Imagine my surprise, when after we discussed the best ways to prepare fresh corn here, in my modest little blog, that David Tanis of the New York Times did the same! Fabulous. His post, recipes, and reader comments are wonderful – more about the wonders of corn, which I decided are worth one more post. So here ‘tis:
The Vegetarian Epicure Corn Bread
1 and 1/4 cups unbleached white flour
3/4 cup whole-grain corn meal (medium grind is best)
4 tablespoons sugar
5 teaspoons (yes, that’s five) baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter (slightly cooled)
Sift together dry ingredients. Beat the egg with the milk, and add to to the flour mixture, with the melted butter. Stir everything well. Spread batter in a buttered 8 or 9-in pie dish or square baking pan. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for about 30-35 minutes. Serve warm, with butter. Unbelievable.
Second, for those of you who are looking for yet another kitchen appliance, I can’t recommend highly enough the Retsel Mil-Rite(TM) grain mill. My sister Charlotte has had one for more than 30 years. If you have access to wheat berries, dried corn, etc., you can make the best breads ever by grinding fresh flours and cornmeal. The mill is incredibly easy to use. Retsel is a US company, and its products are made domestically. (Charlotte, please comment!)
Finally, several readers pointed out that I should mention the demise of real corn, now replaced by genetically modified varieties. Living in Sonoma County, California, I can get fabulous fresh corn, some of heirloom varieties. If you are inclined to grown your own corn next season, visit online the many resources for heirloom seeds, such as Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Baker Creek has retail locations in Petaluma, California, Marshfield, Missouri, and Wethersfield Connecticut.
To learn more about the demise of corn, read just about anything by Michael Pollan, such as Omnivore’s Dilemma, a disturbing and wonderful book.
Until next time.
Author’s note: I have no financial interest or association with any of the companies or products mentioned in this blog.