Mom’s Cornbread

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Nothing warms the soul like a big pot of homemade soup or chili and a hot skillet of cornbread straight from the oven.

I have tried many a cornbread in my lifetime, and all of them were good, but there is just nothing as good as mom’s cornbread. I’m not sure what she does to it but you can just taste the love.

And it’s always best when it’s fresh out of the oven, slathered with a pat of butter. I like to crumble some into my chili as well. Yum!

Here’s mom’s recipe. I’m not sure where it came from originally but it is my favorite. She also uses this cornbread in her cornbread dressing for thanksgiving.

Mom’s Cornbread:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup sifted flour
  • 1 1/4 cups cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat

Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Butter cast iron skillet and then sprinkle with a bit of cornmeal. Heat pan in the hot oven.

Beat egg and then mix in remaining ingredients until smooth. pour batter into the hot skillet and bake for 20-25 minutes until done.

Cut into wedges and serve with butter.

Enjoy!

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Banana Blueberry Bread

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This summer seems to have flown by and fall is right around the corner. It’s time to use up summer’s bounty. What will you be doing? Canning? Freezing? Baking?

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I love baking in the fall. The cooler, crisp air, fall leaves and the scent of warm spice coming from the oven, warms the soul.

I found this banana bread recipe in a cookbook called “Beyond grits and gravy”. I made a few changes to it to suit my taste and then added fresh blueberries because bananas and blueberries are “Yum” together!

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This is, quite possibly, my favorite banana bread recipe. Chalked full of banana chunks and walnuts and bursting with juicy blueberries, this is the most simple and delicious bread ever.

Enjoy!

Banana Blueberry Bread:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • juice and grated rind of an orange (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 4 large bananas, 3 mashed and 1 cut into small chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients, fold in 1 cup fresh blueberries. Bake in greased and floured loaf pan for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.