Woo hoo! It's Moist and Easy Cornbread Time!


I’m passionate about cornbread ~ I've tested a lot of cornbread recipes, and I’ve learned one thing about it ~ many other people get worked up about it also!

There is quite the debate as to how it should be prepared...




It’s either about the type of cornmeal:  stone ground or not; yellow or white?   
OR...
How much flour?  
How many eggs should I add?  
Which is better:  milk, buttermilk, or sour cream?  
Should I make it with butter, lard, Crisco or bacon grease?
Contaminate it with sugar, or not, or how about honey?  
Bake it in a cast iron skillet or baking tin?
And, finally ~ a 375° or 425° oven? 


In other words, give it to me if you’re not!

Presidents even reacted to it:  George Washington started by savoring hoe cakes, a simple corn bread fried in shallow grease.   

During James Polk’s presidency, of a trip to New Orleans, he wrote that "all the dishes were prepared in the French style of cooking, and to one unaccustomed to it it was difficult to tell of what they were composed... I took a cup of coffee and something on my plate to save appearances, but was careful to eat none of it.  As soon as an opportunity offered, I asked a servant in a low tone if he could give me a piece of corn-bread and broiled ham."1



James Polk
Abraham Lincoln  loved corn cakes, and it was said he ate them “as fast as two women could make them.”   

Way back in the 1920's, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge preferred to start their day with corn muffins.  Herbert Hoover loved fried cornmeal mush, and so do I, almost as much as cornbread! 


Warren Harding
Herbert Hoover
Calvin Coolidge

As a matter of fact, cornbread was served in some of the White House’s more formal settings.   Franklin D. Roosevelt served it at a 1939 state dinner for King George VI.

Franklin D. Roosevelt
King George VI










On to the 40's, when farm boy Harry Truman had simple tastes; he favored his cornbread with sorghum molasses bought on trips home to Missouri.  We've often heard, John F. Kennedy was a small eater and nearly always had to be reminded it was dinner time, with corn muffins being his favorite.  Peanut farmer Jimmy Carter liked dining on corn fritters at the Carter family's big weekend breakfasts.


Harry Truman
Jimmy Carter












 


Then there's Paula Deen!  
 Thanks to her for this cornbread recipe!







Paula Deen’s Moist and Easy Cornbread


Flour and cornmeal
ready for the oven

It's a truly Southern melt-in-your mouth cornbread ~ especially when it's piping hot out of the oven with butter melting on it!

Give it a try!




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Moist and Easy Cornbread

This is a true Southern cornbread ~ melt-in-your-mouth good ~ especially when it's straight from the oven, slathered with butter, thanks to Paula Deen's recipe!
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons melted, plus butter for baking dish unsalted butter
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large lightly beaten eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425º. Lightly grease an 8-inch baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk and butter. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the cornmeal mixture and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy). Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
Bake until the top is golden brown and tester inserted into the middle of the corn bread comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the cornbread from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

1As quoted in Mark Eaton Byrnes' James K. Polk:  A Biographical Companion



Enjoy!





51 comments:

  1. Hi Pam, We both love cornbread too. The southern version is a bit sweeter than than in the Midwest. Warm cornbread with great Amish butter is one of our favorites. I love cornmeal mush...but I've never been able to find it down here in East Tennessee. Take Care and Stay Warm, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! I love cornmeal mush too, but make it and pour it into a loaf pan, refrigerate until set, and fry it! Yum! A great winter breakfast! Lots of snow here and very cold! Hope you're staying warm!

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  2. I would love a slice now! Will it work with yellow corn flour (not the starch) too?

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    1. Hi Angie! Wish I could give you one now! Sorry, I'm not familiar with yellow corn flour, but I see after Googling that it's very fine cornmeal. Not sure what the difference would be in baking. I will have to check it out! Thanks!

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  3. I often use cornmeal for a variety of dishes. I usually buy the italian, glutten free, vacuum packed brand: Nicoli- polenta bergamasca. It serves me perfectly.
    I'm impressed by your account of USA presidents and their love for cornbread, corn cakes, corn muffins, corn mush cornfritters. They had great taste.

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    1. Hi Duta! It seems like there are a lot of cornbread lovers out there! I like corn fritters too! I bet your dishes with cornmeal are very good. Thanks! Take care

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  4. Raising hand as another cornbread lover! This would be great with the cabbage rolls in your previous post. Yum!

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    1. Woo hoo, Susan! You're added to the list! Yes, it would've been great with the cabbage rolls. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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  5. Pam this recipe looks absolutely delicious !! love it! xo

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! Glad you like it! xo

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  6. You know how much I like your cornbread, but since you mentioned fried mush...any chance that'll be on the menu any time soon?

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    1. Ooops! Just saw this listed as spam, Bubba! Be thinking about mush! Love...

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  7. Looks good Pam and your right about the disagreements over how to make cornbread. I just read another cornbread post and it included 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of honey. Us Southeners call that cake?

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    1. Good grief, Larry! Us Midwesterners call that cake too! That makes my teeth hurt thinking about all the sweetness! Thanks for your comment! :-)

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  8. My husband loves cornbread and I am warming up to it. This recipe looks delicious.

