Cornbread—especially liberally doused with butter and honey—was always a special treat when I was a girl, although it wasn’t as much of a staple in our northern home as it often is in southern homes. My mom served cornbread sometimes with fried chicken or chili, and as a mother, I tended to do the same. Being a health-food freak at the time, I always made my cornbread from scratch using cornmeal. Trouble was, I didn’t make it often enough, so the cornmeal would spoil before I used it all up! Did that ever happen to you?And then, voilà! I discovered there’s cornbread, and cornbread —the kind made with real corn, such as they serve down at Disney’s Trails’ End Restaurant in Fort Wilderness, served with honey butter.
That was a game changer for me! I threw out my cornmeal, bought some creamed corn, and started experimenting. If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool southerner or continue to be a health-food freak, you may not approve, but here’s what I’ve found as a super simple but very yummy way to make cornbread.
Empty into your mixer:
1 Jiffy corn muffin mix (please don’t tell)
1 can cream-style corn
1 egg (Note: Don’t use any milk, although the recipe on the box calls for it.)
(This is all you need, and I don’t usually add anything more, but if you want to make it addictively good, you can add 2 tablespoons each of sugar and melted butter. This tastes great, but I prefer to add my butter and honey on top.)
Mix it thoroughly, but don’t beat it up any more than necessary! Pour into an 8X8″ pan and bake for 30 minutes at 375°F (which is slightly lower than the directions on the jiffy mix, but the batter will be wetter and need a little longer to bake). It may take more like 35-40 minutes, but check it after 30. It’s done when the surface starts to turn a golden brown and tiny fissures start to appear. Serve it piping hot if possible (although warm is still fine), and be sure to have lots of butter and honey available!Our family are commoners, but it’s my firm belief that every man should feel like a king in his own castle, so that makes our husbands kings, too. True?
In the Bible, speaking of Jesus, it says, “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:5-6). According to these verses, every person who is saved by the blood of Jesus has become a king in God’s eyes, so even if we’re commoners by station, we can all be kings by status!