11 September 2010

Weekend Cooking: Sage Cornbread

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There is a hint of fall around here, and with the cooler evenings, I'm getting back into baking. Last night I made a pot of chili and decided to try this sage-flavored cornbread, which was printed in the November 2007 issue of Bon Appetit. The photo to the left is from the Epicurious website, the other photo is my own.

The bread looked pretty and was delicious. When I turned it out of the cast-iron skillet, some of it stuck to the bottom, but that little mishap did not affect the flavor.

Sage and Honey Skillet Cornbread
  • 1 cup cornmeal (preferably whole grain, medium grind)
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage plus 12 whole fresh sage leaves
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat heavy 10-inch-diameter ovenproof skillet (preferably cast-iron) in oven 10 minutes.

Whisk first 4 ingredients and 2 teaspoons chopped sage in large bowl to blend. Whisk milk, honey, and egg in medium bowl to blend.

Remove skillet from oven; add 1/2 cup butter. Swirl until butter is melted. Pour all except 2 tablespoons butter into egg mixture. Add whole sage leaves to butter in skillet; toss to coat. Arrange leaves over bottom of skillet, spacing apart.

Add egg mixture to cornmeal mixture; stir until just combined (do not overmix; batter will be wet and runny). Pour batter over sage leaves in skillet. Bake until browned around edges and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Cool in skillet 10 minutes. Invert onto platter. If necessary, reposition sage leaves atop cornbread.


Tiina 9/11/10, 7:26 AM  

Nice recipe!


Heather 9/11/10, 7:42 AM  

Sounds very good. I love to make corn bread, though I didn't not the corn meal came in different grinds, but then again, I haven't ever checked that closely. Thanks.

Beth 9/11/10, 8:19 AM  

I love cornbread with a twist! I have a bacon cornbread on my radar...I'll have to share once it's done!

Beth 9/11/10, 8:19 AM  

I love cornbread with a twist! I have a bacon cornbread on my radar...I'll have to share once it's done!

Anonymous,  9/11/10, 8:38 AM  

Yum! Cornbread is one of my favorites. Especially for breakfast. :-D

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 9/11/10, 9:12 AM  

When the weather turns cooler, we turn to soups and breads on the weekends - I'll try your sage cornbread (and will consider adding sage to my herb planters next year).

I've shared one of our fall favorite's: Nana's Swedish Apple Cake, which we affectionately call "apple slop."

Molly 9/11/10, 9:17 AM  

I was thinking of doing a Weekend Cooking post on cornbread too! My recipe is so much more basic than this one....I think I will try to think of something else to write.

I will definitely try this sage cornbread that next time I fix a pot of white chili.

Beth F 9/11/10, 9:27 AM  

Molly -- I hope you post your basic cornbread recipe. I'd love to know the way you make it.

JoAnn 9/11/10, 9:47 AM  

Fall is definitely in the air! We all love cornbread and this sounds like a delicious twist.

bermudaonion 9/11/10, 10:56 AM  

Ooh, I bet that sage adds some great flavor to the cornbread.

Anonymous,  9/11/10, 1:40 PM  

This looks tasty, and looks like it's super easy to make!

Margot 9/11/10, 2:29 PM  

I'm feeling the yen to bake too. I like the taste of sage but it never occurred to me to add it to cornbread. I make a cornbread stuffing for turkey so why not add it to cornbread. Makes sense now.

By the way, I made last Saturday's recipe for "Frank" one night this week and we loved it. We added big hunks of parmesan cheese to the top and ate it with a salad. Perfect, easy weeknight meal. Thanks. It will be repeated.

Vasilly 9/11/10, 2:44 PM  

This sounds so good! Now I just need to wait until it feels more like fall to give this a try.

Jane in AUSTRALIA 9/12/10, 5:47 AM  

HI Beth
in the opposite season to you...but the post is a bit dull.
still I made it here.

caite 9/12/10, 6:53 AM  

I love cornbread..but not totally sure about the sage. guess I could try it. :-)

No 'weekend cooking' for me this week. I am away...with no posts pre-scheduled (lazy caite) and now find I have the wrong cable to connect camera and netbook. oh, what a wonderful post you are missing...lol

Heather 9/12/10, 3:20 PM  

Hmmmm... And I've been craving some cornbread. That sounds delicious!

Debbie 9/12/10, 9:51 PM  

I love the tastes of fall...sage is one of those for me.
This would go perfect with a bowl of soup.

Veens 9/13/10, 12:57 AM  

YUmmy!If get all these ingredients, I am going to definitely try it ;)

Em 9/14/10, 8:51 AM  

This post makes me so hungry! I love cornbread! And sage? Yum.

Christine 9/14/10, 11:21 AM  

I LOVE cornbread! I make mine with maple syrup, but I'm definitely going to try using honey next time.

I keep forgetting to join in on Weekend Cooking! One of these weekends, I'll get it right! I just love the idea.

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