Moist and Cakey Cornbread with Fresh Corn

I often swap (swipe?) recipes with (from?) my dear friend Beth Hensperger, who has written almost as many recipes as I have over the years.  OK, we’re neck-and-neck. But the main reason I bring up the Babe of Baking is cornbread.  Both of us were raised on a not-very-authentic version of the Southern classic that used canned creamed corn as the moistening agent. This cheap and cheerful ingredient was always in my family’s kitchen cupboard, and frankly, we three boys loved it. I was certainly raised to eat with was put in front of me, anyway. The creamed corn infused my Mom’s cornbread with flavor.  Here’s a recipe from that version.  But, most, I bake my own from-scratch cornbread with pureed fresh corn kernels.  They are both great…as long as you are a fan of moist and cake-like cornbread.

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Moist and Cakey Cornbread with Fresh Corn
If you like sweeter cornbread, whisk 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar into the dry ingredients.

You can make this spicy by adding 2 tablespoons minced fresh jalapeño chiles with the corn kernels to the batter. You could also mix in 1/2 cup/55 g shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. But I often prefer my cornbread plain because there is usually plenty of spice in the other dishes on the menu. Think about it...not everything on the plate needs to be hot and spicy.
Course Sides
Cuisine Comfort Food
Servings
9 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large ears fresh corn, husked
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (not reduced-fat)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stoneground
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut up
Course Sides
Cuisine Comfort Food
Servings
9 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 large ears fresh corn, husked
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (not reduced-fat)
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stoneground
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut up
Instructions
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Using a large knife, stand each corn ear on its stem end, and cut down to remove the kernels from the cob. Scrape the knife blade from bottom to top along the cob to extract the “corn milk.” You should have 1½ cups/265 g corn kernels and "milk." Set aside ½ cup/90 g of the corn to add to the batter later.
  3. Purée 1 cup/175 g of the corn, with the sour cream, whole milk, honey, and egg in a food processor or blender. Measure it: you should have a scant 2 cups/240 ml (add more whole milk if necessary). Whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  4. Place the butter in an 8-in square baking dish. Bake until the pan is hot and the butter is melted, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir the butter into the corn mixture, leaving a thin layer of residual butter in the pan. Pour the corn mixture, with the reserved corn kernels, into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. The mixture may look a bit lumpy, but that’s fine. Fold in the reserved corn kernels. Spread the batter evenly in the hot pan.
  5. Return the pan to the oven and bake until the cornbread is golden brown and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire cake rack for 15 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Notes: I measure flour with the dip-and-sweep method, weighing 140 grams per cup.

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