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Hot Water Cornbread



  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Oil (for frying)
  • 1/4 cup butter (at room temperature)


  1. Combine cornmeal and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in hot water. Dough should be moist enough to hold a shape. Allow dough to cool enough to shape with your hands.
  3. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of dough into the palm of one hand. Using both hands, shape the dough into a 1/2-inch thick oval and place on wax paper.
  4. Heat 1/2 inch oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Slide cornbread patties into hot oil and cook until golden and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Turn and cook until golden, about 3 minutes longer.
  7. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm.
  8. Brush with soft butter, if desired.

Yield: 2 dozen


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