Classic Cornbread

Classic Cornbread

Considering it seems that I put hot chilies or jalapeƱos in pretty much everything I make, my regular readers might be surprised to learn that my very favorite cornbread consists of little more than cornmeal. But my regular readers will also know that I love the sweet taste and crunch of cornmeal, and this dense and filling bread will satisfy any cornmeal craving. For a satisfying snack, serve slices of this cornbread with a bit of butter. It also goes well as a side with any spicy Mexican meal.

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Published on July 14, 2007

Simple, dense and filling classic cornbread loaded with plenty of cornmeal flavor and crunch — a great snack or addition to a spicy Mexican meal

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 80 to 90 minutes

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  • 3 cups coarse yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil or olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar, honey or other sweetener, to taste
  • 2 to 3 cups of water
  • Preheat an oven to 325°F and grease a loaf pan with oil.

  • Combine the cornmeal, flour and salt in a large bowl. If you are using a dry sweetener, mix in to the dry ingredients. Add the oil and rub it into the dry ingredients with your hands. If you are using a liquid sweetener, add it now and stir to combine. Gradually stir in the water until the mixture resembles a thick cookie dough — you may not have to use more than 2 cups of water.

  • Heat the prepared loaf pan until hot but not smoking. Transfer the batter to the pan and bake for 30 minutes. Increase the heat to 350° and bake for another 50 to 60 minutes or until the bread begins to brown and small cracks form on the top of the loaf.

  • Remove the bread from the oven and cool on a metal rack for 10 minutes. Gently remove the loaf from the pan and cool for another 30 minutes on the rack. Cut into 3/4-inch to 1-inch slices and serve.

Makes 8 to 10 slices
Classic Cornbread

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've rarely met a cornbread I didn't like :) Will give yours a whirl :)