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Corn Bread (Bakerbettie.com) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Rose Overturf

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
10 TBSP (140 gr) unsalted butter, divided (*see note for substitution)
2 cups (240 gr) cornmeal (good quality stone ground cornmeal preferred)
1/2 cup (60 gr) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp kosher salt
2 TBSP (25 gr) sugar (*see note)
1 1/2 cup (355 ml) buttermilk, room temperature (*see note for substitution)
2 large eggs, room temperature

Variations

Cornbread Muffins: Grease or line a muffin tin and divide the batter between 12 muffins. Reduce the oven temperature to 400F (204C) and bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through.
Brown Butter Cornbread: Melt the butter in the recipe in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously until the butter starts to become brown in color and smells nutty. Proceed with the recipe, but add an additional 2 TBSP of buttermilk to the recipe.
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread: After your batter is made, stir in 6 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese and 2 TBSP minced fresh jalapeno.
Bacon and Scallion Cornbread: Cook 6 strips of bacon until crispy. Crumble and set aside. Pour off the bacon fat to use in place of butter. Depending on how much your bacon rendered you may need to add some melted butter to make up the difference. Proceed with the recipe and stir in the crumbled bacon and 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions. A good handful of sharp cheddar wouldn't be a bad addition to this one either!

Directions:
Directions:
Position your oven rack in the center of the oven and place a well seasoned 10" or 12" cast iron skillet inside. Preheat your oven to 450F (232C). This will preheat your skillet to help achieve a very crispy bottom to your cornbread. Alternatively, if you do not have a cast iron skillet you may use a 9" round or square metal or glass baking dish for this recipe, but you should not preheat them in the oven.

Meanwhile, melt your butter. Once completely melted, divide out about 2 TBSP. This will be used to grease your skillet. The rest of the butter will go into the cornbread. Set both aside to cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl combine the cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Whisk together until combined.

Add in your buttermilk, eggs, and the larger amount of melted butter and stir until everything is just incorporated. You don't want to over-mix.

Carefully remove the hot cast iron skillet from the oven. Add the 2 TBSP butter you divided out to the pan and swirl around until the bottom is coated. Pour your cornbread batter into the skillet and immediately place skillet back into the hot oven. If you are using a baking dish instead of a cast iron skillet, coat it with the reserved melted butter.

Cook at 450F (232C) for about 20 minutes or until a tester comes out with moist crumb from the center. If you want a crispier top, put it under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, watching it very closely.

As an optional extra step in increase the moistness of this cornbread, run a stick of butter over the top of the bread while it is still hot. The butter will melt down into the bread and keep it extra moist and delicious! Use as much as you like of the stick. I just rub it all over until it is well coated.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
SUBSTITUTION NOTES:

Butter: If you only have salted butter, it can be used in place of the unsalted butter in this recipe, however you should decrease the amount of salt added to the recipe to 1 1/2 tsp.
Sugar: The amount of sugar called for in this recipe will not make this a sweet cornbread. It only serves the purpose of balancing the flavors. If you prefer a sweet cornbread, you can increase the amount of sugar in this recipe to 2/3 cup and reduce the amount of salt to 1 tsp. You could also choose to just increase the sugar by a small amount for just a slightly sweet cornbread.
Buttermilk: The acidic properties of buttermilk are necessary in this recipe to activate the baking soda. If you do not have buttermilk you can make a substitute by measuring out 1 1/2 TBSP of white vinegar or lemon juice and adding enough regular milk to equal 1 1/2 cups. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes before using. As another option, combine 1 cup plus 2 TBSP of sour cream or plain yogurt with 6 TBSP of water and use in place of the buttermilk.

 

 

 

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