Corn Bread

I fell in love with cornbread one night out with friends at a restaurant. Since then, every time I go to other places, I always look out for cornbread but unfortunately, I don’t always get it :(. This constant disappointment got me thinking, “umm I should be able to make some cornbread” and so today, I am going to share my experience making cornbread.

Ingredients
– 1 Cup all purpose flour
– 1 Cup yellow cornmeal
– 1 Cup whole milk or buttermilk
– 2 large eggs
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 stick butter, melted
– 1/4 cup honey
– 1 Tbs baking powder
– 1/2 tbspn salt

Steps:

At the store, the only brand of yellow corn meal I could find was the one shown in the picture below. It turned out to be very good and did not give any problems during preparation and baking.

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So to get started, in bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix till all ingrdients are properly mixed. In different or deep plate like I have, whisk together the whole milk/buttermilk, 2 eggs, butter, and honey.

The honey is optional so if you don’t have any, feel free to skip it. Also, although 1/2 stick of butter is the standard amount, after baking I noticed that the 1/2 stick of butter was a “tinsy winsy” bit too much for my personal taste so next time, I will be using less.

Next, pour the milk mix into the flour mix and stir properly.

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Preheat oven to 375 F,  Pour the mix into a greased baking pan and bake in low rack (if your heat comes from the top of the oven) of 20/25 mins until golden. To ensure it is fully cooked, stick a toothpick in the center of the loaf, if it comes out clean and dry, cornbread is ready else allow to bake for a few more minutes.
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Garlic Bread

Ingredients.

– 1 Tbs full of finely chopped fresh parsley
– 1/4 stick of unsalted butter
– 2 gloves of finely chopped garlic
– French or Italian bread

Steps
– Rinse out parsley leaves under running water as they could be sandy
– Finely chop enough to fill one tablespoon
– Peel & finely chop fresh garlic

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Fresh Parsley

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– Add the 3 ingredients into a clean bowl and mix together. If you want a little kick, you can add a bit of black pepper.
– Slice the bread
– Spread the mix evenly on the bread

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– Preheat oven to 350F
– When the oven is ready, bake the bread for about 10-15 mins

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Garlic Bread is Ready