Granny's Cornbread

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"This is my Granny Ganus' recipe. Everyone loved Granny's cornbread! I remember as a child biting off one end and spooning out the dough, then filling it with peas and snaps then eating! It was the best! I love making these and my kids love eating them! The cornmeal for this is labeled "extra fine" and I've been able to find it at Winn Dixie and Walmart, but only in the South. It can be labeled as Halls, Hoover or others, but the texture is very close to that of flour. This is not a "healthy" type of cornbread. My granny used lard when making these but you can use canola oil and it's still awesome! I also use an iron skillet just as she did and a "special" large metal spoon that is just the right size to make these. I dip it into water before scooping up the mix and drop it into the hot oil. I get almost the same shape as Granny's! This can be deep fried as well. Update: I now use cookie or ice cream scoops to drop these into hot oil. I quadruple this recipe but this is so there is plenty to go around. Please let me know if you like it!"

Original recipe yields 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (42.8 g)
  • Calories 48.5
  • Total Fat - 1.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 30.7 mg
  • Sodium - 120.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 7.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
  • Sugars - 0.5 g
  • Protein - 2 g
  • Calcium - 27.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Mix cornmeal, salt and baking powder together.

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Add boiling water and stir well, it will be very stiff (the boiling water will start the cooking process before you fry it).

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Add egg and milk beat until well mixed. The batter will be stiff and very sticky, this is normal. You can wet hands and shape into submarine shaped ovals and drop into hot oil like Granny did (you must keep hands wet or batter will stick to hands). Or drop by spoon fulls or use a cookie/ice cream scoop.

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Brown on all sides and remove.

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Place on paper towels to drain off excess oil.

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Serve and enjoy!

Tips & Variations

  • A mixing bowl
  • Paper towels



More like hush puppies than cornbread to me. Very good too!

review by:
(14 Aug 2016)