Corn Bread Croutons
Making these corn homemade bread croutons is a great way to switch up the regular traditional croutons. If you don't know how to make cornbread, don't worry, we have you covered. You'll learn how to make homemade bread cornbread from scratch and then make it into your lovely croutons, all with one quick and easy cornbread recipe. You can even enjoy a slice at it's best, which is right when it comes out of the oven. This quick and easy cornbread recipe could also be made as a loaf of cornbread to enjoy with dinner or as a snack. You might even enjoy this quick and easy cornbread recipe as a muffin, perfect for lunches and picnics. Croutons are usually enjoyed with a caesar salad, and of course, these cornbread croutons could be enjoyed in the same way, or on a different salad recipe. You could use this quick and easy cornbread recipe on top of a bowl of chilli or on top of some soup. They could also be used in a stuffing recipe for your chicken or turkey easy dinner idea, or used as a topping for a healthy homemade soup recipe. We have a great recipe for a pumpkin soup recipe that these would pair very nicely with, bringing in all of the favorite fall flavors.
Cornbread is an often forgotten homemade bread recipe that is easy to make. This tasty bread often makes an appearance in the colder months and is great on its own with some butter, or as an accompaniment to chilli recipes. This homemade bread recipe takes cornbread a step further and makes them into cornbread croutons, a simple baking recipe that is the perfect addition to your winter squash soups, such as pumpkin soup or butternut squash. For this quick and easy cornbread recipe and other homemade bread recipes, you'll want to take a look at the Grandmothers Kitchen site.
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Cornmeal is a good ingredient to keep in your kitchen pantry and can be used for a variety of recipes to include this quick and easy cornbread recipe. Polenta. Polenta is a food idea that uses cornmeal. This food idea doesn't take a lot of time, just 30 minutes on the stove, and you can enjoy this recipe for breakfast or dinner. You can enjoy creamy polenta as a bed for roasted vegetables or as a hearty meat ragu. Cornmeal can also be baked into cornmeal muffins, cookies, cake recipes and scones. For a gluten-free option to bread crumb coatings, use cornmeal to coat your food. You can coat food with cornmeal and bake it or deep fry it. You can use cornmeal as a coating on chicken, fish or vegetables. Another idea for cornmeal is to use it in pancakes. Cornmeal pancakes are different from buttermilk pancakes, as they are much thinner, with crisp edges, and a nice texture worth trying. **
Makes One 9-inch cast iron skillet
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1 1/4 cups coarsely ground cornmeal
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup whole milk
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
9 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 425F and place a 9-inch cast iron skillet inside to heat while you make the batter.
2.In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk in the milk, buttermilk, and eggs. Whisk in almost all of the melted butter, reserving about 2 tablespoons for the skillet later on.
3.Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 375F. Coat the bottom and sides of the hot skillet with the remaining butter. Pour the batter into the skillet and place it in the center of the oven. Bake until the center is firm and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow cooling for 10 to 15 minutes.
To make cornbread into croutons:
1.Cut cornbread into 1 inch cubes, toss with melted butter and bake in a 375F oven until golden brown.
Note: This is fantastic as croutons, but you can also make it as a corn bread and slice it up to serve.
Nutrition Facts for: Corn Bread Skillet Croutons From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Cornmeal, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, kosher salt, baking powder, baking soda, whole milk, buttermilk, eggs, unsalted butter.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 285, Calories from Fat 140, Total Fat 15.5g 24%, Saturated Fat 9.0g 45%, Cholesterol 78mg 26%, Sodium 522mg 22%, Potassium 273mg 8%, Carbohydrates 32.5g 11%, Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%, Sugars 8.5g, Protein 5.6g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 11%,Iron 8%
This recipe comes to use from Dish Cooking Studio in Toronto, Canada.
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