I love corn bread all by itself. But this recipe is really yummy, especially when served with a nice pork roast and a little gravy on the side. I hope you enjoy it. Prep time does not include the cooling period for the corn bread.
For the corn bread
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups yellow cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
For the pudding
- 4 large eggs
- 4 cups milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne, to taste
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomatoes, drained well, chopped
- 6 green onions, finely chopped
- The cornbread can be made several days in advance and kept in an airtight container.
- To make the corn bread: In a bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and butter.
- Stir the milk mixture into the cornmeal mixture until just combined.
- Pour the batter into a greased 8-inch square baking pan.
- Bake the cornbread in the midle of a preheated 425^F oven 20-25 minutes until a tester comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan for 5 minutes; invert onto a rack; cool completely.
- Crumble the corn bread coarsely into 2 shallow baking pans and toast in the middle of a preheated 325^F oven, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 35 minutes until it is dried and a deep golden color.
- Set aside.
- To make the pudding: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cayenne, and salt to taste.
- Add the crumbled corn bread, tomatoes and scallions.
- Combine well.
- Divide the pudding between 2 greased 9-inch round cake pans.
- Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Bake in the middle of a preheated 375^f oven for 40-45 minutes until golden.
- Cut into wedges to serve.
This recipe is a solid base for cornbread pudding - a bit bland, but with the addition of some garlic salt and fresh cracked pepper, it'd be a total winner! I halved the recipe, used leftover cornbread from a few nights ago, and added 1/2 can of diced chilies and a whole lot of shredded cheese on top. Oooh, maybe some extra-sharp cheddar cheese mixed into the mixture would give it some flavor, also. (To be fair, I used less cayenne because I am not a fan of HOT...)