The simplest recipe for cornbread involves mixing cornmeal with sugar, salt, water and shortening or bacon fat. Little cakes are then fried and served warm, drizzled with honey or maple syrup.
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 3/4 cup boiling water
In a medium bowl, combine cornmeal, salt, and sugar. Add boiling water and shortening; stir until shortening melts.
Pour oil or bacon fat to a depth of 1/2 inch in a large skillet and heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Shape cornmeal mixture into flattened balls using a heaping tablespoon as a measuring guide. Fry each in hot oil, turning once, until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Serve at once with maple syrup or honey.