Tasha Tudor's Cornbread
(originally from her great-grandmother)
1 stick (1/2 cup) soft butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup AP flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm milk
1 cup yellow cornmeal
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Preheat a 10" cast iron skillet in the oven.
Cream butter and sugar and eggs.
(Tudor says to add only the yolks at this point,
reserving the whites until later to whip and add separately.
I've done it both ways, and it does not significantly improve
the finished product enough to warrant the work.)
Slowly add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk.
(I warm the milk in the microwave slightly.)
Fold in the cornmeal gently.
Remove skillet from oven and put some butter in it.
Pour batter in and bake for 25 minutes.
Slightly sweet cornbread is a lovely relief to those of us brought up on cornbread-cum-cardboard. Anna loves this cornbread crumbled into her beef stew. Enjoy!