1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, rosemary or oregano, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon olive oil

Cornbread is a wonderfully easy bread to make at home and best made in a heavy, cast-iron cooking dish or a cast-iron frying pan to achieve a crisp outer crust.

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1.Heat the oven to 200°C.
2.Combine the cornmeal, flour, herbs and salt in a bowl.
3.Beat together the egg, buttermilk and milk then carefully fold into the flour mixture.
4.Put a 28cm ovenproof frying pan or dish in the oven to heat up for 4 minutes then coat the bottom and sides of with the oil and heat for 1 more minute.
5.Remove the dish from the oven and pour in the batter.
6.Bake for 30–35 minutes until set and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Recipes & food styling Fiona Smith / Photography Aaron McLean / Styling Fiona Lascelles