Cornbread with honey, brown butter and oregano

Cornbread with honey, brown butter and oregano

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From
The Art Of The Larder
Photographer
Mike Lusmore

Another American staple and one to rival the hunk of bread made with wheat and served on the side to swipe around the plate, mopping up sauce in lieu of a knife and fork. Cornbread can’t really be called healthy, especially if you are like-minded here with the butter in this recipe. Honey and oregano would have some cornbread purists pass out with the shock, but I like it, especially with all that caramelized butter.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g coarse cornmeal/polenta
250ml buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon runny honey
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2-1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
50g butter
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
  2. In the hot oven in a baking dish, or on the hob in a dry frying pan over a moderate heat, toast the cornmeal for a few minutes until fragrant.
  3. In a bowl mix the cornmeal with the buttermilk, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, honey, eggs, oregano, salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Put the butter into a 20cm, non-stick ovenproof frying pan and heat over a high heat. You want the butter to caramelize, turning nutty, but not burn. Sediments should begin to fall away from the clear hot butter liquid and be a nice shade of brown, not black. Tip all but 2 tablespoons of the caramelized butter into the cornmeal mixture and mix.
  5. Return the pan to a high heat, wait 10 or so seconds for the pan to get very hot, then add the cooking oil and pour in the batter – it should sizzle as it hits the hot pan.
  6. Put the pan into the hot oven and bake for 20–25 minutes, until the cornbread is firm to touch and golden brown or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and spoon over the reserved brown butter.
  8. Best served immediately, cut into doorstop wedges.
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