I hadn't until yesterday.
What was I thinking?
What was I missing?
Why didn't I understand that my life was not quite complete?
I bought, I made, I ate, I loved.
The taste was a bit milder and the texture a little courser and firmer than regular corn meal. It stood up to honey, butter, and jam. I think it would be awesome with green chilies. And, it was a pretty blue/purple color. Which set off nicely with the yellow/orange of the meatless chorizo cheese souffle beautifully. This made for a terrific Sunday brunch. It didn't take that long so it would make for a lovely Meatless Monday dinner or any day of the week.
Since, I had never used blue corn meal before I went on a hunt for recipes. Pancakes, muffins, fritters, hush puppies, bread, whatever I could get on hands on. Unfortunately, I had to pack up a bundle of my cookbooks with the move so I didn't have those to use as reference. I fell back on my 1930s Joy of Cooking cookbook. Once again, it bailed me out.
While my trusty Joy of Cooking is a wonderful book it didn't have a recipe for blue corn; I went on the assumption that blue corn meal would be like using regular corn meal. I must have assumed right because the bread was lovely.
After the first taste I knew that I needed to share.
Preheat over to 425
Grease a 9 X 9 inch pan or a 12 inch cast iron frypan with melted butter. Place it into the oven until sizzling hot. I used my cast iron pan. I store it in the oven anyway, so, I left it in there while the oven heated up and I put together the batter. When everything was ready I melted a couple of tablespoons of butter and poured it into the pan.
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour. (I would think you could use something gluten-free if you roll that way)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar (I used 2)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups blue corn meal
- 1 egg
- 2 to 3 tablespoons melted butter (I melted more than this. The balance I used to grease the pan.
- 3/4 cup milk (butter or sour milk would be good)
Pour leftover melted butter into the hot pan. Spread the batter into the pan. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a knife stuck into the center comes out clean.
It looks like this:
And tastes like heaven.
Hope you all had a great weekend.