Cornbread is one of my family’s favourite comfort foods. It’s a traditional cake-like bread found in the southern half of the US. Depending on the region, it might be eaten with honey or maple syrup or might be made with bits of cheese and jalapeno baked in. But it’s just as perfect hot out of the oven topped with sweet creamery butter.
The cornmeal referred to in the recipe can be found at fine groceries. Bob’s Red Mill brand organic imported non-GMO cornmeal will give your cornbread the perfect texture and lovely flavour.
Note: These are four different types of ground corn:
- masa harina – added lime; used to make tortillas
- polenta – coarsely ground dried whole corn kernel
- cornmeal – more finely ground dried whole corn kernel yet still more coarse than flour
- cornflour/ cornstarch – very finely ground corn endosperm (the white starchy part minus the bran and germ)
Measurements are given for a square 20cm cake tin and, in parentheses, for a 23 x 20cm baking tin.
- 1 1/4 cup cornmeal (1 7/8 cup)
- 3/4 cup flour (1 1/8 cup)
- 1-4 tablespoons sugar (4 1/2-5 tbsp)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder (3 tsp)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (3/4 tsp)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (3/4 tsp)
- 2 large eggs (3)
- 2/3 cup milk (1 cup)
- 2/3 cup butttermilk (1 cup)
- 2-3 tablespoons melted butter (6 tbsp)
- Whisk together all the dry ingredients.
- In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and milks.
- Add the wet to the dry.
- Add the melted butter and stir until just blended.
- Pour into a greased baking tin or muffin pan.
- Bake in a pre-heated 220C oven for 20-25 minutes (10-12 minutes in the muffin tin).
Handy tip: Out of buttermilk? Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the milk and let sit 3 minutes. Use in place of buttermilk.
||Contributed by Allison of SweaterDoll.
Allison Dey Malacaria, CEO (Chief Embroidery Office) of SweaterDoll, teaches embroidery and sewing both locally and on her blog, publishes sewing and embroidery projects in magazines in Australia and the US, and designs embroidery patterns for some put-the-world-down-and-enjoy-yourself time. Allison believes stitchery provides the low-tech, artful, simple, portable, story-rich YOU time everyone needs to refresh and revitalize.