Cracklin’ Corn Bread

Cracklin’ Corn Bread kicks up the standard with delicious and crunchy bits of cracklins! A true New Year’s tradition.
Cracklin' Corn Bread

After having made corn muffins a few times with a bit of sugar in them (although I wouldn’t say they were the kind that were cake-like sweet), it is only fitting that I offer those friends a bit of the true south with some corn bread with NO SUGAR, a bit of cracklins (fresh pork rinds), and bacon grease.

Yeah, you heard me right. That’s crunc-chee bay-kon.

Well not really bacon, but it adds a bacon flavor to the bread with a bit of nut-like character. Think of it as bacon-pecans. YUM!

I made this bread as a part of a New year’s meal (which I am having a wee bit early, btw) that included Hoppin’ John.

The corn bread I did bake in a 10-inch seasoned cast-iron skillet, which I thinks adds a superior result and more crunch to the crust. But you can also make this in a cake pan.

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Cracklin’ Corn Bread

Cracklin' Corn Bread

Cracklin' Corn Bread

Course Bread
Cuisine Southern
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pork crackings
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large pastured eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/3 cup melted and cooled bacon grease or unsalted butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Grease a ten-inch cast iron skillet and set aside.
  • Stir together the corn meal, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another small bowl, stir together the beaten eggs, buttermilk and cooled bacon grease.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and stir in the buttermilk mix, stirring just until the flour is incorporated.
  • Fold in the cracklings.
  • Pour mixture into the greased skillet and bake for 20-22 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  • Slice and serve warm.

Notes

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