We had chili and cornbread for dinner tonight in honor of it being the first day of fall. I'm pretty sure everyone has a good chili recipe they like, so I'm not spot-lighting that, but the cornbread! (If you don't have a good chili recipe where everyone always asks for seconds, leave a note and I'll post it) This cornbread recipe has been passed down on my mother's side of the family for I don't know how long. It doesn't really matter though, since it's so good, I just like saying it. Typically, I put this in the cast iron skillet (everything is better in cast iron!), but sometimes I'll just throw it in an 8x8 and toss it in the toaster oven.
Old-fashioned Skillet Cornbread
Active time:10 minutes
Bake time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Serving suggestions: Any soup (lentil is fabulous!), chili, or stew. If there are any leftovers, we like to break it up in a bowl and pour some milk and sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on top for a breakfast treat.
What you'll need:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup canola oil OR applesauce*
- 1 cup milk** OR ¾ cup almond milk + ¼ cup water
- 2 eggs OR 2 TBLS flaxseed meal added in with dry ingredients
- ½ tsp vanilla extract (opt)
What you'll do:
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Grease a 2 QT baking dish: 8x8, 8x11, or swirl 1 TBLS oil in a large cast iron skillet (my favorite way!)
- Combine all dry ingredients in small bowl.
- Combine all wet ingredients in a larger bowl.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ones, mixing as you pour. Make sure there aren't any lumps.
- Pour corn bread mixture into greased baking dish.
- Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts (per serving, 1/6 of recipe**):
Calories 311 (Calories from fat 105); Total Fat 12g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 63mg; Sodium 567mg; Potassium 168mg; Total Carbohydrate 46g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Sugars 13g; Protein 7g; Vitamins/Minerals - Vitamin A 217 IU; Vitamin C 0mg; Calcium 244mg; Iron 2mg; Folate 53mcg
*please note that substitution of oil w/ applesauce cuts fat content substantially, but slightly increases carbohydrate & sugar content**nutrient analysis assumes fat free dairy milk, fortified w/ Vit A & D