My 8-year-old son just got back from an airplane trip with my dad to the Oshkosh air show in Wisconsin. They went with three other Super Decathlon airplanes from Chattanooga, slept in tents by their airplanes, learned the science of flight and watched airplanes and helicopters do tricks. They had a blast.
That and many other trips have kept this little son of mine very busy this summer. And, while I'm a proud and thankful mama, I've also missed my little red head. So, in honor of him coming home, I made one of his favorite breakfasts today — cornbread.
My cornbread recipe is my great grandmother's, whose father owned a bakery in Illinois in the early 1900s. He even owned the first car in the county for deliveries. I know you're reading between the lines and thinking, "This isn't SOUTHERN cornbread." And, yeah yeah. But it's good. Even my born-and-raised-in-the-South husband loves it. So there.
And I also found some local cornmeal last week that I've wanted to try — Country Boy Brand yellow cornmeal from Denham Springs.
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup cornmeal*
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 tbsp sugar
- 1 1/3 cup milk
- 1/3 cup oil (I use extra light olive oil)
- 2 eggs
- Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Whisk milk, oil and eggs in a separate bowl.
- Pour liquid ingredients into dry, stirring lightly so it's still lumpy.
- Pour into greased cast iron skillet (I use ghee to grease).
- Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from the center.
- *I used Country Boy Brand cornmeal, but I prefer stone ground