Hot Water Cornbread #BreadBakers

Hot Water Cornbread uses a few simple pantry ingredients to create a batter from which small breads are fried rather than baked.
Hot Water Cornbread

Hot Water Cornbread

By Sue  Lau | Palatable  Pastime

Hot Water Cornbread is my recipe of the day with the bread bakers blogging group. We get together once a month to make different types of breads on  varying  topics. Occasionally a bread  will pop up that  is not baked in the oven, such as pancakes, or this month’s offering.

A Part of Several  Cuisines

Typically found  in the cuisine  of Native American cooking, Southern cuisine, as well as Soul Food, this cornbread requires very little  in the way of ingredients. It’s perfect for  pantry baking or when you just haven’t been to  the  market to pick up  eggs or buttermilk (the things usually found in cornbread).

Hot Water Cornbread

I serve these the way you might serve hush puppies. And in fact the recipes  are similar in nature.  Except again,  this  one  uses far  fewer ingredients.

While you might  think it makes them too plain,  or leaving you wanting, they do  not. They are nice and crisp. I like them smeared with butter and a drizzle of Steen’s syrup ( a southern specialty) but you might like to drizzle yours with  something like  molasses, maple syrup, or  even Lyle’s golden syrup  (if you live across the pond).

Perfect  with  fried fish and a  mess of  greens, this   is a cornerstone  of a  good  home-cooked southern  meal. Real comfort.

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Hot Water Cornbread

Hot Water Cornbread

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Hot Water Cornbread


Hot Water Cornbread

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Bread, Quick Bread
Cuisine American, Native American, Soul Food, Southern
Servings 12


  • 1-1/2 cups self-rising corn meal
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp bacon drippings or melted butter
  • cooking oil for skillet


  • Stir together ingredients until thick and pasty
  • Form into patties (shape as you might a hamburger) and shallow fry in 1-2 inches of oil or bacon grease until golden and crispy.
  • Drain and serve with butter and something like cane syrup, molasses or maple syrup drizzled over.


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Hot Water Cornbread

8 responses

  1. I was intrigued when I saw your title, Sue. Never heard of hot water cornbread before! Anything with bacon grease has got to be tasty, especially when it’s fried and crispy.

  2. Such an old-school southern dish. I grew up in the South, but to northern parents and didn’t discover the joys of cornbread until I was much older. I love the simplicity of the hot water version. Lets the corn flavor really shine through!

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