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Pap Walters' Cornbread Recipe
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Pap Walters' Cornbread

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"My father-in-law had the best, most moist cornbread I have ever tasted. He said he had a secret ingredient that he used and wouldn't tell anybody until a few weeks before he passed away. Serve with lots of butter."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Place a 9-inch cast iron skillet into oven, and preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Mix the cornmeal, bacon fat, salt, eggs, buttermilk, and cottage cheese together in a bowl. With an oven mitt, remove the hot skillet from the oven, and spray it with cooking spray. Pour the corn bread batter into the hot skillet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the corn bread is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Check after 10 minutes. Serve sliced in wedges.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 12, 2013

Excellent recipe. I'm 76yrs old and have lived in the south all of my life and know cornbread. This is the first to include cottage cheese as an ingredient. Thank you for sharing Pap's recipe. We enjoyed it and I'll make it again. Allrecipes is my favorite site for cooking ideas and I'll never understand how cooks completely change a recipe and rate it down when it's no longer the same recipe after they finish destroying the original. I don't have an answer for this because you see it all the time in reviews but it's a real flaw in the idea of a review. And so unfair to the individual who took the time to write and share a recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 17, 2010

I made my own self-rising cornmeal based on the ingredients given on a food substitution website. I didn't take it into consideration that there is already a fat in this recipe and used both (the one described in the substitution and on here) which may have caused my cornbread to be overly moist. Instead of buttermilk I used another substitution; 2% milk and lemon juice. I used 2% cottage cheese. I added chopped up bacon and diced roasted red peppers. I do not have a cast-iron skillet so I greased a small rectangular baking dish and baked it for 25 minutes. The crust was a dark brown, but the top was only slightly golden and it was very moist but cooked in the middle. The cottage cheese is great in this recipe. I think I'll try combining this and the "Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread" recipe to see if that hits right in between.


14 Ratings

Jul 28, 2012

After googling, I made my own self-rising cormeal mix (I don't keep that on hand, just regular cornmeal). The only thing this recipe was missing was sugar, my family likes their cornbread sweet so I used a scant 3/4 cup. Before baking, I threw a good portion of butter into the cold skillet and let it warm in the oven as it preheated, then swirled the butter around in the hot pan before adding the cornbread batter. This cornbread was very moist and the bacon fat made it REALLY tasty. My husband liked the flavor the cottage cheese gave to this cornbread, he though I'd added sour cream. Good recipe that is easily personalized.

Sep 21, 2010

Borderline fantastic! Thanks Pap for reavealing your secret.

Jun 24, 2010

Anything with bacon fat must be yummy. Delish!

Jul 18, 2013

The recipe is wonderful if you use common sense and do not change everything in the recipe. You can even use glass bakeware instead of cast iron like I did for this recipe and it was outstanding. You cannot bake a cake in a dish that is deep on high heat close to a burner - the center will not finish because there is too much batter and the heat is to high for the batter to completely cook. Most of the changes on here to recipes are good -

Jan 08, 2014

Tastes JUST like my grandmothers only MOIST!! Everyone loved it. This is a real southern cornbread recipe. NOT SWEET! cornbread is a bread and not supposed to be sweet, corn cakes & corn muffins are supposed to be sweet! Next time I will cut the fat to a 1/8 c. cause I like to butter my skillet so the crust is extra crunchy and buttery so it was a little too greasy for me with the butter AND bacon grease. YUM! Thank you!!!

Jul 07, 2013

I had to use a 10" skillet on my second try because the center didn't get done. On the second try the cornbread got done, and it rose high enough in the bigger skillet. Great taste, and texture.


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  • Calories
  • 381 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.2 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 79 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 15.6 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 3.8 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 12.4 g
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 1116 mg
  • 45%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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