Hot Water Cornbread

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. In a large bowl, mash the butter into the cornmeal. Add salt, baking powder, and egg and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Very slowly, add boiling water while stirring constantly until cornmeal will hold together in a firm ball. (Take care not to over water.)
  3. Pour 1 inch of oil into a large skillet and heat to about 325°F. Oil should be glistening but not smoking.
  4. Using your hands, scoop out 2 to 3 tablespoons of cornmeal and form into a patty. Carefully place in oil and cook until golden brown on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  5. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Enjoy!

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