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Any leftover batter may be thinned with a little milk or cream and baked on a hot skillet. On Southern plantations, slaves often baked them on hoes, so they came to be known as "Hoecakes". Serve warm with melted butter. We like adding creamed corn as a hearty variation; sometimes we also add chopped jalapeno peppers for a little heat. Some Southern versions use no sugar.

2 teaspoons Crisco or butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup frozen (thawed) or canned (creamed) corn (optional)

Preheat oven to 400F for 15 minutes before baking.

Grease a 9-inch square pan.

In a bowl, combine flour and cornmeal. Stir well. Stir in sugar, baking powder, salt, and pepper.

In another bowl, whisk together milk and oil, honey and eggs. Gradually pour the milk mixture into the dry ingredients stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. For tender cornbread, do not overmix.

Stir corn it into the batter and pour into prepared baking pan.

Bake 20 for 25 minutes or until the cornbread is lightly golden brown.

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