Gina's Crusty Cornbread

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups finely ground yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat, butter, shortening or vegetable oil
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Put a 10-inch cast iron skillet in the oven and heat it for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the batter.

  • Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and melted butter.

  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet mixture into the well. Use a fork or spatula to stir the batter until evenly combined.

  • Remove the hot skillet from the oven, add the fat and swirl to coat the bottom. Pour the batter into the skillet and, using a spatula, spread the batter evenly across the pan. Bake until lightly golden brown, firm and springy to the touch, about 25 to 30 minutes. (Cooks Note: For a richer flavor, you can melt an additional 2 tablespoons butter over the top of the cornbread when it comes out of the oven.) Remove from the oven and serve directly from the skillet, if desired.


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