Recipe: Cracklin’ Bread

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Every Thursday on the Good Food Blog we share a recipe from our archives.

Maya Angelou is an American author and poet.  She is the author of Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes, published by Random House.  She first shared this recipe for Cracklin’ Bread on November 20, 2004.

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Cracklin’ Bread

  • 3/4 cup finely diced salt pork
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons salt pork drippings

Fry salt pork over low heat until nicely browned. Drain fat, saving both drippings and cracklings. Sift together cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Combine eggs, buttermilk and drippings. Stir into cornmeal mixture together with cracklings. Spread dough in a greased cast iron skillet and bake at 400F for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.