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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

IOWA CORNBREAD...

HI, YA'LL
Remember the IOWA  CORNBREAD recipe on my SUSAN BRANCH calendar?
IOWA CORNBREAD with BEE BUTTER...?
Well, I made it tonight for dinner and it was VERY good.
I followed the recipe, word for word
BUT...
when it came time to "pour it in the pan", I just couldn't bring my silly self
to use just ANY pan...it says use an 8x8 square pan.
I have always cooked my cornbread AND biscuits in CAST IRON....
soooo...
I used my little CAST IRON CORNBREAD SKILLET
and I am GLAD I did.
This recipe calls for ingredients I had never heard of putting into cornbread batter...
wings of a bat... zest of an orange
ginger
cinnamon....yep....CINNAMON.
If you decide to make this delectable bread, BE SURE and don't skimp on these spices...
they are what makes the bread sooo good and so different.




It called for 1 1/2 cups of flour
and only 3/4 cup of CORNMEAL.....
whaaaat??

This is where I got one of the clues this cornbread wasn't our WEST TEXAS CORNBREAD....

As you will see in the photos, more of a biscuit texture....
OOO, the aroma of those spices, baking.....
almost overwhelming. 
I kept opening the oven door to take little peeks and have that
wonderful fragrance hit me right smack in the face. ummmmm
I thought, "these are going to be more like a BISCUIT"
and yet, not  QUITE a biscuit as we know it.
And, I was right....a biscuit....a VERY GOOD BISCUIT.
Oh, the cornmeal made a more dense bread...
it was just a bit different from anything we had ever had...
and we loved it....
all the spices in the batter made our home smell like a 
WONDERFUL BAKERY.
....just heavenly
 I served this delightfully different cornbread with my homemade
BEEF HASH...
my mother's best dish.
I grew up with it and it is one of my very favorite COMFORT foods.

Rump roast, cooked until tender..
potatoes in the skin (I micro mine until almost done...then cut in cubes.)
onions
celery
green pepper
salt and pepper
(saute these until tender)
juice from the roast
a little water
a little flour for gravy....
let all simmer until flavors marry.
O  HONEY
And, then of course, came the BEE BUTTER...
honey and butter mixed....how could it NOT be heavenly.

I spread the Bee Butter on my Iowa cornbread, while it was warm
and it was DELICIOUS.
(isn't the little VINTAGE, SPREAD JOY spreader just perfect ! )
Kathy made it for me.
THIS cornbread is entirely different from OUR cornbread....
but it is a delightful change of pace bread that I will make again.
...wish you could come by and have a piece with me....
well, maybe another time. ;-)

38 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i'm so glad i don't live anywhere near you... *sigh*

Gina said...

I wish I could come by & have a piece with you too! Everything that comes out of your kitchen always looks wonderful!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I know I would love it! I love bread better than dessert! Love your skillet for cooking them. I use cast iron for my cornbread, too and make it thin so it's crispy! Yummy!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I must say this looks pretty yummy! I keep saying I'm going to buy a pan like yours for cornbread!! Bee Butter...yum!
hugs,Linda

LV said...

My family has used cast iron as far back as I can remember. Nothing cooks better. Wish I was your little doggie.

Dear Diary said...

Oh my goodness! Those look like scones done up in that pan. They look delicious! I think I am going to whip up a batch of those soon! When you get a chance, come and visit my new blog www.maggiescrazytalk.blogspot.com

Vee said...

So when was it exactly that you knew it wasn't your ordinary Texas cornbread? LOL! I love this post. I also have this calendar and recipe and I will have to make it, especially on your recommendation.

middle child said...

I don't do honey and I don't care for the "spices" in the recipe but.....the way you put it together? It lookd so beautiful that I would not only have to eat it but I'd need 2nds too!

Stacey said...

That sounds wonderful BJ. Doesn't sound like our Texas style cornbread at all. Is it kind of like a scone? Well I bet it smelled and tasted yummo!

Rebecca said...

Sounds MORE than fabulous BJ!

Now...I just have to tell you that you and your hubby looks so darling in your 52nd anniversary photo. You are sooooo attractive and beautiful and just a sassy looking gal! BEAUTIFUL! Your hubby must think you are something else! LOVE IT!

xoRebecca

Antiques And Teacups said...

I always think a recipe is just a framework to start creating on! I would love a piece! Thanks for sharing!
Ruth

Holly said...

Those look so yummy! I love the cast iron dish.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Everything looks so delicious. I never heard of cinnamon in cornbread but that recipe really sounds and looks good. So did the hash. It's about midnight here, and suddenly I have a craving for that delicious corn bread and some hash.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The bread sounds great, almost like a scone! Love that cute spreader:@)

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

Bee-Butter! Never heard it said, like this. Precious. :-)

The page from your S.B. calendar... I think it's from her Autumn book. Which is now waiting for me, at the library.

