Corny Cornbread squares would make a lovely accompaniment to afternoon tea. Tonight they shared the dinnerplate with a new scallop dish. Watch this space for details.
"Extremely corny and very moist," Tuck judged our Corny Cornbread -- is the name corny enough for you? -- latest star in the Cold Turkey Cookbook firmament. We started with Bon Appétit's "Easy Cornbread" and made a few changes:
1 cup Jiffy corn muffin mix = 600 calories. See Note #1* below for the virtues of Jiffy mix.
1 large beaten egg = 74 calories
4 ears cooked corn sliced off cobs and pureed = 3/4 cup = 332 calories. See Note #2** below for comparison of canned creamed corn and homemade puree.
5 cloves roasted garlic = 20 calories
TOTAL = 1030 calories for 9 squares = 114 calories per square
Preheat oven to 400°, spray an 8-inch-square pan with PAM and half fill a slightly larger pan with water for the square pan to sit in during baking to prevent browning of edges.
Blend Jiffy mix, egg, corn puree and garlic cloves in medium bowl, pour into 8-inch pan and bake until edges begin to pull away from pan sides and wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Cut into 9 squares.
Suggested serving accompanying Scallops with Snow Peas and Cashews on a bed of noodles with Sauce Sisu, recipe and calorie counts in the pipeline.
*Note #1: What's so nifty about Jiffy is that the yellow cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and fat -- lard! -- are in the box, so all you have to add is egg and corn. The roasted garlic is our signature ingredient for just about everything savory.
**Note #2: Compare the 90 calories in 3/4 cup of canned creamed corn called for in the Bon Appétit recipe with 332 calories -- over three times as many -- per 3/4 cup of the homemade puree. We used fresh corn because we had some left over from our Down East Labor Day Cookout and because we love corn sliced off the cob. Next time we'll try the creamed corn and let Tuck be the judge of which is cornier and moister. We like the idea of fewer calories, but never at the expense of taste, rib-stickiness and mouth feel.