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Traditional Cornbread Recipe #23

My husband loves cornbread. Loves it, and I think he would eat it with every meal. He says it when I made it for him when we were dating, he knew I was a keeper. Funny thing is, my traditional cornbread recipe isn’t really a recipe. I make it differently every single time.

The first time I made cornbread was when I was about 6  years old. My Granny taught me how. One of my favorite childhood memories is of her teaching me how to read the recipe, using the measuring spoons and mixing it all together. She was a very patient lady.

I cannot remember her recipe to save my life, and not sure if anyone has it written down anywhere.

This is NOT her recipe. This is one of  my many versions of cornbread, and we will just call it Cornbread #23.

Traditional Cornbread Recipe #23

The basics are pretty much the same for every version of cornbread I make. Hot skillet, cornmeal and flour, an egg or two, oil or butter, and liquid.

But that’s about it. From there I have gone from one end of the kitchen to the other.

This one is pretty basic. And yes I put sugar in it. I will probably get kicked out of the state of Tennessee for this but I don’t care. I like sugar, and in this version of traditional cornbread, it is just the right amount.


My husband loves cornbread, and says my recipe make him want to keep me around. (I make it differently every time. Calling this one Cornbread Recipe #23.)


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Mix your dry ingredients first.

Then add your wet ingredients. Combine until just wet, do not over mix.

Let the batter sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then pour into a prepared hot skillet.

You want the oil to be sizzling hot, so it fries the bread instead of soaking into the bread.

That’s what gives cornbread that nice crust. Don’t have a cast iron skillet yet? Here is a great set to start with.




Traditional Cornbread Recipe


Bake…and you know what to do then, right?  Serve with your favorite meal. Also tastes great with a little butter and honey for a simple dessert.


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Traditional Cornbread Recipe


My husband loves cornbread, and says my recipe make him want to keep me around. (I make it differently every time. Calling this one Cornbread Recipe #23.)


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Traditional Cornbread Recipe #23

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  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup self rising cornmeal
  • 3 TB sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TB vegetable oil

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  1. Heat oven to 375. Pour 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil into a cast iron skillet. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking soda.
  3. Add milk, butter, and eggs, and combine until just wet. Let the batter sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. While the batter is resting, put skillet in the oven to heat the oil. Remove, and carefully pour the batter into the hot pan.
  5. Return to the oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes, until the cornbread is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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