Southern Country Cornbread

"Watching my grandpa make cornbread over the years I am now soo sad I never asked him for the recipe, that and his biscuits are now lost forever, I am trying to recreate them and this is the closest I've come to the cornbread. Though it is nowhere near what he made. It is a tweaking of several recipes and of what I remember, and do not add sugar!! I will cry if anyone does!!"
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Ready In:
1 pan




  • Preheat the oven to 425°.
  • Put the shortening in a cast-iron skillet and place in the oven till melted.
  • Combine the cornmeal and flour. In seperate bowl whisk eggs until foamy then whisk in buttermilk. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the cornmeal mixture.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix should be pourable. Take the hot skillet from the oven, pour the batter into the hot pan directly onto the melted hot shortening, this is what makes it sooo yummy!.
  • Place back in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown or when knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Questions & Replies

  1. Do I use self rising flour and cornmeal
  2. Jessica, what size skillet do you use?


  1. I do not like sweet cornbread so I really liked this cornbread. It formed a great crispy crust and had a nice texture. If I want sweet, I put honey butter on it. For a 10" cast iron skillet, I did 1 1/2 recipes and it was 1 1/2 in. high in the center and baked evenly. Thank you for sharing.
  2. It turned out delicious. I did add one tbsp of sugar (I grew up on Jiffy. I had a hard time imagining cornbread with no sugar!). It was great and I think next time I'll be ready to completely omit the sugar. We did not have a skillet so I used an aluminum pan and it worked well.
  3. Absolutely perfect cornbread. I didn't change a thing. I've been looking for this recipe for years! I didn't grow up making cornbread like so many lucky southern girls do. This recipe got stuck on the inside of a cabinet door - where all the keepers go - until I learn it by heart. Which I will. Thanks!
  4. This is truly an outstanding cornbread. True southern delight. And Jessica you don't have to cry because I wouldn't think of adding sugar. Just excellent. thanks. I think I've found my cornbread for my crockpot dressing for Thanksgiving.
  5. Great job Jessica! Your grandpa would be proud. This tastes as close to my southern mother's cornbread as I've found. I did make one tweak...I used an 8 in skillet, so I reduced the shortening to 2 T. Like I watched my mother do many times, I heated the skillet in the oven until the shortening smoked (lets you know for sure the pan is really hot) and then after swirling the melted shortening to coat the sides, I poured the excess into the batter and stirred it in. A wonderful memory and pure yumminess!


  1. Perfect
    • Review photo by Barney C.


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