Now, as far as the feast is concerned, we don't mind taking the occasional shortcut – when I was much younger, we made our cornbread from the Jiffy™ mix. It was easy, tasty, and extremely inexpensive. But it has things in it (wheat flour)… well, you get the picture. So I looked around for wheat-free mixes, which usually get labeled as "gluten free". It's no skin off my nose if there's gluten from other grain sources, but, heck, if it's GF, it's also devoid of wheat, so, yay!
It's a basic formula for skillet buttermilk cornbread, so you can bake it in one great honkin' disk, or you can turn it into adorable little bite-sized nuggets (my preference, so that I can crumble as many as I want into halves, and save a few to eat with a bowl of chili.).
Basic Cornbread Mix (and assembly instructions)
1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) powdered buttermilk (or powdered milk, if you prefer)
1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I like Pamelas, but Bob's Red Mill 1:1 is good, too)
3/4 cup corn meal
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
Directions for mix:On the outside of a 1-quart zipper storage bag, write instructions in indelible ink* (I like black or blue Sharpies for the purpose) the necessary instructions for baking, which are as follows:
Preheat oven to 400º F. In a medium bowl, combine 2 large eggs, beaten, 1 cup water, and 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted. Mix well. Add dry mix, stir until just mixed (do not overmix!)
Spoon mix into small muffin tins, filling each reservoir to 3/4 full, and bake 15-17 minutes (until golden browned. Makes up to 3 dozen.
Or, pour into an 8-inch square pan and bake 25-30 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).
Allow to cool briefly in pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients together. Pour into zipper bag, store until needed – if you plan to use it within a few weeks, it can rest on a shelf. If you're uncertain when you'll get to it, freeze it for up to 9 months, and bring to room temperature before mixing.
*You can print out a card with the instructions, and attach it to the bag, if you're feeling lazy.