New Black Pepper Corn Bread - Hearty and Delicious

This hearty and dense corn bread is delicious when served with chili, stew, or soup. Enjoy with any meal where a spicy (but not overpowering) bread is desirable.


1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon gourmet black pepper
1 teaspoon seasoning salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 cup boiling water
1 package fast rising yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup hot water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 cups bread flour, divided

How to make hearty black pepper corn bread:

1) Mix one cup of the cornmeal, pepper, seasoning salt, and onion powder with the boiling water until well blended and smooth. Let the mixture cool to 120 F (about ten minutes).

2) Mix in yeast, sugar, the 1/4 cup hot water, and olive oil. Add one cup of the bread flour and mix until smooth and elastic, which should take about five minutes. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place (free of drafts) until risen and puffy (about 45 minutes).

3) Grease a nine-inch glass pie plate with vegetable oil.

4) Knead more bread flour in until the mix is not sticky. Continue kneading on floured surface until smooth and elastic (about five minutes of kneading). Shape into a ball. Place in the plate and flatten out to fill the bottom. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, which should take about 50 minutes or so.

5) Score the top of the bread in a tic-tac-toe pattern. Bake at 350 F or 180 C for 35 to 45 minutes, or until bread is light brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from the plate and serve warm.

Makes one pan, about ten servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

180 calories
5 grams protein
36 grams carbohydrates
2 grams fat
0 grams saturated fat
0 mg cholesterol
110 mg sodium
3 grams dietary fiber

Brief History of Cornbread

Native Americans were using ground corn for cooking long before Europeans arrived in North America. They mastered the skill of drying and grinding corn into corn meal, which is the basic component of cornbread. Corn was sacred to the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas. European explorers, faced with feeding themselves with whatever was available locally, fashioned cornmeal into cornbread. Cornbread was very popular during the Civil War because it was cheap to make, and could be made in many different ways. Being thin and flat as prepared, it was ideal for transporting over long distances, and could provide significant nutritional value without a lot of bulk and weight.

Popular types of cornbread today include skillet baked cornbread ((grease is heated in a skillet and the batter is poured directly into the hot grease before baking), corn pone (baked or fried in butter or grease), johnnycakes (a pancake-like cornbread), and hush puppies (deep fried and popular with seafood dishes).

Tastes in cornbread vary by region. In the United States, northern and southern cornbreads are different. Northern cooks often prefer yellow corn meal, and a finished bread that is sweetened with sugar or molasses. Southern cooks often prefer white corn meal, and a more salty taste. In the southwest, a spicy jalapeno cornbread prepared with corn kernels and shredded cheese is popular.

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About The Author, Eldon Beard
Eldon Beard is a Manager with Watkins Products. Enjoy the finest gourmet cooking extracts, spices, pepper blends, soup bases, and dessert mixes. Visit our Watkins Products Online Catalog