Monday, January 28, 2013

Recipe Review: Cornbread

On Friday, we had a potluck at work.  Not sure how I got away with this [maybe it was because I had to work a super long day that day - more about that later], but I was charged with only making cornbread - score!

Now let's be honest, when Mike and I make cornbread, we exclusively use Jiffy.  It's SO good!  [Have you tried Jiffy's apple cinnamon muffins?? Even better!]  However, I figured that since this was my only task, and my other coworkers were making things like lentil soup, chili, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and desserts, I would put a bit more effort in than adding an egg and milk to a big mix.

I decided to try Brown Eyed Baker's cornbread recipe.  I was so excited when I saw it, because I would get to use my new food processor!

It seemed like your typical cornbread recipe to me.  I only made 2 small changes.  When I was little, my mom always told me that cornbread wasn't necessarily supposed to be sweet, so when she made it, she always added a bit of sugar.  So, for that reason, I upped the brown sugar to 1/3 cup and added 2 teaspoons of regular sugar to the dry mix.

All in all, I would say that the cornbread turned out okay.  The consistency and texture were great.  I really liked the small bits of corn left from the frozen corn, and it was very moist.  As for the taste, on it's own, I thought it tasted more like a shortcake or biscuit than cornbread.  Even with frozen corn and corn meal, it just didn't really have that corn taste.  Next time I make it, I think I might try strained canned corn instead.  It won't be as healthy, but I think it will taste better.  I was so disappointed, since this was my only responsibility, that I also made Jiffy muffins at 10:30 that night to prove I wasn't trying to slack off.  Surprisingly, when I ate the cornbread [with a little butter on top] with the chili, it did taste good because I think the chili really added that extra kick of flavor.  All in all, if you are making it to go with something else, it is a good bread to make, but on it's own, I would try something else.

Now as you can see, it's not like my corn bread was that important.  There was so much food!

On another note: Happy 60th Birthday to my momma!


Kelly said...

I love Jiffy muffins! They are so yummy and super easy to make. Happy birthday to your momma, what a cute pic!

Jen said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom!!! :) You can never go wrong with cornbread especially with butter and maple syrup, yum! :)

Anonymous said...

Ahhh Jiffy :) always perfect! I'm sorry these didn't work out for you. Corn bread is difficult, I'm not sure why but I had to do a few different recipes before I found one that was acceptable to me. Happy Birthday to your Mom! :)

Angi said...

Looks good, minus the corn kernels...I'm clearly not a southerner, because I had never even HEARD of corn kernels in cornbread until recently..and it still sounds...annoying. To have little chunks in my cornbread. Haha.

Unknown said...

Looks yummy

Unknown said...

Have you ever had the corn bread at Sweet Tomatoes or Souplantation? I have been searching for a copycat recipe forever. (the one I have found online clearly was not it!) I do love the chunks of corn it. I will have to try this one and see if it is close!

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