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Hot Skillet Cornbread

Hot Skillet CornbreadHeating the oil in the skillet until it's smoking-hot before adding the batter guarantees a desirable crispy bottom crust and edges on this savory, buttermilk cornbread, a delicious quick bread that goes with all types of meals.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups white or yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil* - divided use
1 1/2 cups buttermilk**
2 large eggs
Butter for accompaniment (optional)
Honey for accompaniment (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda in large mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup oil, buttermilk and eggs, stirring with a wooden spoon until just mixed.
  3. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet (or one with an oven-proof handle), add the 2 tablespoons oil and heat until very hot, or just smoking. (Use caution, don't let it catch fire.) Quickly pour the prepared batter into the hot skillet and with a potholder, transfer the skillet to the oven.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and center springs back when lightly pressed.
  5. Serve warm, cut in wedges with butter, if desired. Delicious with honey, too. Best served warm.

Makes 8 servings.

*Can also use melted vegetable shortening or bacon fat.

**Substitute 1 1/4 cups sour milk for the buttermilk. To make sour milk place 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white vinegar in measuring cup and add milk to make 1 1/4 cups. Let set for a couple of minutes to sour before using.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): 194.3 calories; 40% calories from fat; 8.9g total fat; 54.7mg cholesterol; 462.7mg sodium; 128.3mg potassium; 23.2g carbohydrates; 1.9g fiber; 2.8g sugar; 21.3g net carbs; 5.3g protein.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Cantil; copyright © 1999; property of See Terms of Use.