Skillet Corn Bread

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Corn bread is a must when making chili and I either bake it in my trusty black cast iron skillet, or in small mini-loaf pans. Leftovers go in the freezer to have on hand for future meals - soups, or chili again.

This recipe is at least 11-years-old, as I recall making and bring it, with several ready made meals to help my daughter when she had her first child (our first grandchild).

Ever since, when the family gathers for a few days, I make a double batch corn bread and chili to handle a supper and several lunches for 8-10 people.

The taste of warm buttered corn bread drizzled with honey always delights family or guests.

Skillet Corn Bread
Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 Tab. Sugar
2 tsps. salt
2 tsps. baking power
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 425 with rack in center.  Place shortening in 8-10 inch cast iron skillet, then place skillet in oven.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppIn a 2 - quart bowl, whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder.

Corn Bread, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppIn smaller bowl, whisk milk and eggs until well blended.  Pour into dry ingredients until blended and a little lumpy. Carefully pour batter into hot skillet.  Cook until top is golden and toothpick comes out clean.  About 25 to 30 minutes.

I sometimes add 1/2 cup diced peppers (green, red etc.)  Or canned diced chili peppers. Can also spray or grease pans to make muffins, or mini-loaves, which bake in less time.  Makes 10 -12 servings.

Estimated cost: $1.50 or less; .15 cents a serving or less.