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Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread

Try this buttermilk duck fat cornbread the next time you make chili!  Duck fat is a great addition to this rendition of a classic comfort food.

Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread | Honey and Birch


I am a very happy brand ambassador for Maple Leaf Farms – they provided me with the duck fat for this recipe.

The duck strikes again.

And that is a totally awesome thing when it’s duck fat and you’re going to do some baking.

One of the items in my box of goodies from Maple Leaf Farms was a container of duck fat.  I wasn’t totally sure what to do with it at first – I could make duck fat fries like the ones at Hot Doug’s (served only on Fridays and only until October).  I could fry potatoes like my Duck University blogger friend Mike. Or I could do what I am pretty good at – bake with it.

Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread | Honey and Birch

Baking with the duck fat won out ultimately.

I didn’t know where to start actually so I did a little research.  When in doubt, search it out.  Thank you Google.

Duck fat is healthier than butter so it is a great replacement for it, especially in baking.  Who wouldn’t want to eat a piece of this cornbread and have your hips and thighs be just a tad happier?  (It’s still fat though and you should keep that in mind).   Have you ever heard of the French diet?  Well, duck fat is the cooking fat of choice in Southwest France.  Just sayin’….

Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread | Honey and Birch

I decided to use a half duck fat, half butter ratio because baking is like science.  I didn’t want my “experiment” to blow up in my face – this duck fat is not going to waste.  I would have eaten every last bit of this cornbread even if it tasted like dirt.

Thankfully, it was as far from dirt as you could get.  Buttermilk duck fat cornbread is where it’s at.  I felt like I was eating a gourmet edition of a very classic comfort food.

Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread | Honey and Birch

As for recipes, I modified a buttermilk cornbread recipe from Allrecipes.  I wasn’t entirely sure where to begin with cornbread but this seemed like as good of a recipe to work off as any.

It’s great because you do most of your work in a pan on the stove, and I liked that.  My kitchen gets crazy messy when I’m baking and a few less dishes seemed like a great idea to me!  If you are looking to make cornbread without the duck fat (ugh, blasphemy!), I would say go to that Allrecipes page and use that recipe.  Soooo good.

Also, you may be wondering where to find duck fat.  Two options for you – you can render it yourself when you cook other duck products (like duck breasts) or you can buy it from the internet (get Maple Leaf Farms duck fat here.)  I have also heard that some gourmet grocery stores occasionally carry it so give that a shot, especially if you’re in a large city.  Maybe there’s a French market nearby. 🙂

Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread

Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread | Honey and Birch

Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread

Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Try this buttermilk duck fat cornbread the next time you make chili!  Duck fat is a great addition to this rendition of a classic comfort food.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup duck fat
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • extra duck fat to grease the pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease your pan with the extra duck fat (you can use an 8 inch square pan, or its equivalent).
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt and baking soda. Use a whisk to stir it up. Set aside.
  3. Melt the duck fat and butter in a large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended.
  4. Add the buttermilk to the pan and stir into the mixture.
  5. Stir in the set aside cornmeal mixture until well blended and only a few lumps remain. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 338mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 5g
Buttermilk Duck Fat Cornbread | Honey and Birch

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!  I totally bogarted it and for several days I ate this (though I did let Mr. B try a piece).  Just keep it covered and outside of the fridge and it will stay moist and delicious.

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Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

Saturday 26th of July 2014

I had no idea you could even buy duck fat. It sounds like it could be a very interesting choice to cook with. I love trying new things. I'll have to check around with some of the local farms! Your cornbread looks wonderful too! Thanks so much for joining us at #FoodieFridays!

Jenny B

Saturday 26th of July 2014

You can buy duck fat online too - they ship it frozen! Thanks for stopping by!

Jenn L

Friday 25th of July 2014

Very cool! I never thought about using other fats beside butter in baking!

Jenny B

Friday 25th of July 2014

Thanks Jenn! Butter is just a lipid, like all fats. :) I hope you like it!

Shannon

Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

If I ate meat I would try this out. I bet it is very good and rich. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I might try it with butter.

Terri S

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

That cornbread looks so good. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

Dawn Keenan

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

I didn't know that duck fat was better than butter. I am going to try this recipe!

Jenny B

Tuesday 22nd of July 2014

Yup! It's about 20% healthier!

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