Corn bread in all its glory is celebrated in the South, and as a food editor for Southern Living magazine, I’ve tasted many renditions. There’s a constant debate over whether or not to add sugar. This is a version I’ve come up with over the years that is neither too sweet nor too savory; feel free to add more or less sugar depending on your tastes. I judge a corn bread more by its moistness than by its sweetness — there’s nothing worse than dry corn bread — so pouring cream in the center is a touch inspired by the brilliant Marion Cunningham and her famous custard-filled corn bread. I like extra cracked black pepper on mine, à la Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
This recipe is from A Mouthful of Stars. Click here for more information on the cookbook.