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Cornbread

Recipe excerpted The Last Schmaltz

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cornmeal
  • ¾ cup grits
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced small
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 ½ cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup duck fat or pork lard

WHAT YOU DO:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and place a 12 inch cast iron pan inside to get hot.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, grits, baking powder, salt, sugar, jalapenos, and cheddar.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk.
  4. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix gently by hand.
  5. Once your batter is ready, take the cast iron pan out of the oven and add the duck fat to the pan. Move it around so the whole surface gets coated with the fat, including the sides of the pan.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and return to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for another 30 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven. Using a toothpick, poke a hole in the center of the cornbread. If the toothpick comes out clean, you’re done. If not, return the pan to the oven for another few minutes, then check again.
  8. Let the pan cool for a few minutes, then flip it upside down onto a resting rack to cool completely.