Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Cornbread

 Here's an easy and quick recipe I found on a website called I was looking for a pumpkin cornbread recipe that was a little more than just adding a half cup of pumpkin to some Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You absolutely can! But I was looking for a scratch recipe. I wanted it to be sweet enough, but not too sweet as with a cake or pumpkin bread. When I read the description on this recipe, I knew I had the right one.
 Here's how it is described: "A nice, warm hunk of this orange-hued pumpkin cornbread goes as well with a bowl of chili as it does slathered with butter and honey for breakfast. You can also try it alongside a plate of huevos rancheros, or with some peanut butter or cranberry preserves."
 I think that about says it all, don't you??? And it's SERIOUSLY easy to make. You don't even need a mixer. You basically just stir everything together! Simple! And OMG wait'll you taste it. Its just EXACTLY as it was described. It's the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Also, there are no spices so the flavors of corn and pumpkin really come through.
This one is DEFINITELY a keeper.

1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 cup yellow cornmeal 
1⁄2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup pumpkin purée 
1⁄4 cup oil
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 400°F. 
Coat an 8-inch square pan with nonstick spray; set aside. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center; set aside. Whisk together the pumpkin, oil, and eggs in a small bowl until combined, then pour into the well of the dry mixture. Whisk together until just combined and scrape into prepared pan. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick just tests clean. Cool on rack. Can be served warm or at room temperature. 

I was about to write something in this section as I always do, and then I realized that this recipe is perfect just as it is! I have no extra tips! 
The only thing I can say about it is that it says it serves 16. Seriously? That's about 2 bites per person! I'd say it's more like 9-12. 
Oh, by the way, I betcha this would go INSANELY well with a huge bowl of Sharon's Award-Winning Sausage Pumpkin Chili. Just sayin!


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