Friday, February 4, 2011

Fresh from the Farm Corn Meal

Recently we purchased a WonderMill for grinding our grains. While we haven't fully explored the wonders of the WonderMill, we have been using it for corn meal. We have been taking freshly ground corn meal (made from our organic corn) along to the Saturday Farmers' Market.

The mill does a nice job, but we wish we could set it to grind just a bit more coarsely. This is what we get from the "Coarse" setting:

And here's a basic cornbread recipe--perfect for breakfast with butter and syrup or paired with chili.

Corn Bread (a.k.a. Johnny Cake at our house):

1 cup unbleached flour (may substitute all-purpose)
1 cup corn meal
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 8" or 9" square baking dish. Combine flour, meal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, oil and egg, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into greased pan. Bake 20-30 minutes (closer to 20 if using a metal pan, closer to 30 if using a glass pan). Bread should be golden brown on the top, and can be tested for doneness with a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread. If the toothpick comes out clean, it's done.

What's your favorite way to eat cornbread? Any other favorite uses for cornmeal?


  1. Ohhh, Lona, that sounds so good! What a wonderful addition to your "farm fare" line-up! I have been considering a mill for at home, too, so interesting to hear what you think of this model.

    Glad you survived the big storm! We did, too.

  2. With butter.
    With red chili.
    With white chili.
    With ham & beans.
    With pulled pork.
    With milk.
    With butter....

    Corn bread is SO much better with fresh ground corn meal! We actually eat it a lot because it's so easy to make and so healthy. :)

    I have a Nutrimill and I don't have trouble regulating how course my grind is, but I think I prefer it on the finer side.

  3. THAT is the coarse setting? I get bits on the fine setting. ????

    Grinding corn straight out of the bin is one of my favorite treats! :) The first time I made FRESH cornbread I thought we were baking sweet corn.

    I have a Whisper Mill and feed the corn slowly, a few kernels at a time, whereas with wheat I dump it all in at once

  4. Oh wow, that looks so good - now I want to make corn bread. I love it hot out of the oven with butter, but having it with chili is also delicious.

  5. I like to make polenta with my freshly ground cornmeal. It's great stuff!!! And, of course, cornbread! :-D


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