In Search of Cornbread Recipe for 12in. Skillet
Fancy fois gras, kobe beef, truffles, and caviar are all swell and dandy, I'm sure, but there just ain't nothin' like some good ol' homemade crisp-crusted cornbread every now and then to really satisfy the soul, am I right?
Now the best stuff is undoubtedly made in a hot skillet, preferably coated with bacon drippings, and I'm in need of a good recipe for my new 12 inch cast iron baby.
Most recipes I've come across online call for either an 8 or 10 inch skillet, and I'm leery of using 'em, for fear of producing a thin, meek cornbread.
If there are any hounds out there with a sure-fire cornbread recipe that calls for a 12 inch skillet, well heck! Hit reply and share that there humdinger! I'd be much obliged, friends.
I'll be sure to post back with a review and photos of my efforts!
TacosX2 is absolutely right.
Corn bread is a great way to improv if you have leftovers. I fry up a pound of bacon in my (once Grandmother's once kosher ::yikes::) 12" cast iron skillet. Using some of that leftover grease in the still warm pan, I pour in the batter and also add grated sharp cheddar, the kernels cut off off raw ears (or use frozen corn from the bag or a small can of creamed corn) and diced jalapenos to kick it up to "ouch." If there is any leftover bacon (or sausage from breakfast) I often crumble and toss that in too...
If you prefer your cornbread sweet rather than savory, you can experiment instead with diced mango, diced banana, or diced apples. Jalapeno+mango is fun too.
(If you are in a hurry, I like - http://www.jiffymix.com/ best.)
Using the hot bacon grease (or a healthier oil or pam) to coat your skillet you mix all dry ingredients and then all wet ones and then mix together to make batter. (Add-ons are grated cheddar or jack or jalapeno jack cheese, bacon, sausage, jalapenos etc)
Sift together 2c cornmeal, 1/2c flour, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tbsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp baking soda.
Stir in a mixture of 2c buttermilk, 2 eggs, and 2 tbsp soft butter plus 2 c corn kernels. Pour the batter into the hot skillet & into a 400 degree oven. Bake until golden brown; a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean.