Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to Make Authentic Southern Cornbread

Odis Jones is an experienced administrator who most recently served as CEO of Public Lighting Authority in Detroit. Outside of his interests in local government and economic development in Detroit and other US cities, Odis Jones enjoys good food from around the world. He is particularly fond of soul food.

Cornbread is a beloved soul food staple. In true Southern tradition, it should be savory, never sweet. To make perfect, authentic cornbread at home, follow this recipe from Andi Gleeson at The Weary Chef.

1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Add 1 tablespoon of shortening to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet and put it in the oven.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of cornmeal, one-half cup of all-purpose four, one-half teaspoon of kosher salt, one-half teaspoon of baking soda, and a little cayenne pepper if you want to add some spice.
3. In a separate bowl, lightly beat one egg. Beat 1 cup of buttermilk into the egg, then stir this mixture into the dry ingredients. 
4. Remove the heated skillet from the oven and pour the cornbread batter into the melted shortening. Without touching the bottom of the skillet, carefully spread the liquid shortening over the top of the batter. 
5. Bake for 17-20 minutes at 450 degrees F.