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Cornbread/Spoonbread recipe without sugar??

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I want to try this recipe tonight: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...
There's no sugar at all in the recipe, which seems a bit odd, but could be perfectly fine. Should I be wary?
Thanks! :)

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  1. Traditional spoonbread doesn't add sugar....I am from South Eastern Ky which is known for spoonbread

    Here is the recipe for Boone tavern
    http://flavorsofkentucky.wordpress.co...

    Oh I see that is what you have a link to as well.....Boone Tavern is the best spoonbread in the world...that is what spoonbread is suppose to taste like.

    4 Replies
    1. re: LaLa

      Is it better than just regular cornbread? The picture looks yummy. I want to serve it with chili.

      1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

        It's kind of a northern/southern thing but I think the southern non-sweet one is better w/ chili.

        1. re: CurlieGlamourGirlie

          It is not like cornbread at all in my opinion.....it is something we serve with "southern plate" not chili. I made it last week and served it with pork chops, collard greens, and mac and cheese.

          1. re: LaLa

            YUM! What a meal. As a displaced Southerner myself (born and raised in Dixie, but lived in Iowa for the past 30 years) I still find it odd that--while Southerners generally put sugar in EVERYTHING else (and too damned much in iced tea; that's one "food" I don't miss) we never, ever put it in our Sacred Corn Bread.

      2. If you want a sweet cornbread, by all means add it. I prefer NO sugar in my cornbread and I'm a Yankee.

        1. I made it according to the recipe, but chickened out and added 1/4c of sugar. I have to admit - it came out delicious! :) I did though, realize I had NO cornmeal, but had polenta and used that instead. Don't know if that makes a difference or not.

          Maybe next time I'll try the recipe as written, but last night I just wanted to make everyone happy!

          1. Mrs. is a W. Texas girl, and she positively loathes the idea of sugar in her cornbread or spoonbread. She uses bacon grease for her cornbread. Here's the recipe she's used for spoonbread: http://www.ansonmills.com/recipes-cor.... Try it; you'll like it!

            1. My family's cornbread recipe uses honey, not sugar - does that count?