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Serious Blue Corn Cornbread
Courtesy of Rural Spin
This is cornbread with the taste of full-on corn, and I like to use blue cornmeal because it has a higher protein content than yellow cornmeal, but you can use yellow for this recipe if you’d prefer. This recipe is also very quick and easy for everyday meals. The bread is very basic and rustic (but still moist), and is meant to be so (and since there is no wheat flour, it’s gluten-free). As an accompaniment to stews or hardy winter meals, this cornbread makes a great addition. But I’ve also eaten it for breakfast with eggs, or just a side of jam and butter.


cups Blue Cornmeal finely ground
teaspoon Salt  
teaspoon Baking Soda  
large Eggs  
1 1/2
cups Buttermilk or Sour Milk or take your milk and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes
tablespoons Maple Syrup, Honey, or Molasses  
tablespoons Bacon Fat or Coconut Oil  


  1. It is better to use a cast iron skillet for this recipe; you’ll notice the difference in the taste! But you can use a rectangular baking dish of appropriate size, too.
  2. Take your skillet (or rectangular baking dish) and place the bacon fat or coconut oil in it. Place in the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. While the pan is heating, sift together your dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix your eggs and buttermilk/sour milk well.
  4. Add your wet mixture into your flour mixture and combine.
  5. By this time your oven should be pre-heated. Remove the pan from the oven and swirl the melted fat/oil well to make sure the pan is covered. Then pour the remaining fat into your batter and blend until combined.
  6. Pour your batter into your skillet and return to the oven, baking until a tester inserted into the bread comes out clean, about 30 minutes (depending upon your oven).

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