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Old 08-11-2008, 03:52 PM   #1
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Made Cornbread

Well took the plunge, found a very basic recipe in one of cook books and made some cornbread.

This was made from corn meal, plain flour, baking powder, salt, egg, melted butter and buttermilk.

The result - it was OK (I never remember to take pics). I'm now ready to experiment with some other flavourings - I want to try bacon fat (or the duck fat I have in the fridge) and some herbs - possibly oregano and develop the flavour a bit to make it more interesting.

The reviews - YS didn't like it plain but was good dipped in the chilli. OS was sort of teenage grunt OK.

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put sugar in it... they'll swoon!
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:01 PM   #3
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oh...go for the bacon fat, or even lard, or corn oil isn't bad too. I add one T. of sugar to the batter, and use buttermilk too..
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:14 PM   #4
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Grated cheese is a standard add-in for cornbread.
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I made one with bacon and jalapenos once, and a little onion..... browned them in the CI skillet and left them there, poured in the batter and baked.
I should do that again. It was VERY good!
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Agree with all of the above - have also put in diced green chiles or jalepenos.
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Sorry Suzi, you beat me to the punch on the jalepenos. Oh, I have also added whole kernal corn for some nice texture and added corn flavour!
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Thanks for the advice - I need to take it easy on the chillis - rest of family not that keen and youngest does not like sweet corn so I won't put that in.
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Old 08-11-2008, 04:23 PM   #9
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When I bake my cornbread I always use a cast iron skillet. I put about 2 tablespoons bacon fat in the skillet and then put the skillet in the oven while the oven preheats. When the batter's ready, I pour it into the hot skillet with the melted bacon fat. Real tasty.

As far as variations, I have tons.

Sometimes I'll add a cup of frozen whole kernel corn, thawed, to the batter. I've also used drained canned corn and fresh corn.

Other times, I'll include a can of green chilies, drained, and some chili powder.

I've also put in chopped green onions and shredded Cheddar cheese. The list goes on.

I always use buttermilk.

If I'm really lazy or don't want to heat up the kitchen with the oven, I'll heat up my cast iron griddle, grease it up really good with bacon fat, and ladle the batter like pancakes. Cook and flip. That was one of Buck's favorite ways to have cornbread...corncakes. He even liked them with butter and syrup for breakfast, regardless of the variation I'd made.
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Katie I made that for the kids last week for dinner....
Nothing in the cupboard but cornmeal, only veg in the freezer was corn....
That was a big hit!!!!
Either that or the sour cream was.....
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