When I served just such a piece to Ben at lunch with soup, he asked politely and firmly for honey on top. I explained that the bubbly, toasted cheese was the topping, but he insisted. And guess what? honey on top of toasted cheese on top of cornbread is delicious! Smart boy.
I thought it would be tasty for breakfast. It is. I told Ben he invented a new breakfast.
I tried some blackberry jam with the cheese, too, and it was also great. We had Pink Lady apples on the side, and age-appropriate hot drinks.
This is an excellent way to use leftover cornbread; the other way is to make cornbread dressing.
Basic Cornbread from More with Less
Bad cornbread is really bad; it is dry and crumbly and hard to choke down. I am careful not to overmix the batter and not to overbake the bread; I get tender, moist cornbread every time. Also this recipe is so quick to whip up that the oven is never preheated by the time I'm ready to slide the pan in!
In a mixing bowl, combine with a whisk:
1 c. cornmeal
1 c. whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Make a well in the dry ingredients; this gives you a headstart on mixing without beating so hard that you turn out a dry, crumbly bread.
Put in the well:
Break them up with a whisk. Beat slightly.
Add to the eggs in the well:
1 c. milk
1/4 c. vegetable oil
Mindfully, pay attention, and stir JUST until mixed. It's okay if there are streaks of flour and egg. Pour into a greased 9x9 pan or equivalent cast-iron frying pan. Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, when bread has pulled away from the sides of the pan and is lightly browned. Better to underbake than overbake! I use my cast-iron skillet and only bake for 18-20 minutes because the cast iron bakes faster than aluminum or glass. Pin It