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Orange Crackling Bread

Delicious served hot with butter!
Serves 8
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1/2 lb bacon, cut into small pieces
2 TBS finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup Florida orange juice
1 tsp grated orange peel


     In 9-inch oven-proof skillet, cook salt pork over low heat until very crisp, remove and chop finely.  Drain all but 1 tablespoon fat; cook onion until tender.

In large bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, baking powder and sugar.

In small bowl; beat eggs with buttermilk and orange juice; stir in orange peel.  Add egg mixture all at once to dry ingredients; stir just until mixed.  Stir in salt pork and onion.

Heat skillet in oven 5 minutes or over high heat on top of stove 1 minute; pour in batter.  Bake in a 350F oven 30 to 25 minutes.

Serve hot with butter.


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