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Posted: 1/19/2015 6:02:20 PM EST
I love corn bread but it can be a little dry and tasteless. Going to make some from a package from the store shortly. I usually add some sugar and cinnamon, but still ends up dry'ish. What's your suggestions on doctoring up store bought?
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:04:32 PM EST
add butter
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:06:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By explodingvarmints:
sugar and cinnamon
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Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:07:21 PM EST
Originally Posted By explodingvarmints:
I love corn bread but it can be a little dry and tasteless. Going to make some from a package from the store shortly. I usually add some sugar and cinnamon, but still ends up dry'ish. What's your suggestions on doctoring up store bought?
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I think I may have found the problem
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:07:53 PM EST
Add some creamed corn to the mix, really moistens it up.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:10:59 PM EST
Cream corn and green chilies go great in corn bread.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:11:56 PM EST
Put you pan (preferably cast iron) in the oven as it preheats. Make your batter. I add I tsp of sugar. I like a little sweet but don't want cake batter. When oven is preheated put 2 table spoons of butter in the pan and let it melt. It should be sizzling. Pour in batter and put in oven.
This will make your crust and edges sweet, brown and crunchy good and leave your middle soft
Add a table spoon of bacon grease to make it even moar gooder.

Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:16:13 PM EST
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Add some creamed corn to the mix, really moistens it up.
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Yep, this man knows how to cook.

Add a bit of kosher or sea salt to the top before baking

Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:16:31 PM EST
This is a very good recipe.
It's moist and has a nice flavor. I often add corn kernels also. I use a cast iron pan to cook it in and it leaves a nice outside crust but you don't have to do that.
I've done it with both white and yellow corn meal and notice no difference.
I'd love to get a real "corny" corn meal if someone can recommend a good brand.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:17:26 PM EST
Put a can of chili beans in the middle.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:19:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By explodingvarmints:
I love corn bread but it can be a little dry and tasteless. Going to make some from a package from the store shortly. I usually add some sugar and cinnamon, but still ends up dry'ish. What's your suggestions on doctoring up store bought?
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Sugar and cinnamon? That's called cake, not cornbread.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:23:28 PM EST
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No, shit.

OP, I see you're from Michigan but you ain't got to act like a Yankee!
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:25:01 PM EST
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Put a can of chili beans in the middle.
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Why? You eat cornbread with beans anyways.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:25:07 PM EST
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and then cook it in a skillet like pancakes.


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Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:26:53 PM EST
Real cornbread has buttermilk, an egg, and corn meal. It don't come out of a box and it don't have sugar and it sure don't have cinnamon. Now, after it's cooked right, it's real good with butter melted on it and covered with Sorghum Syrup. Of course, that's after you ate the first piece with your beans and greens.

Sugar and cinnamon? WTF?
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:27:33 PM EST
OP, you could make cornbread casserole. Cornbread mix as mixed per instructions plus creamed corn, and a thick layer of cheddar on top.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:28:43 PM EST
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Originally Posted By m193:
Real cornbread has buttermilk, an egg, and corn meal. It don't come out of a box and it don't have sugar and it sure don't have cinnamon. Now, after it's cooked right, it's real good with butter melted on it and covered with Sorghum Syrup. Of course, that's after you ate the first piece with your beans and greens.

Sugar and cinnamon? WTF?
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It doesn't have baking powder in it? How does it rise?
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:31:14 PM EST
A whole lot of WTF in this thread, cornbread don't have sugar or cinnamon or any of that other shit, put a cast iron skillet on a burner with a big spoon full of bacon grease, mix your cornmeal and a small amount of flour, eggs, buttermilk and salt and pepper. Mix pour in skillet still on heat, cook for a minute and bake in oven at 450 til brown on top.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:33:14 PM EST
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Roast a couple of Jalapeño or Serrano chiles. (I use a propane torch.) Peel the skin off. Discard the seeds and mince them up. Add that to the cornbread.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:33:15 PM EST
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It doesn't have baking powder in it? How does it rise?
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Originally Posted By m193:
Real cornbread has buttermilk, an egg, and corn meal. It don't come out of a box and it don't have sugar and it sure don't have cinnamon. Now, after it's cooked right, it's real good with butter melted on it and covered with Sorghum Syrup. Of course, that's after you ate the first piece with your beans and greens.

