Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Corn Bread like you have never had!

We were watching the Cooking Channel and Jason saw this recipe and asked me to try it.  It is really good and super easy, but time consuming.  Jason says it has a much different texture than most cornbread.

Recipe from Chuck's Day Off TV Show

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water, about 110 to 115 degrees F

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for dusting

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 cup corn flour (This is NOT the same as cornmeal!)

  • Vegetable oil, for coating the bowl

  • Egg Wash

  • Combine the water, sugar, and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and mix on low speed until well combined. Increase the speed to medium and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Cook's Note: Kneading the dough can also be done by hand.  (**Personal note:  I made two batches.. one with my kitchen aid mixer, and one by hand.  The one by hand turned out better!)

    Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
    Knock the air out for 30 seconds by punching it down. You can now shape the dough into a ball, then place it onto a flour-dusted baking tray lined with parchment paper. Brush the top of the cornbread with egg wash, sprinkle the top with flour and coarse salt. Let it sit in a warm spot for 1 hour.
    Preheat the oven at 400 degrees F.
    Bake the cornbread for approximately 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

    Cook's Note: You can tell if it's cooked by tapping its bottom. If it sounds hollow it's done, if it doesn't then pop it back in for a little longer. Once cooked, place the bread on a rack and allow it to cool for about 1 1/2 hours.

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