I've been thinking about this breakfast dish for years. I don't know why it took so long to ask my mom for the recipe. We used to eat this as kids ... presumably on weekends but I've never had much of a memory for my childhood. Just bits and pieces of delicious comfort food meals and lots of tv watching (and maybe some Atari video games). This goes very well with a lazy weekend morning watching movies in bed!
It can easily be used as a regular savoury cornbread. Mix in a bit of corn, cheddar cheese, maybe some jalapenos. Or just with this basic recipe, it will go well with a hot bowl of chili. But if that's what you are looking for, I would suggest my recipe for Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins.
Here is my mom's recipe card:
In case it is not obvious, combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients - by the way, I assumed the use of milk and a "little bit of vinegar" was a replacement for buttermilk so I actually used 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Spread into a greased pan, or in my case, I just used a non-stick baking pan - 8" x 8".
It does not need 40 minutes, check after about 25 minutes and remove when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Serve hot with butter and warmed syrup ...