I have never mastered making it because I just got good with regular cornbread. I can cook my butt off with some recipes, but my sister takes after Mama - which means she does everything more by "feel" and "sense" than measuring... She says that, depending on how big you want the bread patties, you can get quite a few pieces out of this version of the recipe. *shrug* Well, here we go:
***What you need***
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 cups water
- apprx tsp of butter
- apprx 2 Tbls fried meat grease or bacon drippings or even Crisco (but not Olive Oil!)
- enough cooking oil to cover the bottom of your skillet to almost 1/4 inch up the side.
- a medium-sized mixing spoon (about three times size of a regular soup or place spoon)
- a mixing bowl
- paper towels to drain cooked bread
- a pot to boil the water
- Mix together the cornmeal, salt & sugar in the bowl with a fork. Set aside. This is your "dry mix."
- Put the 2 cups of water in pot and let come to a boil. When water is boiling, stir in the 2 Tblsp of fried meat grease and the tsp of butter & let it all boil again. This is your "hot water mix."
- Get your skillet & cooking oil ready for frying. You are going to want the frying oil hot enough to "pop water."
- Slowly add some of the water mix to the dry mix in the bowl, stirring it in. You only want to add enough of the hot water mix to get a mushy consistency that will let you scoop the mush with the mixing spoon.
- When your skillet & frying oil is ready, you can start frying the scoops of cornmeal. Don't let it cook too fast or slow. Too fast & it will burn; too slow & it will be over oily.
- Let each side brown as much as you want. (My sister likes hers crunchy, but I like mine golden & kind of soft.) Take out & drain on paper towels.