Momma’s Hot Water Cornbread
2 cups corn meal
1/2 teaspoon King’s Pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
Boiled water – about 1 1/2 cups
Vegetable oil or shortening for frying
Bring water to a boil. In a bowl, combine cornmeal, King’s Pepper and salt. Slowly stir in all of the boiling hot water and let the mixture sit a minute to soften up the cornmeal. This will help it stick together when you form the patties. Heat the vegetable oil on medium high to about 375 degrees.
This recipe makes 8 to 10 patties, depending on the size you prefer. Place a heaping tablespoon of the batter in your palm and form patties to your desired thickness. Traditionally, leaving a few fingerprints on them form ridges that will brown and crisp. Fry the patties for about 4 minutes on each side, or until they are browned to your desire. Serve hot and buttered.