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Cornbread made in iron skillet








Seriously, I don’t think you can get away with living in Oklahoma and profess to be a chef or home cook extraordinaire without having a good solid cornbread recipe under your belt.  It pairs beautifully with beans and ham and chili and for gosh sakes, you must have this in your culinary arsenal if you’re going to bake cornbread based stuffing/dressing which I’ll be showing you later this week.  Oh yes, and in the name of all that is good and holy, you really need to make it in an cast iron skillet to be truly authentic.  Although I  confess that I made cornbread for years in a regular ol’ 9 x 9 baking dish and it was just fine, but if you happen to have an iron skillet, it’s all the better!

If there was a fire and I had to take one pot or pan with me, it would be a toss up between this iron skillet my mother handed down to me a few years back and my 5.5 quart Le Creuset dutch oven.  The firemen would probably have to come in and rescue me to force me to decide.



The crispiness imparted on cornbread from an iron skillet is truly unmatched by an ordinary baking dish.  But you can also skip the whole preheat the skillet thing and just make this recipe in a regular 9 x 9 pan.

To start, preheat your oven to 400º and spray or oil your iron skillet with some vegetable oil and pop it right into the oven.  I don’t like to spray my cast iron, because I think it sometimes leaves a somewhat “gummy” residue.  I use about a tablespoon of oil and rub it around with a brush or paper towel. If you want to super authentic, rub some bacon grease around in the pan for a truly but slightly less-healthy experience.


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Now you’ll need to gather all the necessary ingredients, dry and wet.


cornbread ingredients


Then it’s as simple as mixing together the dry ingredients – yellow cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, a tiny bit of sugar and salt.  Savory southern cornbread really should be super sweet.


Cornbread dry ingredients


Take a whisk and mix it all up really well.


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Then do the same with your wet ingredients.  Melt one stick of butter or 8 tablespoons, better known as 1/2 cup.


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Pour it all into a mixing bowl along with the buttermilk and eggs.  You can buy a small container of buttermilk, OR you can do it the cheaters way and mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar into one cup of milk.  I think the real thing is just better though.


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Mix this all together.


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And then simply pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones.


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Stir it all up.  It will be a bit lumpy and almost sponge like looking.


mix cornbread ingredients


By now your skillet should be smoking hot and for the LOVE OF PETE make sure you use a hot pad to get it out of the oven.  I have permanent scars from not doing this.  It’s not pretty I tell ya.


Cornbread batter


Spread it out and you’ll probably start to hear a sizzle as the batter hits the hot pan.  You can also give the pan a vigorous shake to level it out which is much quicker.

Pop it into the hot oven and in 20 minutes, the top should be browning and cracking a bit, and the edges should be browning up and crisping as well.


Cornbread made in iron skillet




Let it rest for just a few minutes, and then cut it up and serve it hot with butter and honey or, if you live in the southwest like I do, some hot sauce on the side.


cornbread with butter and honey


We love us some hot sauce here in the southwest. It’s on every table of every restaurant everywhere and you will pry it out of our cold dead fingers after the next Civil War, which will happen if you try to take it away from us.

Now you have a tried and true basic southern style cornbread recipe.  Add a little more sugar if you like it sweeter, or add some chopped jalapenos and some canned corn and shredded sharp cheddar cheese if you want it to be heartier.  Crumble it into some navy  beans and ham and you’ll be a bona fide southern cook.

And for gosh sakes, sprinkle on some hot sauce.

Southern Iron Skillet Cornbread

 

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Recipe type: bread

  • 1 T. vegetable or canola oil (or bacon grease)
  • 1½ c. cornmeal
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ c. or 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c. buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 425º
  2. Brush or wipe iron skillet or 9 x 9 pan with the oil
  3. If using iron skillet, place skillet in oven while you gather and mix the ingredients together (or about 10 minutes),
  4. Mix all dry ingredients together (first 6 ingredients after the oil) with a whisk well
  5. Melt butter for one minute in microwave in microwave safe dish and then stir, microwaving for 30 second increments, stirring after each time until melted
  6. Mix wet ingredients – melted butter, eggs and buttermilk together’
  7. Pour wet ingredients in with dry ones and mix with wooden spoon or spatula.
  8. Remove iron skillet from oven and pour batter in.
  9. Return to oven and check at 20 minutes.
  10. Edges should be browned and crisp and top should be browning and cracking.
  11. Serve warm with hot sauce, butter or honey.

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Pumpkin Biscuits Apple Butter





You know it’s that time again, when you start seeing a zillion recipes cropping up with ingredients like pumpkin, butternut squash and apples.

It’s Fall.



