“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
If you are looking for a deliciously different type of bread to serve with your winter casseroles, soups or stews . . . look no further! These are fabulous.
These are rich and buttery . . . with a delicious crunchy texture from the cornmeal.
Add to that a delicious tang from the buttermilk, and you have a true winner.
They go together quick and easy and can simply be patted out and cut into squares. I cut the recipe in half because there is only Todd and I, with no problem at all. They turned out perfectly.
Three days later and we had the last of them warmed up with our supper tonight and they were still lovely. I have chosen to brush them with buttermilk and sprinkle them with some flaked sea salt and coarse black pepper, but you could also just brush them with the buttermilk and sprinkle them with some coarse demerara sugar.
They would be fabulous for breakfast done this way and served along with some butter and your favourite preserves.
I do hope you will give them a try. I'm sure they'll become a favourite in your house too!
Crisp and lovely. Great with soups, stews and other savoury dishes.
200g of plain flour (2 cups)
170g of cornmeal (fine polenta, 1 cup)
2 TBS granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp fine seasalt
4 ounces cold butter, cubed (1/2 cup)
250ml of buttermilk (1 cup)
More buttermilk to brush on the top, plus some flaked sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 220*C/420*F/ gas mark 7. Have ready a large baking sheet, lined with baking paper.
Whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt together in a large bowl. Drop in the butter. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using your finger tips or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the centre. Add the buttermilk all at once. Stir with a spoon to moisten. (you may need a bit more buttermilk if the mixture seems too dry.) Tip out onto a floured surface. Gently knead 4 or 5 times. Pat out into an 8 inch square, 3/4 of an inch thick. Cut into 2 inch squares. Place the squares 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Brush the tops lightly with more buttermilk and sprinkle with sea salt flakes and coarse black pepper.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until well risen and lightly browned. Serve warm.