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Texas Cornbread – the name intrigued me so much when I saw it in “The Hairy Bikers’ Family Cookbook – Mums know Best” which was 1 out of 8 cookbooks I’d hauled back from Newcastle recently..
This recipe’s by Julia Vinson, a mum living in Suffolk and is an adaptation from the American cornbread recipe – a meal by itself really, simple, hearty and delicious.. 🙂

Texas Cornbread

Serves 6-8
Ingredients:

  • 150g yellow cornmeal
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 240ml buttermilk (don’t have it, so I made it with 220ml milk with 2 tbsp lemon juice and leave it for 15-30 mins)
  • 1 x 400g can of creamed corn (don’t have it, so I made it with 300ml crispy corn blended and topped up with milk)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 50g bacon drippings or butter (I used butter)

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 450g minced beef or other meat
  • 2 onions, peeled and chopped
  • 225g hard cheese, grated (I used old Dutch cheese)
  • 50g jalapeno peppers, chopped

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. In a large bowl, mix cornmeal with bicarb soda and salt. Add buttermilk, creamed corn and eggs. Then beat till batter’s smooth and set aside.
  3. Put bacon drippings or butter into a heavy pan or baking dish and place in oven to heat up.
  4. To make filling, heat oil in a frying pan and lightly brown minced beef and chopped onions.
  5. Pour half batter into hot dish and sprinkle on browned beef and onion, cheese (I put some aside to sprinkle on top of top batter) and jalapenos (add more if you really like hot food).
  6. Then top with remaining batter. (I put some cheese on top of batter as well coz we love cheesy crispy toppings.)
  7. Bake for 45-50 mins.

Texas Cornbread 4

We’d our Texas Cornbread with some cucumbers but it can be served with any kind of salads..
As we would say it in Dutch, “Lekker!”.. 🙂

Just for my own reference (or if anyone’s interested to just make only Southern Cornbread), here’s the recipe:

Southern Cornbread
Serves 6-8
Ingredients:

  • 1½ tbsp melted butter
  • 225g white cornmeal
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 480ml buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, well beaten

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Add melted butter to a heavy pan or baking dish and put dish in oven to heat up.
  3. Sift cornmeal, salt and bicarb soda into a bowl.
  4. Mix eggs with buttermilk and stir into cornmeal to make a smooth batter.
  5. Take hot dish out of oven, stir hot butter so sides of pan are coated.
  6. Then carefully pour batter into dish.
  7. Bake for 30 mins.


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