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    1. I get it, Gerlinde! You either like it or you don't. Hope all is well your way!

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  9. What a fun post! Learned a ton. LOVE cornbread. Preferably made with minimal or no sugar. :-) So this is perfect! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, John! It sounds like they all had good taste when it came to cornbread, even King George! Yes, I usually make it with no sugar, but I don't think the tablespoon here made much difference.

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  10. OMG! The reactions to different corn breads.
    So funny. I hear this sometimes with different
    kinds of pizza, too.

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    1. Yep, I hear you, Ivy! I like my pizza, thin crust, mushrooms, pepperoni, and garlic and that's about it. Love hearing all the combos of food. Hope you're doing well now!!!

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  11. I LOVE cornbread too but it is not a thing in Canada. It is rare I get to eat some or I do not think of making some. Why...it's so good! Will have to try this version.

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    1. That's interesting, Evelyne! Actually, you seldom see it in a restaurant around here in the Chicago area, but I grew up eating it in Ohio and then big-time when I lived in Louisville, KY! Hope you try this version some day! Take care

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  12. People do get worked up about cornbread - and I bet this is tasty - but I really love mine so I don't often try new ones. But if you put it in front of me, the first thing I would do is slather it in butter, then shove it in my mouth! Yum - thanks now I'm craving cornbread.

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    1. Yes, they do, Tricia! I like to try new ones now and then, but my stand-by is in an old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook recipe, tried 'n true! I don't believe I've ever turned down a piece of cornbread and I'd slap that butter on and shove it my mouth quickly too! Take care and have a wonderful rest of the week! :-)

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  13. I love cornbread too and so does my husband. He goes crazy when I make it. I have a couple of Paula Deen cookbooks, but I'm not sure I ever used her recipe. I should look into it. I am fascinated by the debate that goes on about how it should be made. Southerners don't like it sweet and northerners do and both sides think the others are wrong - or so I've heard.

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    1. Hi Short (dis)Order Cook! Evidently, there is no middle of the road when it comes to cornbread. To me, sweet cornbread is about like eating a slice of cake, it just needs frosting! It makes me happy that you and yours are cornbread lovers too. I get it that he goes crazy about it, me too! Take care

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  14. Cornbread, yum! My mom always made cornmeal muffins. They are definitely comfort food for me. I've never tried Paula Deen's recipe. Thanks for sharing it.
    ~Judy

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    1. Hi Judy! Yum, for sure! My mom made the muffins too sometimes, can't go wrong with anything cornbread! Thanks!

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  15. The recipe I use is quite similar---I use buttermilk, too, and a little more sugar. Now I'm hungry!!

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    1. It's a great recipe, Liz! Sometimes I make it half flour, half cornmeal and add sour cream, and no sugar, that's good too! Thanks for the visit!

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  16. Your cornbread looks great. Cornbread is not common here, so I am happy to use your method!

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    1. Hi Cakelaw! Wish I could send you some fresh cornbread! Yum! Have a great day!

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  17. We only tasted our first corn bread a couple of months back when I made it for the first time, not a bread that you can buy here. Will try this recipe as well we did enjoy the other one. Take care Diane

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    1. Glad you liked the one you made, Diane! There are so many delicious breads in France, I'd have a hard time choosing a fave. Hope you're doing well!

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  18. Your list of variations is great because it shows how flexible cornbread is -- so many ways to make it. And you didn't even mention that there are recipes where you add corn kernels or chopped hot peppers or onions or whatever. But maybe you think that's heresy. The list of presidential cornbread lovers is also great.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae! Cornbread is flexible, indeed, hard to go wrong with it! I considered the kernels, peppers and so forth, not hersy at all. I enjoy cornbread that incorporates them all, but that opens a whole other can of worms and a longer post. :-) I could devour corn cakes as fast as Abe! Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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  19. That was so interesting to read,I would love go try it☺☺

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    1. Thanks, natalia! Hope you do try it! Take care

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  20. I love sweet cornbread and then top it with honey! Just made some the other day to go with red beans and rice! Then turned the leftovers into cornbread stuffing. We love cornbread! Does that make us presidential?

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    1. Yes, Abbe, I'd say you're presidential for sure! I just might be trying sweet cornbread soon and top it with honey, sounds perfect for red beans and rice. And cornbread stuffing, drooling here...

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  21. My favorite. I will eat that whole pan!!!

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    1. Yep! Me too, Leslie! Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I found a diabetic version (for my dad) that we LOVE that has peppers and cheese in it. Good history here, Pam! Thanks.

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    1. That's great, Debra! Peppers and cheese would be delicious in it! Thanks!

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  23. I love cornbread, especially with addition of chopped jalapenos! Have made a few different recipes but have not tried Paula Deen's. I must try this. Interesting read about it being the favourite of important people!

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    1. Hi Joyce! It would be great with jalapeños for sure, yum! Hope you try Paula's verison! Thanks so much! Take care

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  24. I love cornbread. It is so easy to make and goes great with soups and stews.

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  25. Hi Geraldine! Me too! We like it with soups and stews also. Take care

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  26. my grandpa would definitely approve of this low-sugar cornbread, and so do i!!

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