There are few foods as uniquely southern as cornbread. Most of us have some family member who has the best recipe for the savory and delicious dinnertime staple, but why not kick things up a notch?
By adding in your favorite brand of bourbon, you can add a whole new level of flavor to an already incredible side dish. There are a few different methods of making bourbon cornbread out there, but one of the best was shared by the blogger behind A Bread A Day. Most of the ingredients needed are already in your pantry, so all you need is a little time and patience to create this tasty treat.
6 ounces coarse cornmeal
2 cups buttermilk, well-shaken
8 ounces bacon
8 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 ounces white sugar
2 ounces brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
16 ounces corn kernels, fresh or frozen
2 tablespoons bacon fat or vegetable oil
You’ll need to plan ahead to make the bread, as the cornmeal will need to soak overnight in the buttermilk. Combine the two, then leave them at room temperature for about 8 to 12 hours.
The next day, preheat your oven to 375º F, then line your bacon out across a sheet pan. Bake until crisp minutes, then drain the fat into a pan and set aside. After the bacon is cooled, chop into small pieces and leave it for later.
Turn your oven down to 350º F, then whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, white and brown sugars in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs, then add in the melted butter and bourbon. Whisk together, then pouring into your soaked cornmeal. Next, pour your leftover fat into the pan you want your finished cornbread to be cooked in. Heat for about five minutes.
Add both bowls of dry and wet ingredients to each other and mix until thickened before adding in the corn kernels. Then, remove the fat-covered pan from the oven and tilt it to make sure the fat covers the entire surface. Pour in your batter, then sprinkle the bacon on top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown. Let cool, then enjoy all the deliciousness of a warm piece of bourbon cornbread.