Impress you friends with your very own Perfect Batch of Homemade Cornbread, none of that nasty play-doh stuff out of a bag. This is all from scratch and is super easy to make.
Step 1: The Stuff You Need
1 cup of yellow cornmeal
1 cup of white flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder- if you add too much it makes the corn bread metallic tasting, but it takes quite a bit.
1 teaspoon of salt
milk- I like skim but what ever
1/2 cup of oil- I like olive oil but what ever as long as it isnt rancid (aka oxidized)
Spray oil- PAM or something like that
Step 2: Mix It Up
This part is easy. All the dry ingredients go in to the bowl and mix until there is now streaks and the powder looks all the same. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl, flour likes to hide in the corners.I usually "hand" measure the salt. Its handier then finding a teaspoon. After the dry is all mixed up add the eggs and the oil and mix it up some more. I usually use a stout fork for this because the batter is very thick and I am trying to break up all of the lumps. Who wants lumpy cornbread? Once everything is all mixed up add just enough milk to allow the batter to pour, about as stiff as pancake batter. Mix it some more. Don't add more milk because its too stiff until its mixed very very well, the milk hides in corners too.
Step 3: Grease the Pan
Whoa this part is even easier and its fun. Spray the oil on to the pan. That's it. I normally pretend I am spray painting a race car, trying to get a nice even coat.
Step 4: Into the Pan It Goes
Like the title says, pour it into the pan. Its self leveling just get it in the pan, no worries.
Step 5: Turn Up the Heat
About 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees F. A better way to judge is to wait till the top is a nice gold en brown and then stick a butter knife in the middle. if the knife comes out clean is good to go, if it has wet batter on it still cook it longer.
Step 6: Time to Eat
A little butter on it and time for the best part...consumption! Thanks and enjoy.