Golden Yellow Corn Bread or Muffins

I have been making this cornbread recipe since about 1999. It came from the back of a bag of stone-ground corn meal. The brand is unimportant but you must always use stone-ground corn meal without baking powder, baking soda, nor salt. The good stuff has no sodium; the bad stuff has a lot. And please, no corn bread mixes in the little boxes and pouches!

A cast-iron skillet makes excellent corn bread with a crusty exterior and a tender interior. But my grandmother made the best corn bread in huge metal pans like you’d bake lasagna in.

From the back of a bag of Indian Head Yellow Corn Meal

Makes 8 wedges in a skillet, 9 squares in a 9-inch pan, or 12 muffins

1 c. stone-ground corn meal

1 c. sifted flour (I use ¾ c. AP and ¼ c. white whole wheat.)

¼ c. sugar (I use 1/8 c. real ad 1/8 c. Splenda.)

3 t. baking powder

1 t. salt

¼ c. soft shortening

1 c. milk (Usually I use low-fat moo juice, but I have also used unsweetened almond and soy milks.)

1 egg, beaten

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. (I put 1 T. of butter in a cold skillet, which I put in the preheating oven while I mix up the batter. If I use a baking dish, I spray it with cooking spray.)

2. Combine corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Cut in shortening.

3. Mix milk and egg together and add to the dry ingredients with a few swift strokes. Pour into a greased skillet or a greased 9x9x2-inch pan.

4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

5. For muffins. fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 20 minutes at 425. Makes 12 muffins.

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