It took Poppy FOREVER to convince me that cornbread did not need baking powder, soda or sugar! I had never heard of this in my life until we were married! Now it is my favorite cornbread and goes well with tons of dishes! Red beans, Sausage & Rice are not right without Hot Water Cornbread. It goes with casseroles, Chicken & Rice Soup, Chicken 'n Dumplings, Cabbage Rolls, and so forth! It is one of the best Southern dishes ever and everyone who tries it, loves it!