As a young girl watching the old American movies, I longed to taste the yellow square bread they shared at meal time, it always looked so moreish and delicious.
The history of corn ground and used in food dates back to Native Americans before European explorers arrived. Once the settlers arrived they learnt the original recipes for corn dishes from the Native Americans and soon devised so many new dishes such as using cornmeal in bread as a substitute for grains available in Europe.
Cornbread is often called a "cornerstone" of the cuisine of Southern America.
One of the super advantages of cornbread is that it keeps well and it does not need yeast to rise like other bread. This was a big plus in frontier cooking and it was popular by both sides during the Civil War.
Although we are not American, my Mr 13 makes this bread so delicious, I honestly feel he pours all his love into baking it as he knows I always wanted to be THAT family passing around yellow square bread.
Here is our recipe we use but I am not sharing my big strong son to beat the mix for you!
1 cup of best butter
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of buttermilk
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 cups of cornmeal
2 cups of plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1. Line a square/oblong tin with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven Gas 5.
2. Melt the butter in a pan.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar.
4. Beat well with a hand whisk.
5. Add the buttermilk and bicarb of soda.
6. Whisk well.
7. Sieve in the flour and whisk.
8. Add the salt and cornmeal.
9. Pour the batter into the pre-lined dish.
10. Bake in the oven for 40 mins or till a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
11. Once cooled a little cut into square chunks.
We had our corn bread with pulled pork, roast potatoes, rice, and mange tout. It was total Yum!
Hope you decide to have a go of baking some cornbread. The boys and I describe it as a mix between bread and cake.. rather like a scone but you have it with your meal.
I am a happy corn bread loving girl now I have a son that makes it for me.
You can change the ingredients and make it less sweet or use wholemeal flour.
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