Cornbread?

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by richtee, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OK...I'm admitting to my Yankee-nish here. <The latitude, NOT the team..UGH!> I have never made cornbread.

    <GASP!>

    Just poured out the grease from this AM's lb. of bacon, got a 14" cast iron skillet with a coat of grease and some cracklings still inside. Good start?

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    Bake in oven I assume...

    Have a basic recipe, but maybe someone here could rattle off some tips and trix?
     
  2. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    When I make in a cast iron I heat it up just till it starts to smoke and pour the batter in, it should sizzle, and pop it in the preheated oven and bake as per recipe or until set/
     
  3. smoke freak

    smoke freak StickBurners

    Sounds good to me. YUM!
     
  4. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Everything above is great! Also use buttermilk for the liquid (1/2 or all) also add soem fresh corn to it.

    When bread is close to finished coat the top with some honey butter for a glaze.
     
  5. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds good![​IMG]
    I like to add chopped jalapeno, chopped onion and whole corn to the batter.
     
  6. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    the chile and corn is good... I never tried the onion. I would think it would add a good flavor as well as texture/moisture. I may have to try that out!
     
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OK cornbread was a failure. Looks damm good, but...

    Near as I can tell...
    1) Do not use coarse ground corn meal- gritty and will not hold together... or did I not use enough egg?

    2) Went with rosemary and onion powder, and not enough of either

    3) Bacon cracklings ain't enough. Should have busted up a couple strips.

    The recipe I had called for a cup of the corn meal and a cup of flour, a cup of milk and one egg, and a stick of butter. Proportions sound right? Oh, and 4 tspn baking soda.

    thanks for the help
     
  8. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I will ahve to get back to you with a recipe... I also have a recipe for blue corn bread.. very tasty but I have to scale it down, This one makes 5 gallons of mix.
     
  9. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Richtee,
    That recipe sounds about right. My recipe adds 1 tsp salt, 1/4 C sugar, and 1/4 C oil to your basic recipe.

    PS: I just re read your post and my 1/4 cup oil would be equal to your stick of butter.
     
  10. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Huh more oil beyond the 1/4 lb. of butter? And yes, I omitted the salt and sugar...I had 'em in there. I guess it was the coarse ground meal. Need to use fine. I kinda would like SOME texture, maybe go with a "quartah" cup coarse, and balance fine...
     
  11. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hahahaha...
     
  12. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Are you sure that wasn't baking powder? I use baking powder in my cornbread, but I don't think I've tried soda.
     
  13. goat

    goat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You are correct Cowgirl, mine calls for baking powder also. Richtee, use either 1 stick of butter or 1/4 cup oil, but not both.
     
  14. dacdots

    dacdots Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    1 cup flour
    1cup yellow cornmeal
    1 cup milk
    1/4 cup oil
    2 eggs
    1 Tbsp baking powder
    1/4 cup sugar

    Mix all together,just enough to wet dry ingredients.Bake at 425 for 25 to 35 min.This is a recipe from Better Homes and Garden cook book called "Perfect Cornbread" and to me it is.
     
  15. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ahhh I bet the two eggs had a bit to do with the crumble factor, as well as the coarse grind...
     
  16. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ohhh right baking powder. I'm NOT a competent baker. Never has been my deal, may never be... [​IMG]
     

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