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Slather this cornbread with Dried Chile Pepper Butter.

Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1997

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Servings:
8
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  • Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 4 clean 13 3/4-ounce cans with cooking spray. Set aside. (If using a skillet, spray with cooking spray.) Melt the butter in skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-low heat until soft, 3 to 4 minutes; set aside.

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  • Place flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, baking powder, and baking soda in bowl. Whisk briefly to mix. Make a well; add eggs to center. Whisk eggs into dry mixture. Add buttermilk. Combine. Mixture will be thick.

  • Stir in the cooked shallots and raw peppers. Melt the vegetable shortening in a small pan over medium heat. Pour hot shortening into the cornbread mixture. Stir well to combine. Spoon the batter evenly into prepared containers or skillet.

  • Bake until golden brown and cornbread is pulling away from sides of cans or skillet, 30 to 40 minutes; a cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool enough to touch; gently run a knife around rim, and unmold. Slice crosswise into 1-inch pieces. Serve warm with Dried Chile-Pepper Butter.

Cook's Notes

Cornbread browns nicely in empty tin cans; any size may be used. It can also be made in an iron skillet or other pan.

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