with accordion music.
And it was that his fish fry that the epiphany that I want to learn how to play the accordion. We see how well that turned out.
But what I love about this cast iron cornbread recipe is it's easy super simple. You literally throw the oil in the pan, put the pan in the oven to heat up. You mix the dry ingredients dump, the wet ingredients and mix it all together. Pour in a hot pan, if it sizzles be careful. I've never had it spit at me but you got to becareful these days or else someone's gonna get mad at you you know.
Drop it in your oven half an hour later, boom: delicious cornbread.
In this recipe I use a bacon drippings. You don't have to do that if you don't want to, it does give it a neat taste, but you could also use butter or you could use a vegetable oil. Really what ever makes you happy go do it. Okay?
Full disclosure: I am a northerner and I like cornbread that's a little sweeter maybe than my southern friends. I know I like it sweeter than my southern friends because when I serve them cornbread there's always a raised eyebrow that I got from them.
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Eric's Cast Iron Cornbread Recipe
4 tablespoons of bacon drippings, veg oil, or butter
1 ½ cup cornmeal, medium or coarse ground
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup sugar, less if you like.
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
You can also use a glass or metal pan for this. I would opt for the glass pan if i didn't have any cast iron.
Fire up the oven to 375 with the cast iron pan in it.
After assembling your ingredients, pull out the pan.
Drop the oil into the cast iron pan, and put back into the oven.
Mix together the dry ingredients using a fork or similar tool.
Add the two eggs into the milk and scramble them. Don't over-scramble, K?
When the cast iron pan has melted the oil, pull it out, and place on a rack, as it will be hot.
Pour the batter into the pan. The oil will puddle up, that's ok.
Bake for 30 minutes, test with a clean knife for done-ness.
There has never been any other way to bake cornbread. A cast iron skillet is the only way. If you use anything else, you can't call it cornbread. You also can't call it cornbread if you put wheat flour in it. And you definitely can't call it cornbread if you put sugar in it.
It's not a cake, my friend.
But since you're a Yankee who doesn't know any better, I'll forgive you.
In your favor, I will give you a few points for using bacon grease.
P.S. At least I'm being nice about your messing with a regional dish. Take a look at what the Minnesotans are saying about The New York Times over that pitiful grape "salad." Who knew Midwesterners could out-mean New Yorkers?!
Love your shows and all your How-To-Fix or make things. Keep up the great How To.
Eric Gunnar Rochow
thanks Bill, appreciate the note here! eric.
I tried the cornbread, it didn't rise and the grease didn't seem it go away or absorb.
What size of skillet are you using, I'm using 10".
Don't listen to the southerners I've had their cornbread and it isn't all that.(:)
Eric Gunnar Rochow
Hi Tony, i am using an 8" pan, not sure why it didn't work out for you. Is your baking powder fresh? if its older than 3 months, might want to get some fresh. thx! eric.
Y'all have to try our recipe , same ass yours , just add a can of cream corn and a little less milk , maybe a like more sugar . From n.o. Firehouse,engine31