Week #10 in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge was Cornbread. WOW hard to believe this non baker has been at this 10 weeks now! Okay back to business.
Now I know what I’m about to say might come as a surprise to some of you so brace yourselves. I’m NOT a big fan of Cornbread. Gasp! I know. Who would have thought a Southern Girl wouldn’t be crazy about cornbread. Well, go figure, but I’m not. But then again, I’m not your typical Southern girl. Around here saying your not crazy about cornbread is almost be as bad as saying that you don’t like grits! But fear not, grits I do like (drenched in cheese of course LOL).
Before you write me off, LOL there are a few Cornbreads that I like. They’re sweet and light cornbreads. Almost cake-like (so naturally with my wicked sweet tooth, I’d like those) and look so angelic with a big pat of butter sliding off of them! I’m not a fan of the heavy dense ones you could use for hockey practice.
So with reservations I set off to make Peter’s Cornbread recipe. This was a 2 day recipe. I know right, “2 days for Cornbread?” is exactly what I said before I finished reading LOL.
Day 1 was simply adding buttermilk to the cornmeal and letting it sit at room temperature overnight. So nothing doing there. Easy Peasy.
The ingredient that piqued my curiosity in this recipe was BACON…ah, simply saying it conjures up a big smile on my face & I can almost smell it in the air. There’s just something about Bacon! Of course while cooking the bacon I kept a few pieces aside for myself (don’t tell). This wasn’t a difficult recipe to make. Didn’t even need Marta, so I gave her the day off. Simple ingredients: flour, salt, sugars, baking soda/powder, eggs & honey & fresh corn kernels.
So, I’m thinking okay, this could turn out on the sweeter side (which you know I like). It smelled great in the oven. The bacon smell wafting through the air. So I was feeling a little more optimistic about it’s chances. Well after the sauna (aka the oven) & it’s cooling off period I cut a little wedge & dug in….
So do you think I liked it or not so much?
Cornmeal & Buttermilk Starter
Dry Ingriedients: King Arthur Flour, Baking Powder & Soda, Salt
Brown Sugar & Granulated Sugar added to Dry Ingriedients
Eggs, lightly beaten
Honey added to melted butter (almost scalded myself on this one!)
Eggs & Honey/Butter mixture added to Soaker & Dry Ingriedients
Ah, the fresh corn kernels
Everything all mixed up (very thick & cakey)
And now, taking center stage BACON & moving straight into the sauna! Wait for it, Wait for it…
Sneak Peak: Next week’s Challenge: Cranberry-Walnut Celebration Bread!
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