Herb Corn Bread Recipe | Sur La Table

By The Art & Soul of Baking: Reprinted with permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing, recipes by Cindy Mushet, photography by Maren Caruso
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Herb Corn Bread Recipe | Sur La Table
Serves
Makes 1 (9- by 5-inch) loaf
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup medium-grind cornmeal (yellow or white)
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large shallot, very finely chopped
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted


Procedure
This might be a simple quick bread, but the addition of fresh herbs takes it to a whole new level. Don’t substitute dried herbs here—they won’t give you the dynamic flavor that fresh ones offer.

Preheat the oven to 350°F and position an oven rack in the center.Lightly coat a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with melted butter or canolaoil spray and line with a piece of parchment paper that extends1 inch beyond the edge of both sides of the pan. In a mediumbowl, whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, andpepper to blend well. Add the shallot, corn kernels, thyme, sageand parsley. Whisk again to blend everything thoroughly.

In a second medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisktogether the half-and-half and eggs. Make a well in the dryingredients and pour the liquid ingredients into the well, thenadd the melted butter. Use a whisk to gently combine theingredients, stirring just until the batter is homogenous andthere are no patches of egg or flour. Don’t overmix or the cornbread may be tunneled with holes.

Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 40 to 50minutes, until the center of the bread feels firm to the touchand a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Transferto a rack and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before turning it outof the pan (It may also be left in the pan to cool completely.).Peel off the parchment paper and cut into slices, or crumble for stuffing.

Herb Corn Bread Recipe | Sur La Table

By The Art & Soul of Baking: Reprinted with permission of Andrews McMeel Publishing, recipes by Cindy Mushet, photography by Maren Caruso
Serves
Makes 1 (9- by 5-inch) loaf
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup medium-grind cornmeal (yellow or white)
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large shallot, very finely chopped
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted


Procedure
This might be a simple quick bread, but the addition of fresh herbs takes it to a whole new level. Don’t substitute dried herbs here—they won’t give you the dynamic flavor that fresh ones offer.

Preheat the oven to 350°F and position an oven rack in the center.Lightly coat a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with melted butter or canolaoil spray and line with a piece of parchment paper that extends1 inch beyond the edge of both sides of the pan. In a mediumbowl, whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, andpepper to blend well. Add the shallot, corn kernels, thyme, sageand parsley. Whisk again to blend everything thoroughly.

In a second medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisktogether the half-and-half and eggs. Make a well in the dryingredients and pour the liquid ingredients into the well, thenadd the melted butter. Use a whisk to gently combine theingredients, stirring just until the batter is homogenous andthere are no patches of egg or flour. Don’t overmix or the cornbread may be tunneled with holes.

Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 40 to 50minutes, until the center of the bread feels firm to the touchand a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Transferto a rack and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before turning it outof the pan (It may also be left in the pan to cool completely.).Peel off the parchment paper and cut into slices, or crumble for stuffing.