I have a bitter-sweet relationship with S.B's work. :-))))))) Of course it's a SWEET one, because her work is sooooooooo beeeeutiful. The bitter part comes from my so wanting, wanting, wanting to do water colors, when I look at her work.

I can do a wee bit. But naturally, nothing like hers. -sigh, moan, pout, etc.-

So.... Bitter-sweet. :-) But that doesn't keep me from looking at her books! ,-)

"Auntie"

Diane said...

Good morning. Thanks for dropping by my blog this morning. I host a linky party on Tuesday called The Gathering Spot and would love it if you would share something. Have a wonderful day! http://mamaldiane.com/the-gathering-spot-21/

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

This sounds so wonderful! Pinned it! I would love for you to share this post and any other Fall related post you have, at this week's It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. Hope to see you there!

The French Hutch said...

I love using cast iron bj. Southern cooking just screams for it. I love your divided pan, pretty slices. This is a different recipe, sounds really good too. The Bee Butter, I've got to have some of it! Great photos……….

~Emily
The French Hutch

Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

Definitely different from any cornbread I've made or eaten!! But it does sound delicious! Love your cornbread pan -- I have one that's shaped like ears of corn!

Audrey said...

Hi bj ... you always make me so hungry with your great cooking. Have not made hash in years. Need to try your method ... the cornbread looks good too. Need to make that, but need that neat little cornbread cast iron pan .... well maybe, I will just have to use my round one.
Blessings,
Audrey Z.

Madeline's Album said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. It does sound heavenly. I just may have to try it some day. Have a blessed day BJ. Madeline

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Your cornbread looks great! I need to go get one of those pans!

Yona said...

How cute! The cornbread is in the shape of Candy Corn. I also like the additions to the recipe. Yum!

Happy Favorite Things Thursday!

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Sweet Posy Dreams said...

That's not Southern cornbread, for sure, but it does look good. Now that the weather is turning cooler, I've been getting a yen for some skillet cornbread -- with lots and lots of butter, of course.

Beth said...

Hi BJ, Your joy in cooking and homemaking is obvious and so delightful! This cornbread sounds good! Although I am from Iowa, I'm not familiar with this type of cornbread but it looks fabulous - as does everything you cook!
Hugs, Beth

Deidre said...

Oh My! You had me at beef hash! Im over here drooling:) LOVIN this! Im so following you come over and get to know your newest cornbread hash eatin friend:) lol Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Two Succulent Sisters said...

I'll bet your West Texas cornbread is pretty special, too. Visiting from Katherine's Party as co-host. Thanks for hooking up. Linda

Shannon said...

I love biscuits and I love cornbread so that biscuit/cornbread sounds delicious and I think I'm going to give it a whirl . . . with the Bee Butter, of course!

Kathleen said...

Your dinner sure sounds good! I love your biscuit pan, I don't have one of those! The biscuits sound wonderful! I hope you used those cute measuring spoons I sent you to measure the ingredients. I use mine all the time! :)
I remember when Kathy sent you that spreader, so cute!
Sarah thinks you will love my table this week, she mentioned you in her comment! :)
Don't forget next Wed is the Harvest table challenge, anything fruit or vegetable. I know you have things, I see those cute white pumpkins!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

OH MY! LOVE this recipe!!! and since I'm in New England cornbread is not really OUR Specialty! LOVE seeing what the rest of the country has to offer us... I AM going to go buy one of your biscut skillets SPECIAL to make these. AND when I print it out it will be "BJ's Cornbread skillet biscuits"!!!
NOW, I have to ask if you made any adjustments on the temp and timing for the CAST IRON???
Thank you got sharing another wonderful treat with us.
Big Hugs,
Donna

Jo May said...

spiced up cornbread...blows my skirt up...and just go ahead and slather on a double helping of honeybutter...I love the cast iron pan,that makes things easier,huh!

Miz Helen said...

Oh BJ,
You always make everything look so good, but the thought of that awesome Corn Bread and Honey Butter has got me. I want to head out to the kitchen and get started on the recipe. Hope you are having a fabulous day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Now this is my idea of a wonderful meal! I just don't know how you eat like this and stay so slim. I'm finding it harder to eat anything good and not gain weight! I love the way this recipe sounds. Illinois cornbread isn't like this either!

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
YuM!!! We're having Chili Mac for supper...maybe, I can coax "Mr. Ed" into making his famous Cornbread too! It's worth a try!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Katherines Corner said...

I love cornbread and yours look divine. That cornbread pan is awesome! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop . BIG hugs!!!

Beverly said...

My husband would love this, BJ. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Well, I'd have to give it a try and not tell them what it is! My husband is such a picky, southern eater - things just have to taste like he's used to! But, once he tries something he admits he likes it! Go figure! Love cast iron and this pan! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Miz Helen said...

Congratulations!
Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen