Hot water cornbread probably is the easiest and most traditional Southern cornbread. When finished, hot water cornbread should have a consistency like hush puppies.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Pour the water in the frying pan and bring to a rapid boil.
Pour the boiling water in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients and stir.
Heat the oil in the frying pan -- just enough to cover the bottom. Pour the oil into the mixture. Stir well. The mixture should have a lumpy, paste-like consistency.
Form pancake-like shapes by spooning out the mixture and placing it in a hot frying pan. When the batter is golden brown on the bottom, flip over and repeat browning. Cook on each side only once.
Remove from heat and serve with your favorite Southern-cooked vegetables.