Sugar and cinnamon? WTF?


It doesn't have baking powder in it? How does it rise?

Yeah, I left out some ingredients. I make the biscuits, not the cornbread, but I do know it's not supposed to be cake.

The cast iron pans used for cornbread end up with the best seasoning layer.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:34:02 PM EST
We always keep some jiffy cornbread mix for something in a pinch.

I add about a tablespoon of honey and some crushed red pepper flakes and then let it sit for about 5 minutes before putting it in a pan.

The key is to not overcook it and I will also throw a towel over it after popping it out of the pan to help to keep it from drying out.

Sometimes I will make it with a mini muffin pan. Works good that way if you like "end pieces" and the kids like them that way too. Also makes for easy leftovers in a small ziplock with less mess.
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Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:34:58 PM EST
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Yeah, I left out some ingredients. I make the biscuits, not the cornbread, but I do know it's not supposed to be cake.

The cast iron pans used for cornbread end up with the best seasoning layer.
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Originally Posted By buckshot_jim:
Originally Posted By m193:
Real cornbread has buttermilk, an egg, and corn meal. It don't come out of a box and it don't have sugar and it sure don't have cinnamon. Now, after it's cooked right, it's real good with butter melted on it and covered with Sorghum Syrup. Of course, that's after you ate the first piece with your beans and greens.

Sugar and cinnamon? WTF?


It doesn't have baking powder in it? How does it rise?

Yeah, I left out some ingredients. I make the biscuits, not the cornbread, but I do know it's not supposed to be cake.

The cast iron pans used for cornbread end up with the best seasoning layer.



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Yeah, WTF. Your making cake not cornbread.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 6:42:17 PM EST
OP is a Yankee that thinks cake is cornbread.

This is cornbread - thin and fried

Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:03:22 PM EST
I am a Yankee....sorry, but I know what I like. Yes, I've had awesome corn bread while in the south, and even my favorite while at a place up here in Michigan from a place called Bad Brads that is smoked. Just trying to do a simple/lazy oven type.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:05:54 PM EST
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I am a Yankee....sorry, but I know what I like. Yes, I've had awesome corn bread while in the south, and even my favorite while at a place up here in Michigan from a place called Bad Brads that is smoked. Just trying to do a simple/lazy oven type.
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Don't worry about it. Those are the same people that eat those cheese straw abominations.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:20:08 PM EST
As for sweet cornbread, I like cornbread sticks like that. Almost like cake.

Now, as to your dry cornbread issue, there is a pretty simple fix.

Bacon.

Yes, the solution to almost any food issue.

So, fry up about a half pound of bacon, nice and crisp. Remove the bacon, leave the grease.

Mix up you batter, add a bit extra milk. You use milk, right? Put the skillet with the bacon grease into the hot oven for about 10 minutes, or until the grease starts to smoke a bit.

While you are waiting, crumble the bacon and add it to the batter.

Now, take the skillet out. Pour the hot grease into the batter, mix in with the crumbled bacon. Dump the batter into the hot skillet and bake the cornbread as usual.

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Yes.

Make beans. Spice beans and sausage.
Pour over cornbread.

But Cornbread with butter and some salt is yummy.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:26:24 PM EST
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Sugar and cinnamon? That's called cake, not cornbread.
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Originally Posted By explodingvarmints:
I love corn bread but it can be a little dry and tasteless. Going to make some from a package from the store shortly. I usually add some sugar and cinnamon, but still ends up dry'ish. What's your suggestions on doctoring up store bought?



