There’s not a lot of cornbread that I’ve enjoyed in my lifetime. Always dry, boring… truly, a waste of calories. But, my mother-in-law always nails it. Like, better-than-soft-bread good. When I asked about the recipe, she referenced the Fannie Farmer cookbook, which I’ve used since she gave it to me when JD and I first got married. Since the cookbook is long and filled with tons of recipes, I’ve passed over the cornbread because of my dry history with the food. But I took a stab at the recipe, and holy cow, so good. Here’s my adjustment to the Fannie Farmer recipe:
Cornbread (modified from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
just under 1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 egg, well beaten
2 tablespoons bacon fat (yes)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Grease an 8-inch square cake pan.
- Mix the cornmeal,flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the milk, egg, and shortening or bacon fat, and blend well.
- Spoon into the pan and bake for about 20 minutes. Cool and cut in squares.
Soooooo good. Mad props to the mother-in-law for changing my long-standing views on cornbread!
It’s a little overdue, but I just want to pop over and say that turning 31 was quite great. I’m finally feeling awesome and settled in many areas, specifically at home, at work, and with myself, and I can’t express how appreciative I am about this. I had an excellent birthday with many surrounding surprises and events, and I feel so loved and blessed.
I’ll be popping over more frequently this month to show you a project I’ve been working on, some food I’ve been cooking, and a little lady we’ll be celebrating.
And, finally, a description of the shot above, because at first glance, it might look a little “pitiful”… The picture above was actually taken at about 2:30am one night in late January when JD, Maggie, Lucy, and I all crammed into our closet when the tornado sirens went off. Our little foursome was calm and sleepy, and Maggie slept on me most of the half hour we were in there. She was so snuggly and warm, and JD wanted to document how sweet we were… but the flash was so bright! So I squinted a bit. But, there we were, safe together in the cramped space. Thankfully the weather spared us, and it was a fun night as a family of three plus Lucy the dog.
Looking forward to sharing more with you soon.