July 26, 2011

Old Fashioned Hot Water Cornbread {Granny's Recipe}

Hot Water Cornbread

Making Old Fashioned Hot Water Cornbread is more about the feel of the batter than a precise measurement.  The main thing about making Hot Water Cornbread is to get the right consistency with the water and cornmeal mixture.

Mother was a walking cookbook, and this was one of those recipes she had in her head. So many of her recipes I wished I had asked her to write down.  One day after we had finished a meal of Fried Okra, Peas, and Hot Water Cornbread,  I did ask her to tell me how she made this Southern golden goodness.  She said "you use plain cornmeal, and a little salt--no baking powder".  Boil some water and add it to the cornmeal mixed with a little salt until it comes together enough to spoon it in a skillet of hot grease.  I like a mixture of bacon grease and oil.

There are so many ways you can serve this Southern golden goodness.  My husband's favorite is with Fried Catfish.  You just take a small spoon, and make them into little round hush puppies.  My favorite, is to make them into a patty shape by using a larger spoon dropping them into the hot grease and eat them with some peas--like I did with these Fresh Lady Cream Peas.


Hot Water Cornbread


Old Fashioned Hot Water Cornbread
Original Cooking with K Recipe

Ingredient:
2 cups yellow cornmeal
1-1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water, boiling
1-2 cups vegetable oil
1-2 tablespoons bacon grease (optional)

Directions:
Heat enough oil in a large iron skillet or heavy bottom skillet on high heat.  (Oil needs to come half way up the side of the skillet.)

In a medium bowl, mix together cornmeal and salt.  Stir in enough boiling hot water that the cornmeal mixture comes together enough to spoon (not too thick and not too thin, kinda like creamy mashed potatoes).

As soon as the oil in the skillet is hot, but not smoking, spoon hot cornmeal mixture in your hands that have been dipped in hot/warm water and then gently place in the hot oil.  Fry each in hot oil, turning once, until crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Note: The Hot Water Cornmeal will be really tender, if you try not to handle the cornmeal mixture with your hand so much.  Wet your hands with hot/warm water in between spooning it! 

You can add a couple tablespoons of sugar if you want it sweet.



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35 comments :

  1. This sounds great! I love simple recipes like this. But I have to say for me the bacon grease would not be optional - it's a must!

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  2. That looks totally neat! Thanks for sharing such a cool recipe.

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  3. These would be great in our house! We are gluten free and these would be perfect to accompany many of our meals instead of bread.

    Thanks for sharing!

    New follower from Welcome Wednesday

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  4. New Follower from Take It Form Me: Welcome Wednesday.
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  5. Hi, dropping by from Wed. Blog Hop.
    I'm a new follower :)

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  6. So many wonderful cooks never wrote down a recipe. I hope the trend is changing thanks to blogs.

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  7. Oooo, I just melt thinking of when my grandmother used to make some! Heaven on earth, let me tell ya! Soooo Southern, too! THANKS!

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  8. Wow that looks delicious. Great post. Come over and visit. We have a wonderful sorbet recipe today for this hot weather.

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  9. This sounds lovely. Its completely new to me.

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  10. does sound perfect with those fresh lady cream peas!

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  11. Love this old-school recipe. Thanks so much for sharing on Friday Food on Momtrends. I love checking out all the foodie creations. Enjoy the weekend.

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  12. Hubby wanted me to make cornbread but always all the time it turned out too dry. Well gonna try this recipe of yours. Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!

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  13. I bet these are fantastic! Thanks for linking them up on the FBF hop!
    ~Carolyn

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  14. Yum! This makes me miss my Mama. I was raised on hot water cornbread; but, I've never made it myself. I guess I'm going to have to start since my mom is a couple of thousand miles away now. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  15. Love cornbread. Some nice fish with this and I'd be happy for days.

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  16. Hi K...

    Hehe...I had already followed your link for your Grandma's hot water cornbread over from your cream peas post! So glad that you are sharing this recipe with the Sunday Favorites party as well!

    I must admit, I have never heard of making cornbread this way! I will have to give it a try!

    Warmest summery wishes,
    Chari

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  17. sounds yummy! thanks for sharing your recipe, never tried making one and maybe its about time, i love to try it. visiting from FF, have a great weekend. :)

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  18. Oh my goodness Kay,
    My grandmother made Hot Water Cornbread and it was delicious and your recipe sure brings back wonderful memories for me. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  19. mmmm... i can think of a few meal these would go well with. sometimes the most simple recipes are the best... thanks for sharing it.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  20. Never heard of hot water corn bread before but it sounds delicious. I would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home today and link up your recipe and any other projects you would like to share. Happy Monday!!

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  21. Thank you for the post! My husband talks about hot water corn bread all of the time. Now I have a recipe!

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  22. Hello K! I found you through At Home With Haley’s Blog Hop. I don't think I've ever had hot water cornbread...looks interesting!

    Have a great day! Sherri
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  23. Just had to say this is another recipe I grew up with and, to this day, we love this about as much as anything we can make. I even like it for breakfast. :)) Making some as soon as I get off this computer.:)

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  24. Im so glad my Nanna taught me how to make this secret treasure. It wasnt until we started moving and living all over the world that I realized some people are just deprived!!! They have never ever had this wonderful wonderful southern staple...I make it for my "uncultured" friends all the time...lol. I love the fact that you have cream peas in the photo as well. I soooo miss them. I was able to bring some home with me from my Nanas garden when I was in Tx this summer and Im saving them for the right time,probably Thanksgiving!! Be Blessed and keep blogging!!

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  25. Living all over the world is a trick worthy of Merlin, but I think most well traveled, worldly folks would agree that good hot water cornbread is among the world's treasures.

    Indeed it's addictive ... and being deprived of it can truly make one depraved!

    That proper feel for the texture of the mixture is far more important than accurate measurement is something missed by most! I personally prefer white cornmeal and a somewhat wetter texture, just firm enough to form pones ... probably start with 2½ cups water to 1½ cups of meal and adjust ... baked, not fried, at about 400° F.

    Like my wife used to say ... it's to die for!

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  26. I grew up on hot water cornbread and have posted it several times. No one seems to have ever heard about it. My mama made it and now, I've made it for years. It is one of my hubs favorite things in the whole world.
    I make mine just like your granny did. :)) ...pure Southern.

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  27. O, after looking at your recipe again, I should say I wet my hands in hot water and form into patties before I drop them into the hot grease.

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    1. I need to put than in the recipe...actually, I do that too....helps it fall off your hands better! Thanks for stopping and sharing :)

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  28. Oh, I've got memories of hot water cornbread from my childhood! Whenever we'd go to Alabama to visit my grandparents, this was ALWAYS on the table! :) Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

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  29. Have fixed this for years. My daughter says im the only one she knows that makes it. It is so delicious with greens or beans or gumbo. I keep the water on the stove boiling for k know that the second batch will need a little more water as it stiffens up.

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    1. That is a great idea about keeping the boiling water on the stove....going to have to remember that :)

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  30. Thanks, Kay! I haven't had any hot water cornbread since ....years! Mom and my grandmother both used to make it. Exactly like this recipe too! And what I'd give for some fresh Lady Creams....I sooo miss Texas!!!

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