Orange Crackling Bread

2013-10-02

INGREDIENTS

½ lb salt pork cut in cubes
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal
½ cup sifted all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
2 eggs
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup Hale orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange peel

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350F.  In 9-inch oven-proof skillet, cook salt pork over low heat until very crisp, remove and chop finely.  Drain all but 1 tablespoon fat; cook onion until tender. In large bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, baking powder and sugar. In small bowl, beat eggs with butter milk and orange juice; stir in orange peel.  Add egg mixture all at once to dry ingredients; stir just until mixed.  Stir in salt pork and onion. Heat skillet in oven 5 minutes or over high heat on top of stove 1 minute; pour in batter.  Bake in a 350F oven 30 to 35 minutes.  Serve hot with butter.

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