Oh I do love cornbread. I have tried hard to figure out how to make a cereal out of it and call it cornybreads. Yeah yeah I know ‘make cornmeal mush’. NO!! I mean little squares of crunchy cornbread, pre-sweetened a bit. Till then I guess I will stick with my late night glass of milk over crumbled cornbread. Now there are several mantras on cornbread. To sweeten or not to sweeten. There is a major difference between Northern (sweet) and most Southern cornbreads depending on whether the Southerner is a purist or not. I think both has it’s place on the table.
Stir together dry ingredients. Then add egg, oil, and enough buttermilk to make a batter a bit thinner than brownie batter but thicker than cake batter. Pour this into greased pan. It is best baked in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven about 20-30 minutes till done and lightly browned on top.
Notes: Now one of the best things about Johnny Reb cornbread is that nice crispy crust. There is a trick to getting that crust. Put your liberally greased pan in the oven and get it almost smoking hot before pouring in the batter. When you pour in that batter you should hear a sizzle and the edges will look like they are trying to curl a bit.
You can also make corn dodgers with this batter. Make it as above but leave it just a touch thicker, liberally grease a skillet, about ¼ inch in the bottom, get it hot, then drop your cornbread batter in by quarter cups, fry on one side over medium heat till golden brown then flip over and fry other side till done.
Now with the addition of some water or regular milk and omit the baking powder and baking soda, you can make hoecakes, the batter should be thinned to about pancake batter thickness and cook the same as the dodgers. Now you can add sugar to this if you like I would say ¼-½ cup depending on how sweet ya like it.