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Cornbread in an iron skilet

Dad's Cornbread

Dad's Cornbread is a southern family recipe handed down through generations. Serve it with chili, pinto beans, greens, and many more meals.
Course Bread
Cuisine American Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 to 10 servings
Author Renee Dobbs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large or extra-large egg

Instructions

For baking in a cast iron skillet:

  1. Place an 8 or 9-inch cast iron skillet in the oven. Pre-heat the oven to 385°F. Wait for the oven to be fully heated before mixing batter.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir or whisk together the cornmeal, flour, and sugar.
  3. In a small bowl or 2-cup measuring cup, stir together milk, oil, and egg with a fork to break up the egg and combine.
  4. Add the milk mixture to the cornmeal mixture and stir until ingredients are combined. (Do not over-mix).
  5. Take the skillet out of the oven and add 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Swirl around to coat the skillet with oil. Add the cornbread batter to the skillet and return it to the oven.
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges are browned. Set the oven to broil and broil until the top is browned. Watch during the broiling process so you do not burn the cornbread. Remove cornbread from the oven and transfer cornbread to a serving plate. Serve warm.

For baking in a cake pan:

  1. Preheat the oven to 385°F. Grease an 8 or 9-inch cake pan. Dust the cake pan with cornmeal.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir or whisk together the cornmeal, flour, and sugar.
  3. In a small bowl or 2-cup measure, stir together the milk, oil, and egg with a fork to break up the egg and combine.
  4. Add the milk mixture to the cornmeal mixture and stir until ingredients are combined. (Do not over-mix).
  5. Pour the cornbread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges are browned.
  6. Set the oven to broil and broil until the top is browned. Watch during the broiling process so you do not burn the cornbread. Remove from the oven and transfer cornbread to a serving plate. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Dad's Cornbread is a southern family recipe handed down through generations. Serve it with chili, pinto beans, greens, and many more meals.