Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Classic Cornbread


4 Tbsp. butter, melted and divided
3 Tbsp. warm bacon drippings, divided
2 slices of bacon browned and crumbled
1 1/2 c. stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. table salt
1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. milk


Preheat oven to 450. Place 1 Tbsp. melted butter and 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings in a 10-inch cast iron skillet; heat in oven 5 minutes

Meanwhile,mix together cornmeal and next 5 ingredients in a bowl. Whisk together egg and both milks; whisk into cornmeal mixture just until combined. Whisk in remaining 3 Tbsp. butter and 2 Tbsp. bacon drippings and bacon.

Pour into hot skillet.

Bake at 450 for 20 minutes or until golden brown and firm. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from pan, and serve.

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