This is THE real Southern cornbread, at least in my family. This is the way my mother and grandmothers made it, with stone-ground white cornmeal and buttermilk. Baking it in a preheated cast-iron skillet gives it a wonderful toasty brown crust. If your skillet is seasoned properly the cornbread will never stick - it will fall right out of the skillet when you turn it over. I love it right out of the oven slathered with butter - it's a slice of heaven!
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Liberally grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet and let it preheat in the oven for about 10 minutes while preparing the cornbread batter.
- Mix soda, baking powder, salt and sugar with cornmeal.
- Add buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter and mix well.
- Pour into the hot skillet and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.