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MeridianDog
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The Best Bread is Cornbread (photos)


This is the old family recipe straight from the Great Depression by way of Granny Cooksey of Isola, Mississippi. It is what I have called Hard Times Cornbread.

It has no eggs and no sugar, since those pantry items were better used for other things during hard times.

This is all that has been made in my family for as long as my memories go back. It is all that my mother and her seven sisters made, and each of their children who can cook, and all that is made in my house too.

Here is what you need:



With AP Flour.



With Self Rise Flour.

Recipe:

1 cup Martha White Corn Meal
1 1/4 cup Martha White AP flour, 1/2 tsp Baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt

or

1 cup Martha White Corn Meal
1 1/4 cup Martha White Self Rising Flour with 1/2 tsp salt

Plus

1 1/2 cup Buttermilk
Sufficient additional water to make mix slightly thicker than pancake batter

A good seasoned cast iron skillet



We have quite a few. This stack includes a 12 inch, 8 inch and 6 inch skillet. The 12 inch makes enough for a family of six or eight and the 6 inch one makes a fine dinner pone for the wife and me.

The one used in this recipe is the 8 inch. For the 12 inch skillet, double the recipe. For the 6 inch skillet, cut recipe by 1/3.

You also need a 390 degree preheated oven.

I stick the skillet in the oven as it preheats. You don't need the skillet until the oven gets to temperature anyway. And the skillet must be hot when the batter goes in. The preheating oven is a good place to get it hot, but not too hot.

When all is ready, mix the batter (thick please) and add it to the hot skillet with a tablespoon of vegetable or bacon oil added before the batter. It should sizzle.



Place in center of the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes. Cooking times will vary, and you will learn what your oven does. Granny Cooksey baked hers in a wood stove for years. My oven is electric convection. The cornbread from Granny's wood stove was pretty good to a four year old kid. She did just fine when they finally got Propane but I think she missed her wood stove until the day she died - just not cleaning out the ashes. (I think that was the youngest daughter or Pawpaw's job)

The top should look like this when ready to come out of the oven.



The skillet side is crunchy magic! And if your skillet is properly seasoned, the pone falls right out.



Here, Have a slice



yes buttered





In My Opinion, a perfect wedge will be tender, slightly moist and you should see individual grains of bread. This one is perfect. Crunchy brown crust, tender bread and wonderful corn flavor. The butter is ok too.

Pan Fried Cornbread

Do you ever do it this way? It is quicker than baking the pone and you get a nice crunch on both sides! The taste seems a little different too. Not better or worse, just different.

Make the batter slightly thinner than if baking in the oven.

Take a hot skillet on the burner eye and drizzle in a little oil.



Spoon the batter on the hot oil like a pancake.



It should sizzle. You can see the edge like this when it needs to be flipped.



I forgot to take a photo of the finished pone of skillet fried cornbread. You will be forced to look at this shot.




I wish I had taken a photo of crumbled cornbread and chopped onions in a cold glass of milk. If you've never tried this, you have my pity.

Really good on the plate soaked in pea or butterbean juice with chopped onions too.








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Paige
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My grandma's peas and cornbread is one of my favorite meals






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MeridianDog
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quote:

My grandma's peas and cornbread is one of my favorite meals


My best memories of those days.






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Mike da Tigah
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Focaccia says hi.





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MeridianDog
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Can't go to Fresh Market without taking Focaccia with me when we leave.





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Darla Hood
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Oh, beautiful! Looks a little better than the Jiffy I use.

Really, a much higher, fluffier cornbread than I'm used to.

And the cornmeal is white?






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Mike da Tigah
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quote:

Can't go to Fresh Market without taking Focaccia with me when we leave.

my favorite by far


Of all the quick breads though, don't get me wrong, I do love some cornbread.






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oldcharlie8
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it looks fantastic but, i got to have a little sugar in mine. (i like it a tad bit sweet)


in fact, i'm gonna use your recipe and add me some cheese and jalapenos.

thnanks.





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MeridianDog
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Yes White Cornmeal.

Excuse me too, but Martha White Brand is the only flour and cornmeal we buy for biscuits and cornbread. Lester and Earl were right. It is just better than the other brands.

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MeridianDog
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Our modifications for this include:

1/4 cup mixed green and red bell pepper
1/4 cup onion chopped medium fine
1 jalapino chopped fine
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
added to the recipe

edited to add

Plus A little yellow whole kernal corn if we have it



This post was edited on 1/27 at 3:31 pm


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Mike da Tigah
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MeridianDog, I love someone who has passion and takes their food serious. You clearly have this down pat. I commend you, as that looks about as legit as I've seen it. Well done. You've just inspired me to knock out some cornbread. I'm giving your recipe a shot.





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lsumailman61
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That looks great! We had Chilli and cornbread muffins last night.





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MeridianDog
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I had a good friend (gone now) He was an All American at LSU and one of the "Chinese Bandits", way back when. I shared this recipe with him one night over a vegetable dinner.

The next day, he told me at work that he had gone by the grocery store on his way home that night and planned on trying it that night after work.

A few weeks later he walked into my office and said.

"I have gained 7 pounds!"

He was making an 8 inch skillet every night and eating the whole thing. I have no idea how many calories that is (depends on thickness, amount of oil used and amount of butter added). Evidently it was enough to really put weight on an old football player with a desk job.





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Mike da Tigah
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If it tastes as good as it looks I bet he ate his weight in it.






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Darla Hood
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Great story!

The last picture of the cornbread (fritter?) with beans made me lonesome for my mom. Originally from east Texas, she completely converted to Cajun cooking to please my dad. In the last couple of years of her life, after he died, she reverted back to her Texas roots and cornbread and beans was her comfort food.






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Gris Gris
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The bottom of that cornbread is perfect. Would go well with mustard greens and the pot liquor.





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Rule #1 with cooking bornbread.

Get your pan hot in the oven before you pour mill in... really hot.






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