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BBA Challenge #10: Cornbread [May. 24th, 2012|09:17 am]
Zoethe
This is the only bread in the book that isn't yeast-based, and I was looking forward to it because it involved bacon. It was a very different recipe from most cornbreads that I've had because it included actual corn kernels.'

It was also a huge disappointment. So huge that it honestly sort of threw me out of the BBA challenge mood. I baked this bread in February, and haven't tackled another bread since.

Now, I can't blame that entirely on the cornbread. I did get very sick in February, and then I started biking like a madwoman at the end of the month. But I'm not excited about the next bread in the book, which is another sweet fruit bread. So I've let the project lapse, with the excuse that I hadn't written up the cornbread yet. Maybe getting this out of my system will get me going again.

So, what was wrong with the cornbread? It was too sweet for the savoriness of the bacon on top, and I would have used half the kernel corn that they recommended. It just didn't tickle our fancies.

It's not even worth a picture. But with that out of my system, maybe I'll get back to baking.

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[User Picture]From: fallconsmate
2012-05-24 01:46 pm (UTC)
i smiled at this post...when my parents got married, one of the gifts they got was a better homes and gardens cookbook. needless to say, its gotten a workout over the last 50 years!

but there's a recipe in there, that we always used to make cornbread. every time. same recipe. DESPITE the little notation next to it: "john does NOT like this!!" with the word 'not' underscored three times.

(his issue? it has sugar in it. his mama didnt put sugar in HER cornbread, therefore NO cornbread should have sugar. mama's dad DID put sugar in the cornbread [he was a short-order cook by profession, therefore he did a lot of the cooking at home too] therefore that was the RIGHT way to make cornbread. he still grumbles about it. *G*)
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2012-05-24 02:19 pm (UTC)
where i grew up putting sugar in cornbread is pretty much a sin. lol
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-05-24 02:41 pm (UTC)
I don't mind a little sweetness, but this was just way too much.

And that's very funny.
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[User Picture]From: soldiergrrrl
2012-05-24 03:51 pm (UTC)
No sugar in cornbread!!!!
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[User Picture]From: christilyn
2012-05-24 02:00 pm (UTC)
I like sweeter cornbread--but the idea of a sweeter cornbread with back on top...that doesn't sound appealing. I'd take my pork product on the side--in the form of barbecue! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-05-24 02:42 pm (UTC)
I liked the idea, but the execution just didn't live up.
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[User Picture]From: soldiergrrrl
2012-05-24 03:51 pm (UTC)
I've never liked cornbread with corn in it. I take mine plain, with onion in it, maybe.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-05-24 03:54 pm (UTC)
This is definitely NOT a recipe that I will be revisiting.
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From: anonymousalex
2012-05-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
Wow, disappointing cornbread. How sad. But I, too, am not that big a fan of too sweet with bacon. A little bit of sweet, yes, but there's a tipping point beyond which I go from enjoyment to tolerating at best (see: chocolate-covered bacon).

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-05-25 01:00 am (UTC)
See, I love chocolate covered bacon. I don't know what exactly it was about the cornbread that made it too sweet, but it was the wrong kind of thing.
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From: simulated_knave
2012-05-25 02:17 pm (UTC)
I have fond memories of my first exposure to cornbread in university. A nice kid across the hall used to make it. He was from Kentucky (this was unusual in semi-rural Atlantic Canada).

In any case, it was good cornbread. And we all agreed on the proper pronunciation. Caohnbread.

I am still convinced that the pronunciation is what makes it taste good. Perhaps if you pronounce it differently while using the recipe, the flavour will improve.

Edited at 2012-05-25 02:18 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2012-05-25 02:26 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine what a Kentucky boy was doing in Canada, but I'm glad he introduced you to caohnbread!
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From: simulated_knave
2012-05-27 05:24 am (UTC)
Marine biology, apparently. Admittedly, it's tricky to do that in Kentucky.
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