Sugar and cinnamon? That's called cake, not cornbread.

yep
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:28:21 PM EST
Blasphemy, cornbread from a package.
Buttermilk and a egg for moisture.
Real Cracklin bread doesn't use bacon.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:28:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By m193:
Real cornbread has buttermilk, an egg, and corn meal. It don't come out of a box and it don't have sugar and it sure don't have cinnamon. Now, after it's cooked right, it's real good with butter melted on it and covered with Sorghum Syrup. Of course, that's after you ate the first piece with your beans and greens.

Sugar and cinnamon? WTF?
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And save a piece for later at night so you can crumple it up in a glass of buttermilk and eat it with a spoon. (Miss you, Gramma)
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:31:23 PM EST
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Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:32:50 PM EST
Can of Rotel drained
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:35:51 PM EST
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Cream corn and green chilies go great in corn bread.
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Or diced red peppers.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:43:07 PM EST
To get good cornbread, you need good cornmeal. You won't find that in the box at the store, either. You're really not saving much time using a boxed mix, why bother? There are only a few ingredients and any half decent cook should have them on hand.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 7:49:01 PM EST
Where's our retired U.S.N. chiefs and whatnots? Navy bean soup on top of course.
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Where's our retired U.S.N. chiefs and whatnots? Navy bean soup on top of course.
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Mmm... Navy beans, crock pot, pig tails. Mmm
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:03:47 PM EST
bacon/green chilis or jalapenos is pretty tasty in cornbread
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Reminds me of my mothers.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:11:21 PM EST
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Originally Posted By m193:
Real cornbread has buttermilk, an egg, and corn meal. It don't come out of a box and it don't have sugar and it sure don't have cinnamon. Now, after it's cooked right, it's real good with butter melted on it and covered with Sorghum Syrup. Of course, that's after you ate the first piece with your beans and greens.

Sugar and cinnamon? WTF?
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This.

Fuck using Milk.

Buttermilk or Cream, and it wont be dry.

Cream corn works, but nobody really knows what goes into canned Cream corn...so YMMV.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:50:34 PM EST
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And save a piece for later at night so you can crumple it up in a glass of buttermilk and eat it with a spoon. (Miss you, Gramma)
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Originally Posted By m193:
Real cornbread has buttermilk, an egg, and corn meal. It don't come out of a box and it don't have sugar and it sure don't have cinnamon. Now, after it's cooked right, it's real good with butter melted on it and covered with Sorghum Syrup. Of course, that's after you ate the first piece with your beans and greens.

Sugar and cinnamon? WTF?


And save a piece for later at night so you can crumple it up in a glass of buttermilk and eat it with a spoon. (Miss you, Gramma)

I've had many a meal of just cornbread and buttermilk. Seventy-five years ago folks ate that because that's all they had, but they grew to love it. Then they taught us to love it too even though we had more variety in the cupboard.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:53:46 PM EST
Cut up pieces of hatch chilies....little honey...Yummmm
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:55:08 PM EST
Where the recipe calls for oil, use bacon fat.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:59:07 PM EST
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Sugar and cinnamon? That's called cake, not cornbread.
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Originally Posted By explodingvarmints:
I love corn bread but it can be a little dry and tasteless. Going to make some from a package from the store shortly. I usually add some sugar and cinnamon, but still ends up dry'ish. What's your suggestions on doctoring up store bought?



Sugar and cinnamon? That's called cake, not cornbread.


If you want to sweeten it up just spread a little butter and honey on it after it is served.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:01:03 PM EST
I just use the recipe out of the tried and true betty crocker cookbook.


Works fine. Sometimes I'll adjust it; diced green chile pepper and some shredded cheese, or just adding sugar for a slightly sweet taste. Almost always give a good pinch of cayenne.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 9:03:58 PM EST
Hand full of cheddar cheese and a few diced jalepanoes.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 10:04:14 PM EST
I want to cook every suggested recipie in this this thread and eat.
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 10:34:27 PM EST
I vary mine, sometimes some corn or creamed corn, chili powder, cheddar, chilies, honey, bacon, fried and diced ham......just whatever sounds and tastes good at the time. Served with beans, chili, ham and collards...????
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