Grits. I love grits. Plain and simple grits…with just a touch of butter. I practically spent every morning of my childhood having grits for breakfast. I certainly don’t have it that often nowadays, but when I do it is still a comforting way to begin my day. To me, grits are especially nice in a big mug on a cold winter day. The only thing I dislike about grits is the epoxy it forms on my pot if I don’t immediately rinse it! (Which is also a sure-fire way to drive hubby crazy, only rendered by mentioning I’m making this bread!) But even the gluey mess is not enough to take my love away. So, I will say it one more time. I love grits and I love leftover grits. For leftover grits lends itself to so many makeovers. Remember Grits and Grillades Meatloaf? Leftover grits are a blank canvas to absorb so many different flavors. Think about how many toppings go perfectly over a fried grit cake.
Now…imagine all the goodness of buttery grits and all the yumminess of golden cornbread…together! What could be more Southern? Hubby says it reminds him of Hot Water Cornbread. The hardest part of making this bread is waiting for it to bake. Everyone knows I’m not a baker, especially not a bread baker. But this bread treat is so easy–no kneading and no rising. Those two no’s equal a yes in my mind and it is only 5 ingredients! Not to mention the leftovers from the leftover. This bread makes a hearty French Toast-my favorite way to enjoy it!
Put Your TO COOK IS TO CREATE Thinking Cap On: I like to keep this bread simple and save all the additions for the top, but think about how simple changes could make this bread a sweet or savory treat. Think about how many things you could add to the batter: Crumbled cook bacon or using bacon fat in place of the butter, raisins or dried cranberries, fresh herbs. Think about how adding different seasonings and spices could change the flavor of the bread. Like Cajun, Italian, Indian, or cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg. Think about how you enjoy cornbread and try this bread. Think about what you like in your grits and try it.
Food Fun: What was your favorite breakfast growing up? Who made it best? Do you still eat it? If so, when was the last time you enjoyed it? Have you shared it with your family? It is said that the best memories are made when gathered around a table. I totally agree. Each time we share this bread, hubby and I end up telling stories from our childhood. Here’s to making many memories this year.