The Christmas song that quotes “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” should have been written about Fall as far as I’m concerned. After a few months of mind-numbing heat, browning grass and flowers, AND the steering wheel in my car practically searing my hands to blisters every time I get in it, the coolness and beauty of Fall is something I always look forward to.

And dishes with pumpkin.

I love incorporating pumpkin into traditional sweet dishes like Maple Pumpkin Crème Brulee, Pumpkin Cookies with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting, Pumpkin Scones, and Pumpkin Crisp. But tonight I mixed some into some biscuit dough to create a savory biscuit that is moist and delicious. We spread Apple Honey Butter on top of them and oh my, were they fabulous!


pumpkin biscuits


They are pretty easy to make as well so join me in making these this fall!

First you want to sift all your dry ingredients together. Measure out two cups of flour into a fine mesh sieve, or whatever sifter you happen to have. Add in one tablespoon of baking powder, 1 tablespoon of sugar, ½ teaspoon of kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. Sift this all together into a large mixing bowl.


Sift dry ingredients


This next step is important for making your biscuits light and flaky.

ICE COLD butter.

Take a stick of frozen butter and using a box grater, grate the butter completely. Then add it right into your dry ingredients. It will be a somewhat crumbly mess. That’s okay.


Grate frozen butter


Now in a separate bowl, add in one cup of pure pumpkin puree. DON’T get the pumpkin pie mix. They look very similar! Add it to ¾ cup of milk. Whisk it all together.

Wet ingredients pumpkin muffins




Pour it into the dry ingredients/butter mixture and using a rubber spatula just begin to mix it up. When you’ve gotten as much of the dry ingredients mixed in as possible, turn the whole mess onto a floured countertop or cutting board and begin to work it with your hands. Not too much, but just until it’s all mixed nicely. It doesn’t have to be super smooth (in fact, it shouldn’t be), and can be a little rough.

Pat it into a circle and take your rolling pin and roll it out one way, then turn the rolling pin or dough and give it a roll the other way.


Pumpkin Biscuit Dough


This way your dough keeps the shape of a circle instead of becoming really long because you’re alternating rolling it in different directions. You want it to be just under an inch tall or closer to ¾ inch. Take a 3-inch biscuit cutter and cut as many biscuits as you can with it. (Use a glass if you don’t have a biscuit cutter or even the ring off a mason jar.)


biscuit cutters


Place the cut biscuits on a baking sheet.


Pumpkin Biscuits


I like to use a Silpat mat on mine but parchment works wonderfully as well. Take your leftover dough and shape it into a ball again and roll it to ¾ inch again. Cut out more biscuits. This recipe makes exactly sixteen biscuits nicely for me.

Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, then Remove them form the oven and brush them with melted butter.

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Pumpkin Biscuits brush with butter


Remove them and let them cool and top them with some of my Apple Honey Butter. (Click here for recipe)


Pumpkin Biscuits with Apple Honey Butter



It truly IS the most wonderful time of the year.

Fall goodness.


Pumpkin Biscuits Apple Honey Butter


 

Pumpkin Biscuits

 

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  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 T. sugar
  • ½ t. kosher salt
  • ¼ t.baking soda
  • ¾ c. milk
  • 1 c. pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 stick butter, frozen
  • Melted butter for brushing tops (about ½ stick)
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together and sift into large bowl.
  2. Mix milk and pumpkin together in another bowl.
  3. Grate stick of butter on large holes of box grater right into the dry ingredients and then mix with spatula. Mixture will still be pretty dry.
  4. Add in pumpkin/milk mixture and when ball starts forming, turn out onto floured surface.
  5. Knead with hands as minimally as possible just until flour is mostly absorbed (batter will still be rough and not super smooth)
  6. Form disk and roll with rolling pin once in each direction and then once in the opposite direction until dough is ¾ inch high.
  7. Cut with 3 inch biscuit cutters, mason jar lid or glass.
  8. Place on sprayed baking sheet or baking sheet lined with Silpat mat or parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and brush each biscuit with melted butter. Return to oven for 3 minutes.
  10. Serve warm. Famtastic with Apple Honey Butter!

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Crunchy Topped Blueberry White Chocolate Muffins

blueberry white chocolate muffin

Summer is here and blueberries will sure to be busting out all over!

I love the warm gooey tang of a blueberry in baked goods and nothing shows them off better than this recipe for Crunchy Topped Blueberry White Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Warm bursting blueberries along with white chocolate chunks? It’s a winner I tell you.




