Northern Cornbread1 cup yellow or white stone-ground or water-ground cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra softened butter for greasing pan
Adjust oven rack to center position and heat to 425 degrees. Grease a 9-by-9-by-2-inch metal pan.
Stir cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Push dry ingredients up side of bowl to make a well. Crack eggs into well and stir lightly with wooden spoon, then add buttermilk and milk. Mix wet and dry ingredients quickly until almost combined. Add melted butter; stir until ingredients are combined. Pour batter into greased pan. Bake until top is golden brown and lightly cracked and edges have pulled away from side of pan, about 25 minutes.
Transfer pan to wire rack to cool slightly, 5 to 10 minutes. Cut cornbread into squares and serve warm. (Pan can be wrapped in foil up to 1 day. Reheat cornbread in a 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.)
Yield: 9 servingsVariations:
With CHEDDAR: Follow recipe for Northern Cornbread, omitting sugar. After adding butter, quickly fold in 1 cup (2 1/2 ounces) shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese.
WITH JALAPEŅOS: Follow recipe for Northern Cornbread, omitting sugar. After adding butter, quickly fold in one small jalapeņo, seeded and minced, for mild chili flavor. For bolder heat use up to two jalapeņos that have been minced but not seeded.
WITH BACON: To end up with 1/2 cup bacon needed for this recipe, cut 8 ounces sliced bacon into small dice, then fry until well browned and crisp. Drain, cool, then set aside until ready to fold into batter. Follow recipe for Northern Cornbread, omitting sugar. After adding butter, quickly fold in crumbled bacon bits.