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How to Make My Parents’ Homemade Cornbread Recipe

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Fresh homemade cornbread is one of my favorite comfort foods. It is probably because I was raised eating the best – made by my parents! Their cornbread is so good that Jay actually asked for it one year for Christmas, along with the recipe. Keep reading to see how to make my parents’ homemade cornbread recipe. You will not be disappointed.

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Anytime I think about homemade cornbread, I think of my parents. They make it frequently, and they usually call us to see if we want any. YES we do! It goes along so well with my dad’s homemade stew. If you haven’t tried that delicious recipe, you can find it here.

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The other great thing about their cornbread is that they usually make it together. In fact, they do a lot of cooking together. That may be one of their secrets to a happy marriage. As this post goes out, they will be celebrating their 60 year anniversary. Congratulations! We are blessed by them and their example.

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Happy 60th Anniversary!

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My Parents’ Homemade Cornbread Recipe

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 C. Cornmeal
1/3 C. Flour
1 t. Salt
1 t. Baking Soda
1 Egg
2 C. Buttermilk
Vegetable Oil

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Directions:

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Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Using a pan (we prefer a cast iron skillet), coat the bottom and sides well with vegetable oil. My parents usually leave a little extra in the bottom of the skillet. If you prefer, you can use a muffin pan as well. Put the skillet or pan in the preheated oven and let the oil get hot.

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While the oil is heating, mix the cornmeal, flour, salt, and baking soda. Add 1 cup of buttermilk and mix well. Add the egg and mix. Add the last cup of buttermilk and mix well.

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Once the oil is hot, pour the mixture into the skillet or muffin pan and cook for 25 – 30 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown. Remove from the skillet and serve hot.

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Options for Cornbread

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  1. Eat it with lots of fresh butter.
  2. Break a piece into small chunks, add it to a mug, and pour milk over it. It makes a great dessert.
  3. My mom eats it with buttermilk poured over it. I love the smell of it, but I am not brave enough to try it.
  4. Add chopped jalapenos, onions, and cheese to the batter to make Mexican Cornbread.
  5. If you have leftover batter, fry it in a skillet like a pancake. My dad makes these, and they are so good.

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I mentioned that Jay asked my mom for her recipe one year for Christmas. This was early in our marriage, but what she did for this gift is still so memorable. She bought him a cast iron skillet, wrote out the directions, and made up several packages of all of the measured dry ingredients. This still goes down as one of our favorite gifts. We still use the cast iron skillet – they cook so evenly.

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You just can’t hardly beat homemade cornbread, especially in the winter. If you have never made it, I hope you will give it a try. You can always use a mix, but now that you know how to make my parents’ homemade cornbread recipe, you may never go back to a mix again.

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Have a Grace & Joy-filled day!

Susan

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24 Comments

  1. Just about the same recipe I make and have made since I was a teenager and no I don’t like the quality of the mixed. I could eat it every day.

  2. Aw, what a sweet and wonderful gift! I make a very similar cornbread recipe in my cast iron skillet too and we just love it. I do use butter though in place of the vegetable oil (but I have to be careful to only melt that butter in just before pouring so it doesn’t turn brown and smoke.

  3. I have been making this cornbread for more than 70 years. Thank God you don’t use sugar in yours either. I always use my grandmother’s cast iron skillets. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the younger generation.

  4. Nothing beats homemade cornbread. I LOVE cornbread but I haven’t yet found the perfect recipe so I will definitely be making yours next! Sounds super easy to make..thank you!

  5. Sounds good. Not quite like my recipe but yummy! Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedLinkParty 101. Shared.

  6. Aww, I love recipes passed down in families, they are always the best. Thank you for sharing, I am visiting from Grammy’s Grid.

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