Yielding an old-fashioned, dense cornbread that bakes in the skillet, this is the tried-and-true formula of buttermilk and cornmeal.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup stone ground cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon shortening
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Melt the shortening in one 9 inch round iron skillet in the heating oven.
Stir the cornmeal, salt and baking soda together. Add the egg and buttermilk and mix well.
Remove skillet from the oven and pour the batter into the skillet, stirring the melted shortening into the batter.
Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven when top of cornbread is brown and turn out on to a serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve immediately with butter.