My Grandma used to make the most awesome BATTER BREAD, a very mushy corn bread that’s similar to spoon bread, but softer. I’ve experimented on my own without success and I’ve scoured the internet many times over the years to find a recipe; I’ve tried several that just didn’t turn out like the dish of my childhood dreams – it was always just too dry to be real batter bread.

Yesterday my mom gave me Grandma’s kitchen bible called “Recipes from Old Virginia”, dated 1948. I opened the book to a random page and there it was, the recipe my Grandma used for batter bread! I’m so happy to share it, and hope you’ll love it.

Old Virginia Batter Bread
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk*
1 tblsp melted butter
2 cups boiling water
1-1/2 cups corn meal (I like the light corn meal)

Mix eggs and buttermilk. Add water, butter and corn meal. Pour into buttered baking dish. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes – it should still be jiggly, don’t bake it til it gets too dry!  Serve hot with butter on top.

If you use a cast iron pan like I did, reduce the heat to 425 degrees.

*Both of my grandmothers ALWAYS had buttermilk on hand. I confess that I don’t ever buy it unless I know I’m going to need some for some southern favorite dish. I did find a powdered buttermilk mix, just add water. It works in a pinch, especially for cooking with it. I confess I’d never drink a glass of buttermilk the way they did.

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One Response to “Batter Bread”

  1. Carole Johnson Says:

    Karen, I was very pleased to see the family Batter Bread recipe. Even though I know it very, well, I wrote it down for quick reference. You see, I never knew how long to cook it. I did it like Grandma used to say, ” I just cook it until it looks right” So funny how meaningful those old sayings become and how much you wish you had listened a little more carefully and captured every word for your “Memory Bank”. Mom

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