Your spoon will thank you for this bread

If you’ve never had spoon bread, you’re missing out. Maybe you’ve never even heard of this…spoon bread? If you haven’t, then this recipe is definitely for you. It’s similar to a cornbread soufflé. It’s full of flavor with the sweetness of the corn and the savory aspect of the dish it’s self. Another perk, it’s not too hard to master this meal!

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup cornmeal (I prefer Bob’s Red Mill Organic)
  • 2 ¼ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heave cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups corn kernels (the frozen or can kinds work fine, just remember to thaw and pat dry.)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Add in jalapeños for a tasty kick!

 

What you’ll do:

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 8-inch-square baking dish. Whisk cornmeal and ¾ cup of milk in bowl until combined. Set this mixture aside.
  • Melt butter in sauté pan over medium heat. Add corn and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining milk, cream, sugar, salt, chili powder and cayenne and bring to boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let mixture steep 15 minutes.
  • Put warm corn mixture in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Return corn mixture to pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and add cornmeal mixture, whisking constantly, until thickened. This usually takes about 2 – 3 minutes. Add in jalapenos here.
  •  Transfer mixture to large bowl and cool to room temperature. Once mixture is cool, whisk in egg yolks.
  • With electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy, about 1 minute. With speed on medium-high, beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk about half of the egg whites into corn mixture. Then very gently add in remaining whites until combined. Place mixture into prepared dish and put it in the oven.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake until spoon bread is golden brown and risen above rim of dish (typically about 45 minutes.) Serve immediately. Try some with honey!
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