Southern Cornbread

Yield:   8 servings

Active Time:  5 mins    Total Time: 30 minutes


1 tsp. vegetable shortening or vegetable oil

1 large egg

1 1/3 c milk or  1 3/4 c buttermilk

1/3 c vegetable oil

2 c. corn meal

1 T. baking powder

1 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 450.  Spoon shortening into 8- or 9-inch ovenproof skillet or 8- or 9-inch round or square baking pan.  Place in oven to heat for about 5 minutes
  2. Whisk egg in medium bowl.  Whisk in milk and oil.  Whisk in  baking powder and salt.  Stir in corn meal until smooth and pourable.  If too thick, add 1-2 tablespoons additional milk.
  3. Carefully tilt skillet or pan to coat bottom with shortening.  Pour batter into skillet.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown, and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.