The great thing about this muffin recipe is that you can switch out the blueberries for raspberries, or even chopped up strawberries or apples. It’s versatile, moist and has a crunchy wonderful topping!

blueberry white chocolate muffin

These are a great treat for Sunday brunch, a girl’s breakfast, or just to take to work and watch people hug you with joy. Serve them with a tall cup of java, an icy glass of milk, or a chai latte for a special treat once in awhile. The tops are especially yummy with their crunchy sugary sprinkling. Muffin tops are the always the best art aren’t they?

Remember the “Muffin Top” episode of Seinfeld?

Elaine:

Here’s your problem. You’re making just the muffin tops. You’ve gotta make the *whole* muffin. Then you… Pop the top, toss the stump. Taste.

Remember Kramer driving all those “stumps” around on his tour bus? That was one of my favorite episodes ever. 

Now, let’s make muffins!

The instructions are simple – mix the dry ingredients, combine the wet ingredients, add them together and fold in some blueberries and white chocolate pieces. Top them with a simple topping and that’s it.  Let’s get baking!

First we’ll mix up all our dry ingredients.  Into a medium-sized mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder.  Take a whisk and stir them up well.

mix dry ingredients

Next we need to do the same with our wet ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl add 1/3 cup vegetable oil, one teaspoon of vanilla and one egg.  Also add in 1/3 cup of buttermilk. You can make your own buttermilk substitute by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to a one cup measuring cup and then filling it with milk and letting it stand for five minutes.You can just use milk if you like, but buttermilk has an acidity that reacts with the baking soda or powder and makes your muffins, cakes, etc lighter and fluffier and yummier, so give it a try!


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Lightly mix it for about 20 seconds.


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Then add about half of your dry ingredients mixture.

dry ingredients mix

Mix 10 seconds then add your remaining dry ingredients. Mix again.


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The mixture is relatively thick,  and that’s okay! We need a thicker batter to hold up to the topping we’ll add later.

Now, add in one cup of white chocolate chips and one cup of blueberries.

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And gently  fold these in evenly.

Line your muffin tin with muffin liners (or you can spray them with baking spray).


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Using an ice cream scoop, Scoop your batter evenly into 9 muffin liners. You could stretch them to a dozen and make them a bit smaller, but I like them good-sized.

scoop muffin dough

Add them into your muffin liners.

Now we’ll make our crunchy topping.

In a medium bowl, add 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Give it a mix with the whisk.


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Add in 2 tablespoons of softened butter. It’s important to have it soft so it will mix properly.

softened butter

Now, using a fork, mash the butter into the dry mixture until it’s all worked in and there aren’t large lumps of butter.


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Once it’s mixed, sprinkle a good tablespoon over each of your muffins.

muffin crunchy topping

Then pop them into a 350º oven for 20 minutes.

oven bake muffins

Remove them and don’t let them get too cool!
blueberry white chocolate muffin

Because when you slice into them with a fork, you’ll see just how tender, moist they are and how the berries are bursting with their heated juciness while the white chocolate pieces are warm and gooey.


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Here’s the printable recipe just for you!

Crunchy Topped Blueberry White Chocolate Muffins

 

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  • 1½ c. all-purpose flour
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • ½ t. salt
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • ⅓ c. vegetable oil
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ buttermilk
  • 1 c. fresh blueberries
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips
  • ⅔ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. flour
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 2 T. butter, softened
  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Spray muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  3. Combine 1½ cups flour, ¾ cup sugar, salt and baking powder.
  4. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup;
  5. add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup.
  6. Mix this with flour mixture.
  7. Gently fold in blueberries and chocolate chips.
  8. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  9. Mix together all ingredients with fork. Sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  10. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

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For other great recipes using berries check out these other blogs featuring berries for Food Network’s virtual Summer Fest!

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The Lemon BowlStrawberry Mango Chia Smoothie
Jeanette’s Healthy LivingGingered Blueberry Shortcakes With Light Creamy Topping
Taste With The EyesBlueberry Limoncello Pavlova
Sweet Life BakePaletas de Fresca y Aguacate
Napa Farmhouse 1885Mixed Berry Tea Cake 
Red or Green?Strawberry & Blueberry Crisp (Red or Green-style)
Virtually HomemadeBlueberry Mint Margaritas
Haute Apple PieTriple Berry Ice Cream
Pinch My SaltStrawberry Peach Cobbler With Almond Biscuit Topping
Cooking With EliseDehydrating Blueberries, Plus Blueberry and White Chocolate Cookies
DevourFour Healthy Berry Recipes
Domesticate MeSummer Berry Crisp
WeeliciousBrainy Breakfast
The Sensitive EpicureStrawberries With White Balsamic Vinegar Caramel, Orange Zest and Black Pepper
Daily*DishinFresh and Easy Blueberry Pie
From My Corner of SaratogaMixed Berry Freezer Pops
FN DishWake Up With Berries

 

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