i like cornbread with my chilli or beans. can i use corn flour if i dont have corn meal? is it close enough to corn meal to make good cornbread. i like cornbread but honestly have never been a fan of how gritty itfeels when you eat it. so can i use corn flour as a corn meal substitute?
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What do you mean by corn flour? I've heard of corn meal and corn starch and masa but don't think I've ever seen anything called corn flour. If you mean corn starch, you absolutely cannot use it as a substitute for cornmeal.
That gritty texture is part and parcel of the charm of a good cornbread. It's the coarse grind that gives it that nice, corny flavor.
Most of the gritty texture (which to me the best part) will disappear if you allow your batter to sit for 10-15 minutes before it is dumped in the cast iron skillet, screaming hot from sticking it in the oven during the preheat (this last part also heats up the lard or bacon grease or butter so you get that gorgeous crust on the bottom).
As a matter of fact, just pulled a pan of this southern table staple out of the oven.
Made chili Friday and looking forward to the re-heated leftovers, 'cuz everyone knows it always tastes better the second time around.
Good recipe and method Flip, Proja (cornbread) is a staple in our house.We take its to the next stage for a simple meal in itself by stuffing it.
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I cup cornmeal
1 cup ap flour
125 mls milk or thin yogurt
150 grms crispy pork crackling
150 grms feta
100 mls fizzy water
500 grms spinach
150 grms cooked ham.
Cook spinach dry then let it cool and mix in chopped cooked ham.
Mix flours with baking powder
whisk eggs, milk or yog and oil, add cubed cheese and crackling.
Pour into flour and add fizzy water till you get a good batter.
pour half into a non stick baking tin, add the spin/ham and spoon the other half on top.
Bake in medium oven till golden.
NB be careful with seasoning as the feta and ham should be salty.
Serve with Pivo