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Grannie's Cracklin' Cornbread

Oxmoor House
Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 39 mins
Yield 8 to 10 servings
This classic cracklin' cornbread is a traditional Southern cornbread and calls for just six ingredients. 

Ingredients

  • 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*

How to Make It

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

    Skillet Cornbread
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck

     

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

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

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

  5. *1 cup cooked, crumbled bacon (12 to 15 slices) may be sustituted for cracklings.

  6. 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.