Southern Country Cornbread

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Watching my grandpa make cornbread over the years I am now soo sad I never asked him for the recipe, that and his biscuits are now lost forever, I am trying to recreate them and this is the closest I've come to the cornbread. Though it is nowhere near what he made. It is a tweaking of several recipes and of what I remember, and do not add sugar!! I will cry if anyone does!!

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  • add   3 tablespoons shortening (I use crisco butter flavor, or bacon drippings are awesome, too!)
  • add   1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • add   1/2 cup flour
  • add   1 cup cornmeal
  • add   1 teaspoon salt
  • add   1 teaspoon baking soda
  • add   1 tablespoon baking powder
  • add   2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°.
  2. Put the shortening in a cast-iron skillet and place in the oven till melted.
  3. Combine the cornmeal and flour. In seperate bowl whisk eggs until foamy then whisk in buttermilk. Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the cornmeal mixture.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix should be pourable. Take the hot skillet from the oven, pour the batter into the hot pan directly onto the melted hot shortening, this is what makes it sooo yummy!.
  5. Place back in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown or when knife inserted in center comes out clean.