Country Corn Cakes

Other than buttermilk biscuits and red-eye gravy, country ham's best companion is a corn cake. Known throughout the Mid-South simply as cornbread, it is a batter-based circle of steamy starchiness that is griddle-cooked just like a morning pancake. It comes on the side of many meat-and-three meals and serves as a wonderful sop for pushing through gravy of any kind. Most Southern cooks use White Lily self-rising flour and self-rising corn meal; but if you can't get them, it's almost as easy to use baking powder and soda, as follows. This recipe makes 8-10 cakes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white cornmeal
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn oil
  • Butter for frying
Method
  • Mix together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, add the baking soda to the buttermilk, then beat in the eggs, sugar, and corn oil.
  • Melt a couple of tablespoons of butter in a heavy skillet over medium high heat.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients, but do not overbeat.
  • Pour the batter into the hot skillet, using about 1/3 cup to make cakes four inches in diameter.
  • Cook each cake until it is light brown on its underside, 1 - 2 minutes, then flip and cook it a half minute more.
  • Add butter to the skillet as you cook more cakes.
  • Serve them immediately with a pat of butter for each.

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