Why melt butter if extra-virgin is already liquid? Here is my Tuscan-style cornbread recipe.
• 1 tablespoon vinegar and milk to make 1 cup liquid (because I don't have buttermilk)
• 1 tablespoon sugar or molasses
• 1 1/2 cups cornmeal (I use my best, stone-ground heirloom polenta)
• 1 1/4 cups soft wheat flour
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 2 eggs, lightly beaten
• 3/4 cup quality extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 F. Put one tablespoon vinegar in a measuring cup and add milk to make one cup liquid. Dissolve molasses in milk (or add sugar).
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
Heat a lightly oiled 10-inch cast-iron skillet over a low flame.
Add milk, eggs, and extra-virgin to dry ingredients and stir to barely combine. Scrape into the skillet and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.
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