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Campfire Cast Iron Cornbread

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"It doesn't get better than a deep pan of cornbread cooked over coals in a cast-iron skillet old-timey style. Here's my own super-moist recipe, with additional instructions if you prefer to use your oven. Serve with butter, honey, your favorite jam, or molasses."
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1 h 10 m servings 300
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. You will need a cast iron chicken frying pan with a lid and a few iron S-hooks to raise the pan up off the ground.
  2. Build a campfire with wood and allow the fire to burn until you have some good embers going. Add a layer of coal. Rake the coals into a flat bed on one side of the fire. Completely grease the inside of the cast iron pan and the lid with lard. Set the pan next to the fire on some coals to preheat for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Sift cornmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture. Add buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, sour cream, and vanilla extract into the hole. Stir together until a lumpy batter forms, but don't overmix. Allow batter to sit while you check the pan; grease should not be smoking but only be hot and melted. If it is smoking, remove from heat and cool down until it no longer smokes. Pour batter into the hot pan and cover with the lid.
  4. Place a very thin layer of embers on the ground and use the S hooks to raise the bottom of the pan and allow air to circulate. Place about 1/3 of the amount of embers you used underneath on the top of the pan. Bake without removing the lid until cornbread is cooked through and a toothpick comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • If you don't have buttermilk, use 1 cup milk and sour it by adding 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice.
  • If you like to bake it in the oven, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Place cornbread in the oven without a lid and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 300 calories; 12.4 41.5 5.8 69 507 Full nutrition

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I live out in the country so every day is like a camping adventure to me. With that being said though, I did prepare the cornbread mixture in my kitchen and not out in the woods. We had a lot of...