1 tablespoon butter or bacon drippings
2 eggs (I used 2 duck eggs as that was what I had, probably the equivalent of 3 chicken eggs)
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon sugar (I used a tablespoon of sugar)
1 teaspoon salt (I used 1/2 teaspoon of salt)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups stone-ground white cornmeal (I used yellow cornmeal because that was what I had)
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the butter or drippings in a 10 inch cast iron skillet, and place it in the oven.
2. Combine the eggs and buttermilk in a small bowl or measuring cup, whisking it together well with a fork.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, salt, baking soda, and cornmeal, stirring well to combine.
4. Stir the egg and milk mixture into the dry ingredients, beating just until the dry ingredients are moistened, no more.
5. Pull the skillet from the oven. It should be good and hot, with the fat sizzling. Swirl the pan to coat it. Quickly transfer the batter to the hot skillet and return the skillet to the oven.
6. Bake until browned and pulling away from the skillet. Serve hot in wedges from the pan.
|Truman Capote's Family's Cornbread|
For those who are following the epic struggle between species of poultry the current score is Ducks 66, Chickens 0.