Double Cornbread with Red Pepper, Jalapeños and Cheese

11.21.2012


Spring is here and I´m cleaning my kitchen and my closet. Spring cleaning is in full swing at this house, though it would be good to have such interest in tidying and de-cluttering my home with every change of season, not just spring.
My refrigerator froze in some parts, something that became obvious with today´s cleaning chores. 
How can I go to sleep with a perfectly working fridge and wake up with frozen eggs, jalapeños, egg whites, cream cheese, salami and a few more items? Beats me, after all the weather is getting hotter, the fridge should be loosing cold if anything. 


So it was time to make cornbread. Because it´s almost Thanksgiving, because I´m getting rid of bits and pieces, because it tasted good and I haven´t had lunch. There are always many good reasons to make cornbread. Moist, tender, full of corn kernels, a bit of a kick from the peppers and overall really interesting flavor and crumb.

Cornmeal is a wonderful ingredient, so unique in color and texture. So adaptable to both sweet and savory like these corn rolls, this daisy cake or this galette dough. In this bread it complements the rest, there´s no cornmeal crunch really, just an overall amalgamation of  ingredients. I add a lot of black pepper because I just love it, it´s probably my favorite spice and I use it a lot, even with chocolate.


For those jalapeño lovers the amount here will make you laugh. I know. It´s in the title so you were expecting a lot of kick, but feel free to add as much as you want. This is more of a please everyone kind of cornbread, with a spicy aftertaste. The kind that it´s easily adaptable no matter what kind of food you serve. Because let´s face it, sometimes it´s hard to please everyone and things are better kept at a medium level.

Even though I´m not much of a celebration enthusiast, as I explained here, I like Thanksgiving. Any time to give thanks and eat good food is a good time. We don´t celebrate it here, and I went to maybe five in my life. Two when I was living in California, and the others the couple of times my grandmother decided we should celebrate it. It was really the excuse to cook the turkey and the sweet potatoes and the pies. But then again, nothing beats a table full of happy, laughing people enthusiastically eating wonderful food. 


My warmest and loving thanks to all my food blogging friends, wherever you are, wether you´re celebrating or not, this is a good moment to acknowledge the fact that my life right now wouldn´t be the same without your friendship. Life is better since I´m a food blogger.


DOUBLE CORN BREAD WITH PEPPERS AND CHEESE
adapted from Bon Appetit, november 1997

I use a buttered metal ring with aluminum foil on the bottom instead of the springform pan. If I make half the recipe I use two small eggs.

Ingredients

2 Tbs + 7 Tbs unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1 cup chopped onion (1 small medium)
1 cup corn kernels
½ cup red pepper, seeded, deveined and finely chopped
2 Tbs jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped

1 ¾ cups yellow cornmeal
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
Freshly ground pepper
1 ½ cups buttermilk or whole milk
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups grated fontina or mild cheddar cheese, packed

Directions

Preheat oven to 400ºF /200ºC
Butter round or square 9-inch springform pan.
In a skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add onion and red pepper and cook for a few minutes until a little browned. Add corn and jalapeños and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and reserve.
In a large bowl mix cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt and pepper. Add cold butter and rub with your palms until mixture resembles coarse sand.
In a small bowl mix buttermilk and eggs. Add all at once to the dry mixture and mix just to combine. Add cheese and sauteed vegetables and mix well.
Pour into prepared pan and bake 30 to 40 minutes, until golden and tester comes out clean.
Let cool on wire rack.


15 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! now it just needs to get really cold so I can make soup and corn bread :)

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  2. Nothing beats homemade cornbread (well...maybe chocolate!) I love the way you cut this!

    Wishing all the blessings of Thanksgiving!

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  3. Tasty looking cornbread in fun shapes to boot!

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  4. This looks fantastic and just what we love here. I have been teaching my granddaughter to make cornbread. I can't wait to tell her we always forget to add the actual corn, LOL. I would add the Fontina cheese, so tasty. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Enjoy!

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  5. Yummmm!!!!! That looks awesome and Happy thanksgiving :)

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  6. this is a nice spin to the classic cornbread. being a fan of anything spicy, i think it's great you added jalapenos :)

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  7. It looks very tasty... I love this kind of pies!

    www.francescainthekitchen.blogspot

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  8. I am in love with this recipe. I like cornbread even by itself, but now I see that it pales in comparison to the much improved version with the peppers and cheese. This is genius! Thank you for adding the jalapeños; sometimes I really wish I could just come over and try everything you make.

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  9. Danielle HarringtonThursday, 22 November, 2012

    Where do you live that it is spring? I'm in the US & it is fall. I do love cornbread, but thought it odd this post talked about spring, but was posted in November.

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    1. I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that´s the southern hemisphere. So our seasons are exactly the opposite as yours!

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  10. In my house, I'd have to tone this down even more :/ But I do love corn bread and can't wait to make your spicy version next time we have chili. Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!!! xo

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  11. I really want to dig into this deliciousness :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. The warmth from the jalapenos is a perfect antidote for the cold weekend ahead. I am planning on turkey and barley soup with Thanksgiving leftovers and Double Cornbread would pair very nicely for a splendid dinner!

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  13. I'm always up for trying a new cornbread recipe. It goes so well with summertime barbecue!

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  14. I made this tonight to go along with some minestrone soup. It was really delicious and quite substantial with the addition of all those veggies. I would absolutely make this again. Thanks!

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