After peering through a number of cornbread recipes I took a little of this, and some of that and came up with my own recipe which you are welcome to try.
2 cups of (Self Raising) Yellow Corn Meal Mix
1¼ cups Buttermilk
¼ cup melted butter (or oil if you prefer)
1 cup shredded cheese (I used Mexican Blend)
1/2 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes finely chopped
2 Tablespoons FINELY chopped Red & Green Hot Peppers (I used one red Habanero and one green Jalapeno – dont forget to remove the seeds!) – can be omitted if you don’t like spicy food!
4 Rashers of Bacon – diced and cooked to get rid of the excess fat. (Proscuitto would work well too!)
Salt, Pepper and other herbs for seaoning and taste
Extra Grated Cheese for garnish
~ Preheat your oven to 400F. Grease a couple of small loaf pans.
~ Finely chop the Peppers and Sun Dried Tomatoes and place them in a mixing bowl. Add the cup of grated cheese and toss till well mixed. Add the finely diced cooked bacon. Dice further if necessary, it needs to be really fine.
~ Add the two cups of Cornmeal Mix to the bowl and blend well with the cheese, peppers, tomatoes and bacon.
~ Beat your egg in a separate bowl. Add the buttermilk and whisk a bit more. Add the melted butter and whisk again.
Season the egg, milk and butter mix to taste. As I like my food on the spicy side I also dropped in a shake of Cayenne Pepper too!
~ Fold the liquid into the dry ingredient until combined well. Do not over work the mixture.
~ Spoon the mixture into your loaf pans until they are barely full. (The mixture rises somewhat but not lots!) Sprinkle a little of the extra cheese on top.
~ Bake in your pre-heated oven for 20 – 25 mins or until you do the “poke” test with a skewer and it comes out clean.
~ Allow to cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve by itself or if you are not counting calories, with a nice slather of “good” butter!!!
NOTE: I’m pretty sure this recipe would work well as a sweet Cornbread too, if you exchange the peppers, tomatoes, bacon and cheese with fruit …… say blueberries and add a couple of tablespoons of honey.
These little loaves turned out beautifully and will become a frequent visitor to our table for sure!!