Southern Cornbread

Audrey Musick


Nothing is better with a bowl of chili beans or stew than a slice of hot buttered corn bread. My daddy used to crumble corn bread into a glass of milk and eat it from the glass. (It's a "southern thing".)

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5 Min
25 Min


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1/4 c
melted shortening (crisco)
1 c
corn meal (martha white self-rising corn meal mix with hot rise)
1/2 c
all-purpose flour
egg, slightly beaten
1 Tbsp
bacon fat
1 c
1/2 tsp
1 Tbsp

How to Make Southern Cornbread


  • 1Place the shortening in a medium sized skillet ( I use a 5 inch skillet) and place it in the oven that has been pre-heated to 425 degrees.
  • 2In a large bowl, combine the corn meal, flour, bacon drippings, beaten egg, buttermilk, sugar and salt. Batter will be slight thick.
  • 3Once the shortening has completly melted and starts to sizzle in the pan, pour the shortening over the batter (It should sizzle when poured over the batter....the secret to really good cornbread.). Stir until the hot grease is completely incorporated into the batter.
  • 4Pour the batter back into the hot skillet and place it in the oven. Bake about 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the side of the bread has pulled away from the pan.
  • 5Once the cornbread has been taken out of the oven, allow it to cool for about 5 minutes. Loosen the cornbread from the pan by running a knife around the edge of the cornbread and the inside of the pan. Invert the bread into a serving plate.

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About Southern Cornbread

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Southern
Hashtag: #Cast Iron Pan

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