This cornbread recipe was passed down from my Granny (I call her Ma because she raised me). She likes her Southern Style Cornbread without the sweet taste, so when I prepare the cornbread I add Seasoned Salt to give the cornbread a distinct taste & a modern spin. This recipe can be prepared either way to your liking. This recipe is also prepared in a hot cast-iron skillet & that is the only way I know how to make true Southern Style Cornbread. Delicious freshly baked; this corn bread can also be cooled and used the next day for use in Turkey or Chicken dressing.
- 1 cup white cornmeal
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons sugar (OR for sweet cornbread use 1 1/2 tablespoons Sugar)
- 2 teaspoons seasoning salt (OR for sweet cornbread use 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt)
- 1 large egg
- 2 1⁄2 cups buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon sour cream (heaping)
- 2 teaspoons jalapeno juice (or white vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening (heaping, when scooped out solid)
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, beat the egg then add sour cream, vinegar & buttermilk and beat again until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour the egg/buttermilk/sour cream mixture into the dry ingredients and stir the mixture until smooth.
- Melt shortening in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet on the stovetop using high heat, making sure to thoroughly coat the sides of the skillet with the shortening as the shortening melts (I stick a knife in one of the solid chunks of shortening and coat the sides of the pan until the shortening melts away).
- Add melted shortening to the cornbread mixture, stir mixture thoroughly, and then pour mixture into the cast-iron skillet.
- Keep skillet on high heat and let the mixture sit for about 30 seconds.
- Remove skillet from stovetop and place in 450°F oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a light, golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes then cut into wedges, serve hot and enjoy.