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Cornbread And Milk

Cornbread and milk 
So many of you commented about cornbread and milk-there was no way I could have left it out of our make do foods even if I'd wanted too. As long as I can remember Granny and Pap have eaten cornbread and milk. Granny has a glass almost every night before she hits the hay.

Cornbread crumbled in milk 
For those of you who aren't familiar with the dish-it's just what it sounds like: cornbread crumbled in a glass (especially nice if you can use an old snuff jar you found up the creek) with milk poured over it. Some folks prefer regular sweet milk-while others like Granny and Pap prefer buttermilk.

  • Janet said she liked to sprinkle pepper on her cornbread and milk.
  • Kat remembered eating it with her Daddy-and said that she still eats cornbread and milk.
  • Farmchick said at her Mamaw's house there was always cornbread and milk.
  • Wanda in NoAla said cornbread and milk was a sure cure for the munchies.
  • Norma said her grandfather thought that the perfect Sunday night supper was to crumble up cornbread into the biggest glass he could find, then pour in either homemade buttermilk or Borden's buttermilk, which used to have big chunks of butter in it.
  • Becky said she liked having cornbread and milk as a snack.

The best cornbread recipe 
I couldn't resist googling cornbread and milk to see what came up. I found this site that has some interesting tidbits about cornbread and milk. If you need to know how to make a good cake of cornbread-you can see how we cook ours here.

I suppose cornbread and milk is such a common denominator in our lives and the lives of our parents and grandparents-because the ingredients are common to most house holds. And they were common in days gone by as well. Pap's family might have been poor-but they always had a cow and they always grew corn for meal.

Eating cornbread and milk 

I like cornbread and I like milk-I just don't like them mixed up together-how about you?


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My Father, 83 still has his cornbread and milk. What ever milk he has available, he eats them all. My children and grandchildren eat it with him and will even cook their own cornbread now.

Learned this while doing time, still a favorite. The flavors compliment each other perfectly.

I grew up in a Cotton Mill town (Carrollton, GA) in the late 30's and early 40's. My parents and other kin worked different shifts and so most of the time we had fresh cow milk and left-over cornbread (from noon dinner) mixed in a glass for supper.
Talk about being good, this combo would beat cornflakes any day of the week.
Kids of today don't know what good dishes they are missing.

Memaw introduced me to this as a little girl! always have some when I'm feeling down. Simple, but such a delicious treat!

I loved this as and a child and still do. I have to eat mine wit regular milk though can't stand buttermilk. My mother, father, and my oldest daughter ate it with buttermilk.

We always save leftover cornbread just for me.I love it with either buttermilk or white milk.I grew up on it.I eat it late at night or sometimes for breakfast.No sugar or eggs in for me.My daughter makes it just like my Mom did, the best.

I am a mountainman. I call myself that when I go to rendezvous (reenactments). It is unusual I consider myself that because I am from the flatlands. I have always wanted to move away to the country but jobs and family always kept me home. For the next six months I will be living in the flatlands of Central Illinois (corn fields and still not mountains) but I am thriving here surrounded by friends that think like me. I think the term Moutainman or Mountainwoman is a state of mind rather than a place we live.

I love the down home music and always have. I also love the down home ways and have practiced them even though I have lived in a Chicago suburb.

'nother tardy comment, but like Ms. Sue I've just discovered your blog and love it! I also love cornbread and buttermilk and like several other readers, gotta have onions. Haven't eaten much of it lately... A friend of mine from Texas introduced me to Fritos and buttermilk! A cereal bowl full of Fritos with ice cold buttermilk and fresh cracked pepper hits the spot!!

a tardy comment to this post but I just signed on a week or so ago. I'm with Granny and Pap --- Cornbread and buttermilk preferably with green onions. We also have Bean Shortcake every week or so -- split cornbread and ladle on dried navy, pinto or any soup beans cooked with neck bones, ham hocks, etc. Top with chopped onions and there you have it! Bean Shortcake -- yum

Hi Tipper,
I ate cornbread and milk when growing up, and I still like it, and eat it when I fix cornbread. Married for 50 years, and whenever I do it this, my husband still teases me. He doesn't know what he's missing!! Ha I like to eat it while warm with butter on it before putting in my glass of milk. Yummy!!!!!!!!Antique Rose

I ate cornbread and milk as a child because, well, that was the only snack in the house. LOL I liked it then, but it's been years since I've eaten it. It was one of my dad's favorite snacks and because of that it has a warm place in my heart. Now, I don't care for soggy bread, so I'm not sure how I would like it. LOL Oh yeah, thanks for the shout out!!!!

