WOW! I am really suprised to see that many folks like Jiffy. I thought I would be on the edge of banishment.
1 1/2 C cornmeal
2 C flour
2 T sugar (optional)
4 t baking powder
1 t salt
2 C milk
4 T oil or bacon grease
peppers or cracklins are always a welcome addition to the mix
There are a few things about cornbread (Yeah, like I am really an expert being born in a northern ghetto) The corn meal is the biggest thing. Like I was saying earlier, sometimes the corn is so hard that it is like gravel or sometimes it just doesn't have any flavor, or worse, it has a bad flavor. And as far as sugar goes, well sometimes with a good corn meal you don't really need sugar but it seems like you can never tell until it is too late.
I live in the South now, and cornbread sometimes seems as touchy a subject as true "Chili". But you know what? I have never ever had a purist spit my cornbread or chili out of their mouth!