It’s old school. It’s country. It’s delicious.
It was a staple on my grandmother’s table. Rarely did I eat a meal at my grandmother’s house that she didn’t have dodger bread hot and slathered in butter. My mom carried on the dodger bread tradition at our family table each time she’d cook a pot of beans. Or turnip greens. Or a roast.
It’s not a pretty food. It’s not a fancy one, either. But it’s the perfect accessory to any chilly-day meal and satisfies like nothing else. You bake it until it’s hard and crunchy, then smear butter on it while it’s still piping hot. Use it to sop up the juice from your beans. Pile some greens on a piece and scarf it down. It’s comfort in its truest form.
I’m sad, though, that it’s such a dying tradition. I can mention dodger bread in a crowded room and nobody knows what I mean. This is a delicious, simple food that needs to be widespread and carried on. Help me bring it back to life!
2 cups cornmeal
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tblsp sugar
Boiling water (I boil about 3 cups to be on the safe side)
1 tblsp oil
Pour 2 cups of cornmeal into a medium mixing bowl (Nevermind my large one in the pictures. Unnecessary.).
Add salt, baking powder and sugar.
Now, you’ve boiled a few cups of water, but we’re going to start by pouring in 1 1/2 cups of it. I added a tad bit more to achieve this paste-like consistency.
Add your oil.
Mix well and spread 1/2″ thick or less in an iron skillet (preferred) on a greased cookie sheet
Stick it in a 425 degree oven and set your timer for 30 minutes. I like mine nice and crunchy with a little bit of softer bread toward the center, so I bake until the edges are nice and brown. That’s the magic behind it, you see. Get it almost brutally crunchy, then soften it with the juices from your meal. Man, it’s magic on a cold day!
Make dodger bread a family tradition in your household. Your kids will beg for it when they’re coming home from college one day. I promise.
*You can also pat a little bit of the dough into greased muffin cups.
Try it and let me know what you think!
Find this recipe on Tasty Kitchen!