Two Spoon Bread Recipes


Date: Fri, 23 Jul 93 13:39:23 EST

Both recipes
were taken (without permission) from The Complete Book of Breads.

Virginia Spoon Bread (6 servings)

1 cup cornmeal, white
2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk
3 egg yolks
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Stir the cornmeal gradually into the rapidly
boiling water.  When the mixture is smooth, add butter, salt and stir
in the milk.  Remove from heat and stir in the egg yolks.  Allow the
mixture to cool to warm (90-100 degrees).  Meanwhile, beat the egg whites
to hold a peak.  Fold into the mixture.  Pour batter into the baking dish
(one 1-quart baking dish, greased or buttered).  It should come to no
more than 3/4 way up the sides.  Level with rubber spatula.  Bake in the
oven until it is puffed and nicely browned.  A knife blade slipped into
the bread will come out clean when it is done.

Remove bread from the oven.  Serve immediately, and with a spoon.

Bacon Spoon Bread

1/2 lb fried bacon, in bits
2 cups sharp cheddar,shredded
3/4 cup cornmeal, yellow preferred
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/4 cup butter or shortening, room temperature
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
4 egg yolks
4 egg whites, stiff beaten

Beforehand, fry the bacon.  Cut or chop into small bits.  Shred the cheese.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Stir cornmeal into the cold water in the
saucepan and place over medium heat.  Bring to a bubbling boil, stirring
constantly.  When it is thick-perhaps 60 seconds-remove from heat.  Stir
in the cheese, butter, garlic and salt.  When cheese is melted pour in
the milk.  Stir in egg yolks and add bacon bits.  Beat egg whites stiff,
and fold them into the batter.  pour into the casserole or souffle dish
(one 2-quart casserole or souffle dish, greased).  Level the batter with
rubber spatula.  Bake in the oven for about 1 hour.  The bread will be
nicely browned, high and puffy.  Slip a knife blade into the center of the
casserole.  If the blade comes out clean and dry, the spoon bread is done.
If not, return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove bread
from the oven.  Serve while hot.


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