Granny's Skillet & Skillet Cornbread

Monday, October 25, 2010

My dear Grandmother would have celebrated her 92nd birthday this last week -- if she was still with us. She went home to be with the Lord almost 18 years ago. I will always miss her very much! Grandpa joined her the following year and when their home was cleared out and readied to sell, I was able to take a couple things. One was my Grandma's rocker and the other was her old cast iron skillet. I treasure both, but most especially the skillet. I use it several times a week and each time I grip it's handle, I know I am griping where her hands griped uncountable times. That gives me comfort.

One of Grandma's favorites was always cornbread and buttermilk. I found myself wanting to bake some in her skillet over the I did. Not a better cast iron dish than cornbread. And perfect with soup for a soul satisfying supper!

Skillet Cornbread
(Printable Version)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white or yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon butter

Heat oven to 400°F. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Stir in buttermilk, 1/3 cup melted butter and eggs just until mixture is moistened. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy cast iron or oven-proof 10-inch skillet (2 to 4 minutes). Immediately pour batter into pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.

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