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Old Family Recipe for Making Moist Cornbread with Mayonnaise

An Old Family Recipe for Making Moist Cornbread with Mayonnaise

Aunt's Cornbread

As a child, I spent many summers with my cousin at my aunt's house, nestled at the top of a mountain. With horses, chickens, and pigs, it felt like a slice of heaven. One of my favorite memories is of my aunt making her famous cornbread. I watched her make it countless times, and now, even though she's no longer with us, I cherish and recreate her recipe often. People are often surprised when I mention that mayonnaise is one of the secret ingredients, but it always turns out perfect, with never a crumb left over.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cornmeal
  • 1 cup of gluten-free flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 to 2.5 cups of buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of salt
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

A slice of golden brown cornbread on a plate, with a side of fried cabbage, potatoes, and smoked sausage, ready to be enjoyed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Heat your oven to 375°F. As you prepare the batter, place a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat with 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, gluten-free flour, eggs, mayonnaise, buttermilk, sugar, and salt. Mix until the batter reaches a thick yet pourable consistency.
  3. Heat the Skillet: Once the oil in the skillet is hot, pour the batter into the skillet. The oil should sizzle slightly.
  4. Smooth the Top: Use a plastic spatula to smooth out the top of the batter in the skillet. You should see oil pooling around the edges of the batter, which is perfect.
  5. Bake: Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Serve: Let the cornbread cool slightly before serving. Enjoy it with fried cabbage, potatoes, and smoked sausage for a comforting, hearty meal.

Tips for Perfect Cornbread:

  • Consistency: The batter should be thick enough to hold its shape but not too stiff.
  • Hot Skillet: Ensuring the skillet and oil are hot before adding the batter helps create a crispy crust.
  • Buttermilk: Adjust the amount of buttermilk to get the desired batter consistency.

The Nostalgia of Family Recipes

Cooking this cornbread always brings back fond memories of my aunt and the summers spent on the mountain. It's a reminder to cherish family recipes and the stories that come with them. So, gather those beloved recipes from your family and keep the culinary traditions alive.

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