Grannie's Cracklin' Cornbread

Grannie's Cracklin' Cornbread Recipe
Oxmoor House
This classic cracklin' cornbread is a traditional Southern cornbread and calls for just six ingredients. 


8 to 10 servings
Total time: 39 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 39 Minutes


1/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cracklings*


Place butter in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet, and heat in a 425° oven 4 minutes.

Combine cornmeal and flour in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.

Stir together buttermilk, eggs, and cracklings; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Pour over melted butter in hot skillet.

Bake at 425° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

*1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon (12 to 15 slices) may be sustituted for cracklings.

Grannie's Cracklin' Cakes: Prepare batter as directed above; stir in 1/4 cup butter, melted. Heat a large skillet coated with vegetable cooking spray over medium-high heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter for each cake into skillet; cook, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden.

Martha Smith Vaughn, Tarrant, Alabama,

Southern Living

October 1998
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