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    Chef #1800114437
    Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:29 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Would like to have a corn bread recipe that is more like a loaf. Lighter in texture. Not dry and gritty. Is this possible? icon_question.gif
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:22 am
    Forum Host
    Red is very expert at cornbread and I am sure he will be popping in to add his two cents' worth. I just want to clarify - do you mean something more like a quick bread loaf, like a zucchini bread, which is quite moist? Or do you mean a loaf of bread that could be sliced for sandwiches - broa is a Portuguese bread that incorporates cornmeal in it, but is more like a traditional loaf of bread.
    Chef #1800114437
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:53 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    The cornbread that I have tried is flatter than a loaf, and gritty. About one and a half to two inches high, or muffins that were flatter. I was thinking of something maybe three or so inches high, baked in a loaf pan. Just cornbread ingredients.
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:59 am
    Forum Host
    OK, we'll have to see if we can find you a recipe. I just bought a cookbook of just cornbread recipes, will also check that.
    Red Apple Guy
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:27 pm
    Forum Host
    Flour is blended with corn meal for a more bread-like texture and most recipes and cornbread mixes have flour in them at a 1 to 1 ratio by volume.

    For a quick-loaf like loaf, mentioned by duonyte, search in the box at the top center of this page for "cornbread loaf". Several recipes should appear. I've not made these, but they look reasonable.

    Finally, several recipes I've seen address the grittiness of cornbread. I haven't noticed the grittiness, but I grew up on the stuff. One recipe claimed white cornmeal was less gritty. (?) Another suggests soaking the cornmeal (not a mix, just cornmeal) in hot water before finishing the recipe. I think soaking is a great idea as I do that with whole grains and with whole grain wheats with success. See:

    I wouldn't hesitate to soak cornmeal in whatever liquid is used in the recipe overnight in the fridge.

    Chef #1800114437
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:15 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks Red icon_biggrin.gif
    With soaking the cornmeal, would the liquid in the
    recipe need to be altered to compensate for that?
    Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:08 pm
    Forum Host
    No - just keep the dish covered to prevent evaporation of the liquid. You are using the same ingredients, just putting them together in a slightly different order.
    PaulO in MA
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:45 am Groupie
    Corn Light Bread

    The Southern Heritage Breads Cookbook. Oxmoore House, Birmingham, AL, 1983.

    2 cups cornmeal
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    ½ cup sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    2 cups buttermilk
    1/3 cup water
    3 tablespoons bacon drippings

    Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt, mixing well. Dissolve soda in buttermilk; add cornmeal mixture, stirring well. Add remaining ingredients; mix well.

    Spoon batter into a well-greased 8½- x 4½- x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until golden brown. Yield: 1 loaf.

    Last edited by PaulO in MA on Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:45 pm, edited 1 time in total
    PaulO in MA
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:58 am Groupie
    The following also have some yeast cornbread recipes ...

    Homemade Breads. By the Food Editors of Farm Journal. Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1969.

    Braué, John Rahn. Uncle John’s Original Bread Book. Recipes for Breads, Biscuits, Griddle Cakes, Rolls, Crackers, Etc. Galahad Books, New York, 1965.
    Red Apple Guy
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:34 am
    Forum Host
    You've been browsing your old library cookbooks again. icon_biggrin.gif

    PaulO in MA
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:42 am Groupie
    Yup. Might make that corn loaf if it rains today like it's is forecast.
    Red Apple Guy
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:17 am
    Forum Host
    Keep us posted.

    PaulO in MA
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:06 am Groupie
    Will do. Sun is out. Actually a very nice day here. Rather make the corn loaf than mow the lawn, though. icon_biggrin.gif
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:20 am
    Forum Host
    That Corn Light loaf sounds very good.
    Chef #1800114437
    Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:15 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
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