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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Father's Day CORNBREAD!

When I first started Tracy Takes the Cake, I had in mind that the blog would be mostly about food; the recipes I love and the ones I want to try.  My kitchen would become a gathering place. I would grow the fruits, vegetables and herbs right it my backyard.  The Food Network would certainly be calling. What the hell was I thinking?  I can't take a photo to save my life and I never have the ingredients I need so I always have to go the the store before I can finish a recipe. I don't have the patience to babysit you people every step of the way!!

When I cook or bake, I make a hell of a mess.  I don't lovingly select my ingredients, lay them out on the counter (try to find a spot) and photograph them.  I'm usually rifling through the fridge or cupboard trying to locate the next ingredient. "Kids! Where's the butter??? I just bought some!  Is someone eating it straight from the fridge??" Hands dripping with batter or coated with flour, I'm opening cabinets with my foot or closing doors with my hip. It's hard to actually take a picture of the finished product because, while I'm off to find the camera, the kids are usually hoovering the baked goods straight from the pan.

I've learned that "I love to cook" doesn't necessarily mean "I can do a food blog".  I'll leave that to people like my friend Renee who is realllly good at it.

Once in a while, though, bad pictures or not, I'll throw a cooking experience at you.
It will usually be tied to a Meaningful Event.  Today's Meaningful Event is Father's Day and the star of the show loves cornbread.  This is mostly because it gives him a reason to shout "CORNBREAD!" in a really loud voice using his 'American accent'.  Think Yosemite Sam.

Neither of us grew up eating cornbread, it's not very Canadian at all, but I've made it a few times and it has become one of Norm's favorites.  It's for special occasions only, like Father's Day, due to the astronomical carb count. It's a sweet variety I've adapted from one or two recipes that I found on the interweb.  It's dead easy.  Read the frequently asked questions that follow.

 Norm's Favorite "CORNBREAD!"
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cornflour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup white sugar 
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil (I use grapeseed oil, but will try melted butter next time)
  • 1 cup frozen peaches and cream corn kernels

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix flour with...mix dry ingredients.

Next add your egg, milk, oil and corn. Mix well. (Would you really have to say 'Mix well'? Would someone not actually mix it?  Recipes are weird.) Grease an 8x8 inch pan and fill with batter. Take an artsy picture with a tea towel and some measuring spoons.

Bake aprx 25 minutes or until edges are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Serve warm with butter, if you can find it.


Q.  Can I make a healthier version of this?
A.  No. Just eat it.  You can run up and down the stairs later if you want.

Q.  This doesn't look like traditional cornbread.  Would you like to know how to make the
      traditional kind?
A.  No.  I'm Canadian and you're not the boss of me.

Q.  Can I freeze this cornbread?
A.  No.  There isn't going to be any left to freeze. Why would you want to freeze it when
      you can eat it?

Q.  Can I use all cornmeal instead of cornflour and do I have to put the kernel corn in?
A.  Well, you're all grown up now so I trust you to make those kinds of decisions yourself.
      God, you people are needy, leave me alone! 

See! I cut the top of his head off!

Happy Father's Day and Birthday, as well to my Dad, who probably wouldn't go near cornbread, but makes some of the best food you've ever tasted.


  1. Love it!! You bake the same way I do...or I bake the same way you do?! Either way I'm off to check Renee's blog for that puff pastry recipe with the chocolate in it - remember, those awesome ones she brought that time? I'm going to see if I can screw it up here :)

    Enjoy the rest of your day!

    1. Yes, I remember! Do you have to go to the store for the puff pastry, though?!

  2. Great blog! Great bread recipe. I was going to make some but I just finished whining about my pooched out belly after eating too much Father'sDay food.
    Wish the king a happy day for us!!

  3. I love me some cornbread - yours sounds divine! Believe it or not, I rifle through cupboards too, trying to find ingredients. Was all set to make crepes today and then realized I had no milk. It happens :) We should meet soon for coffee and chats.

  4. 1. Great photography!
    2. Keep saying "interweb"
    3. When the hell was Fathers Day


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