I have to say we ate very well on our little vacation, starting with home cooking, and buttermilk custard pie at Schobels in Columbus, Texas, and ending with pinto beans, German sausage, and cornbread at Wheelers in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Wheelers' cornbread is unlike any I've ever had. It's very light and cake-like, but not overly sweet. I've been assuming all this time that it's a German recipe and have searched with no luck in finding a recipe that sounds like it would be close to the same.
Of course, Wheelers is tight lipped on how they make it—as they should be. But, I'm always trying to figure it out. This time as I was enjoying the generous-sized piece of deliciousness they serve, it hit me—the texture is so much like a cake, what if it is made with a cake mix?
I did a Google search and found a cornbread recipe that calls for a yellow cake mix in the ingredients! Could it be that I've stumbled upon the secret? I'll have to test it out to be sure. This recipe sounds like it will turn out sweeter than Wheelers, but it's a starting point to work from.
Fire up the oven.
Other great restaurants we enjoyed on our trip:
Bills Burgers, Wings & Things — Burnet, Texas (ate here twice!)
HWY 29 BBQ — Bertram, Texas
El Rancho Mexican Restaurant – Bertram, Texas