My Dad still eats his cornbread and milk, as a matter of fact, he just had a big old glass yesterday. I asked him if he heard of gritty or gritted bread, and he proceeded to tell me how to make it. He said that be made his own grater. I told him that i'd follow your recipe and make him some. Thanks for the recipes Tipper.

Here's the cornbread recipe that is my favorite and that I use in my Dutch oven cooking classes. Have also included a Spoon Bread recipe. Feel free to share both, if you'd like.

Southwestern Corn Bread (Double recipe for 14 inch Dutch oven)
1 1/2 c. yellow corn meal
3 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 eggs
2/3 c. salad oil
1 c. milk or buttermilk
3 chopped jalapeno peppers or 3 T. picante sauce
1 can (16 oz.) can cream style corn
1 c. grated cheese

Mix ingredients in order listed in bowl. Pour into greased and mealed baking dish (2 qt. Pyrex cake pan) or Dutch oven (if well seasoned Dutch oven, will not need to add addl. oil or shortening). Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Spoon Bread
Mix in a large bowl:
1 17-oz. can cream style corn
3/4 c. whole milk
1/3 c. melted shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 c. chopped onion, if desired

1 1/4 c. corn meal
3/4 c.
all purpose flour
1 t. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. soda

Mix in smaller bowl:
1 4-oz. can green chili, drained then chopped
2 c. grated sharp cheddar cheese

Grease sides and bottom of 10" Dutch oven and then lightly flour. Pour half of batter into the oven. Sprinkle on half of chili and cheese mixture. Add the rest of the batter and top with the remaining chili and cheese mixture. Add top and bottom heat. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Check at 20 minutes. Remove oven from bottom heat. Finish baking with top heat only. Cool slightly. Cut into wedges and serve while still warm.


I've never eaten spoon bread-but would like to try it. Hopefully someone will share their best recipe : )

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While I've heard of this combination, I don't think I would like it. I love cornbread and I also make it in a cast iron skillet. Milk not so much.

I honestly have never heard of that but it sure looks and sounds good.

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I know Mama used to make cornbread and buttermilk (in a glass!), but I don't remember if Daddy had it too. Guess it's a real depression snack.

We always made our cornbread in the cast iron skillet. Does not seem like the right thing if you don't use one. I still have the large cast iron skillet and the small one for smaller batches.

But speaking of corn and bread, does anybody have a good recipe for spoon bread? I haven't had it since my childhood, and it's probably not the treat I remember, but I'd someday like to try making it for old time's sake...

My husband loves cornbread and milk, not me. However I love Ritz crackers and milk. Also my mom would always tell us to eat saltines and milk if our stomach was upset. Also when you get into the cornbread discussion there is always the sweet/unsweet kind. I love the semi sweet kind and my husband doesn't like it sweet at all. Sometimes he gets it his way when I make it and sometimes he will just make it himself to make sure he gets it unsweet. LOL.

Of course, I like cornbread and milk together. As someone else said, I also like to mash up saltine crackers in a cereal bowl and pour milk over them. It is delicious. And, we had potato cakes tonight made from left over mashed potatoes we ate last night.

I don't like them mixed up together. I prefer my cornbread with a lot of melted butter between a nicely sliced layer! My Papa always had a big glass of cornbread with milk before he went to bed. It always seemed like so much to eat!

Never tried them together, but separate sounds better. In our family a make-do dessert was leftover cooked white rice,raisins and cinnamon sugar, with milk poured over. This may explain why I love horchata, a Mexican beverage that tastes like rice milk.

