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Pumpkin Cornbread

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

As if the Chocolate, Stout & Ancho Chili Con Carne wasn't rich and "comforting" enough, I served it with this moist and dense pumpkin cornbread.

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I've never had cornbread apart from Kenny Roger's roasters corn muffins in Malaysia many years ago and I thought those were the best muffins I've ever tasted, so light, soft and moist with just the right amount of sweetness. Cornbread is a type of quick bread made from cornmeal. It is a product of the US as corn was used in North American cooking long before the European explorers set foot on New World soil. There are may variations of cornbread, with the northern-style being lighter and sweeter than its more traditional southern counterpart. I've come across countless cornbread recipes, many of which are Mexican influenced with cheddar, jalepeno and/ or corn kernels added.

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This, unlike the norm is loaded with pumpkin and spices making it the perfect fall cornbread! It is slightly sweet, extremely soft and moist, which went really well with the chili.

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You know what's missing? Honey butter.
Ingredients: a 9 x 4" loaf
Recipe from Sugar Crafter
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs molasses
  • Preheat the oven to 200℃. Grease the baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, brown sugar, and cornmeal.
  • In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs, and then stir in the pumpkin, oil, and molasses.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined, and then pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top. Or, pour some chili into an ovenproof dish. Top the chili with some cornbread batter.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Serve with chili!

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Remember to check out the Penn State Christmas snack box giveaway. The competition is open to anyone, from anywhere and ends at Midnight GMT 30th October, 2010. Good luck!

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