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Old 02-05-2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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Cornbread?

Anna Olson making "Confetti Cornbread" on Food Network this morning and I'd like to have a go..

Question: Is corn meal the same as polenta? If not can I substitute? (My health food shop lady where I get these sorts of things says I can but I don't know her cooking credentials.)
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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Yes. One typically uses a cornmeal grind (more coarse than masa) for both polenta and cornmeal.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:41 AM   #3
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I've actually used both grinds for both. But, most cornbread recipes I've seen mean the finer grind. You can use either for corn tortillas but I prefer the finer as I don't like the coarse texture. For polenta, it can also be either one but, again, I prefer the finer due to the texture. However, if the recipe calls specifically for coarse and you use the fine grind, you have to adjust the amount you use (downward if you are substituting the fine grind for coarse) or up the liquid ratio significantly.
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Old 02-05-2014, 12:07 PM   #4
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Has anyone ever made "cracklin" cornbread?

Do you just add cracklings to the batter before baking?

My wife loves cornbread and I just barely like it. If it had cracklings in it, I bet it would be much better.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:36 PM   #5
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Never made it but I do make cornbread with fresh corn kernels and/or chopped jalapeno. However, just took a quick look at a couple of recipes and you apparently just stir the pieces in and bake.

Does your wife put sugar in her cornbread? Craig has always told me he preferred it without sugar in it but the last time I made it I didn't put hardly any sugar in it and he didn't like it at all. So, guess I have to find a compromise. I've been using this recipe for years.

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Old 02-05-2014, 02:50 PM   #6
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Thanks to all. Will try this at the weekend.
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:38 PM   #7
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"Cornbread and iced tea took the place of pills and 90 proof." Name that song!
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:35 PM   #8
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Never made it but I do make cornbread with fresh corn kernels and/or chopped jalapeno. However, just took a quick look at a couple of recipes and you apparently just stir the pieces in and bake.

Does your wife put sugar in her cornbread? Craig has always told me he preferred it without sugar in it but the last time I made it I didn't put hardly any sugar in it and he didn't like it at all. So, guess I have to find a compromise. I've been using this recipe for years.

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No sugar in her cornbread.
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:32 PM   #9
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I really don't care for plain ole cornbread, but I really like this...
Absolute Mexican Cornbread Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Has anyone ever made "cracklin" cornbread?

Do you just add cracklings to the batter before baking?

My wife loves cornbread and I just barely like it. If it had cracklings in it, I bet it would be much better.
I tried it once because it sound really tasty. I could hardly tell they were in the corn bread. They disappeared. I thought it was a waste of yummy cracklings. And yes, I followed a recipe that had me put the cracklings in the batter before baking.
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