My parents and my older siblings loved cornbread and buttermilk, but when I came along, we seldom had that kind of snack. Perhaps because by then Mother had quit churning her own butter and had no "real" buttermilk. I had to try it one time just to see what all fuss was about. I love cornbread and it wasn't bad, but a little too tart for me. Of course I had to use store-bought buttermilk and Daddy said that stuff is no good.
My father in law made his supper on cornbread and buttermilk every night. His wife made him a little hoecake in a cast iron pan. I have a pan just like that and it does make good cornbread.
I enjoyed the comments and seeing so many people who love cornbread with or without milk.

I'm like Anne from Mississippi. My Dad and I always ate cornbread and milk (as long as there was any cornbread left after sopping the butter-bean juice...)

Still eat it today!!


I love cornbread but hold the milk. Too mushy for me.

My grandmother liked saltines broken up in buttermilk --again, I like the taste but not the texture.

That ole snuff glass filled with
cornbread and milk sure brings a
lot of memories back. I guess my
grandma's Bruten Snuff glasses is
where we accumulated ours. But I
enjoy cornbread crumbled and with
milk poured over it or just a chunk broken off a cake and washed down with sweet or butter-
milk. Kinda makes me happy, with
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Tipper:i have always loved cornbread, we called it corn pone, never liked milk of any kind.hope you are contending with the cold and snow,we have been lucky this winter, snowed at thanksgiving, then once in December,but 26inches of rain made up for it. heading down arizona way next week. taking my computer along to keep up with you. blessing k.o.h

Tipper, I have ate cornbread and milk for as long as I can remember, I also like light bread and milk and soda crackers and milk. Years ago I started dicing up an onion in my bread and milk and crackers and milk. I guess you can tell I am rather fond of onions, I like them every way I can think of even on crackers and peanut butter, I may be weied in that way

i love cornbread and milk, either one, buttermilk is a tad better to me. guess what else i love. saltines crumbled in the glass and milk pour over it. yum

We grew up with cornbread and milk. I prefer the sweet milk. It is a wonderful treat! Just crumble the bread in a glass or cup and then pour the milk on.

I worked with a man years ago that ate milk and crackers the same way. I always said it sounded awful, but he convinced me to try it and it's good too. Not as good as cornbread and milk though!

I agree with you, Tipper; I like corn bread & I like milk just not mixed together - seems you would have to eat it awful fast in order to keep it from turning to absolute mush, lol.

My Dad, bless his heart, always ate corn bread and milk before bedtime. Mom always made the cornbread in a cast iron skillet and it never had sugar in the recipe.
Thanks for stirring those memories.

I think I'm the odd (wo)man out. I didn't know "cornbread & milk" was actually milk poured over cornbread in a glass. Now I know better!
If we didn't have any cookies, we had cinnamon & sugar toast (on buttered white bread, of course) as a snack after school.
Anyone remember the cinnamon & sugar bear shaker?

I'm from South Georgia, and cronbread and milk is good all year, but this winter has made it even better for cracking cornbread and buttermilk. my grand parents would have this in the winter for supper lots of cold nights. Just something about hot crackering cornbread and buttermilk to make you all warm inside before going to bed.

I like cornbread any old way, with syrup, milk, buttermilk, or by itself. My favorite is with buttermilk,sprinkled with black pepper and sprinkled with cut up green onions and a fresh ripe tomato on the side. I told my cousin once when asked what I was eating, that this was my Carter County (KY) taco. I'll give you another really good way to eat cornbread. While it is still warm break it up into chunks in a great big bowl. Add chopped onions, a drained can or pint jar of whole kernel corn,some chopped tomatoes,and a big bunch of those leftover pinto beans along with their juice. Fold all together. Dip some into a bowl,add a big dollop of sour cream, some of your favorite grated cheese, some crisp bacon pieces if you have them. Good for what ails you. We call this cornbread salad. Nice thing is, you can add or leave out what you want, and its good any time of day, or day of the week.

There is nothing better than cornbread and buttermilk. I prefer it to any steak; any seafood...anything! If I knew it was my last meal that's what I'd want. But it has to be buttermilk. Sweet milk's just nasty.

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