White cornmeal is used in most Southern cornbreads, but we could not find any here in California, so we used yellow cornmeal. If you can find white cornmeal, by all means use it.
- 15 minutes
- 20 minutes
- Makes 8 servings
- 1 Tbsp bacon drippings
- 2 cups cornmeal OR 1 1/2 cups cornmeal and 1/2 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar (optional)
- 1 egg (optional)
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 Preheat pan with bacon drippings: Put the bacon drippings in a 9 or 10-inch cast iron skillet and put the skillet into the oven. Then preheat the oven to 400° with the skillet inside. (If you don’t have an iron skillet, you can use an uncovered Dutch oven or a metal cake pan.)
2 Make the batter: Whisk together all the dry ingredients (cornmeal, baking soda, salt, sugar if using) in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg (if using) and buttermilk until combined, then mix that into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir in the melted butter.
3 Pour batter into hot skillet and bake: When the oven is hot, take out the skillet (carefully, as the handle will be hot!). Add the cornbread batter and make sure it is evenly distributed in the skillet.
Bake at 400°F for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are beginning to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
4 Rest bread in skillet, then serve: Let the bread rest for 10-30 minutes in the skillet before cutting it into wedges and serving.
To avoid burning your hand because you’ve forgotten the pan is hot, I recommend placing a pot holder on the pan’s handle while the cornbread is resting, or cooling the handle down a bit with an ice cube.
from Simply Recipes ~ http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/southern_cornbread/
Breakfast in a mug!
Mug Banana Bread
By: Kaitlin Weiler, AllFreeCasseroleRecipes Original Recipe
Mug Banana Bread
This image courtesy of Tom AllFreeCasseroleRecipes.com
If you’re craving banana bread but you don’t have the patience or motivation to bake an entire loaf, try Mug Banana Bread. This is a really simple breakfast recipe because it makes a single serving in only a few minutes. The mashed banana not only flavors the treat but also keeps it nice and moist. Best of all, you probably already have most of the ingredients sitting in your pantry or around the kitchen. You will love that it takes less than five minutes from start to finish to make this recipe for Mug Banana Bread. Because it only takes a few minutes to whip up this easy banana
bread recipe, you can enjoy it for breakfast or dessert any day of the week! For even more flavor and texture, we like to top our Mug Banana Bread with almonds or walnuts. You could also top the banana bread with a drizzle of caramel sauce or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a decadent mug cake treat.
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt
- dash ground cinnamon
- dash vanilla extract
- 1 eggs
- 1 1/2 tablespoon milk
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- Lightly spray a large, microwaveable mug with cooking spray.
- Combine all of the ingredients in the mug. Stir until just combined.
- Microwave at 80% power for 1.5 to 3 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Southern Style Hush Puppies
Living on the coast of North Carolina, we love Calabash style seafood and hush puppies. I serve these hush puppies hot with homemade honey butter and fresh local fish fried up crispy and golden, MMMM! I hope y’all enjoy these wonderful hush puppies as much as we do!
Serves: 6 to 8 Prep Time: 5 Min Cook Time: 5 Min Method: Deep Fry
3/4 c self-rising flour
1 c self-rising corn meal (not mix)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 small onion, finely minced (i use sweet onion)
1 pinch garlic powder
1 pinch onion powder
1 pinch old bay seasoning
1 Tbsp sugar
3/4 to 1 c buttermilk
Canola oil for frying
- In large mixing bowl, mix together flour and cornmeal. Add egg, onion and spices. Add buttermilk and stir with fork just until blended. Mixture should be fairly stiff. Add a little bit more buttermilk, if necessary.
- Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees. Drop dough by teaspoons into hot oil and fry until hush puppies rise to the top and are golden brown. Remove from fryer and drain on paper towels. Serve hot with honey butter, if desired.