Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Diary of a Secret Housewife: Warm Custard Spoon Bread

On a cold winter morning, what could be better than a warm, lovely, custardy, cornbready, cakey concoction?

Nothing.  That's why you should make this warm custard spoon bread, recipe courtesy of Food 52.  And serve it with lots of maple syrup.


1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cups stone ground corn meal (I use local Texas cornmeal)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 large organic eggs
2 cups organic milk ( I use 2%)
2 tablespoons melted unsalted organic butter + 2 teaspoons to grease your pan
1 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup heavy organic cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place an un-greased 8x8-inch baking dish in the oven to warm.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate, large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients except the heavy cream. You will use the heavy cream at the end to finish off the dish.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and slowly stir until batter is smooth and free of lumps.

Remove heated dish from the oven and add the remaining 2 teaspoons butter.

Slowly scrape the batter into the heated and now buttered pan and set dish on the oven rack. With the dish in the oven, slowly pour the cream over the batter, without stirring.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top layer is golden brown and a knife comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!


lavenderpug January 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM  

oh my, that looks and sounds heavenly.

The Bride Concierge January 11, 2011 at 12:11 PM  

I was lusting over it when I saw it on Food 52!!! Now it's take two....

Sandy January 11, 2011 at 6:26 PM  

sounds so good, i feel so guilty that i haven't been cooking as much lately.

Caddie January 12, 2011 at 1:15 AM  

This is a copy of a Joy of Cooking recipe. Everything about it is the same except that the baking powder is doubled and a few flavorings added. The original recipe, with half the baking powder, is less bitter and tastes better. I would think that posting this is actually a copyright violation.

Mrs. Hot Cocoa January 12, 2011 at 5:57 AM  

@ The Bride Concierge: I know! The photos on food52 made it look so delish.

@ Sandy: if I had a job as demanding as yours I'd be eating at KFC every day!

@ Caddie: Now that you mention it, it did seem a little bitter; I attributed that to the cornmeal. I'll try the JOC version for sure. I believe the food52 folks mentioned that it's adapted from the JOC but either way I doubt one can make a case for copyright infringement given the changes to the original.

BigAppleNosh January 12, 2011 at 10:47 AM  

You had me at custard. Wow, this sounds amazing.

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