Sid’s Southern Skillet Cornbread

Now’s a great time to get cozy with freshly ground local cornmeal. Nash’s sales manager and miller Sid Maroney is from Tennessee and is quite the cornbread maker. Southern cornbread traditionally doesn’t include wheat flour or sugar, just good, fresh cornmeal. Try this simple recipe to wow and amaze your friends and family with the tastiest cornbread they’ve every had!
skillet cornbread3 cups Nash’s cornmeal
1 tsp kosher salt (1 1/2 if using unsalted butter)
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups buttermilk or milk
3 eggs
1 stick unsalted butter

Place 12-inch cast iron skillet on the center rack of oven and preheat to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk all wet ingredients. Combine wet into dry, mix thoroughly but avoid over-mixing.

Butter up the skillet (careful, it’s hot!) and spread the batter into the pan. Bake until lightly browned and starting to crack. YUM!

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Buckwheat Bliny

Buckwheat groats

Before it’s ground into flour, buckwheat looks like a pile of tiny, three-sided pyramids. After it’s ground, sifted, and baked into pancakes, buckwheat is delicious.

This traditional Russian dish highlights buckwheat’s place of origin (Siberia) and is very versatile. Add your choice of accompaniments and eat these treats for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. Make a batch on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week! If you are trying to reduce the amount of gluten in your diet, use all buckwheat flour instead of the soft white wheat flour.

2/3 cups Nash’s soft white wheat flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 cup warm milk
2 tablespoons  butter
1 egg, separated
Vegetable oil (high heat)

Optional accompaniments
Butter
Sour cream
Crème fraîche
Caviar
Smoked fish (salmon, sturgeon, trout, whitefish)
Chopped onions
Chopped hard-boiled eggs
Fresh chopped dill
Beet salad

In a bowl, mix the first four dry ingredients together and then make a well in the center. Add the milk and blend well with a wooden spoon. Cover with a dish towel and place in a warm, draft-free area and let the sponge rise until it doubles in size, about a hour.

Melt the butter and let it cool. Break up and beat the egg yolk in a small bowl and add the cooled melted butter a teaspoon at a time (this is an important step to temper the batter) and beat well. Add this egg yolk/butter mixture to the sponge and mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until stiff and fold into the sponge/batter. Cover again and let stand for twenty minutes.

Heat a skillet or griddle to medium heat and coat lightly with vegetable oil. Spoon about 2 tablespoons to a quarter cup of batter on the skillet, depending on how large you want your bliny to be. When the bubbles on the surface of the batter pop (after about a minute or two) turn the bliny over with a spatula and cook for another 45 seconds to a minute. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Serve with your preferred accompaniments.

We thank thekitchn.com for this recipe.

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Buttercup Squash Cornbread

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Magically turn your squash into cornbread.

1 1/2 cup Nash’s stone-ground cornmeal
1 1/2 cup Nash’s triticale or white wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed or pureed roasted buttercup squash
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup Dungeness Valley Creamery milk
1/2 cup yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup melted butter (plus some for greasing the pan)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil, or light cooking oil, such as sunflower oil
2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease an 8 x 11 baking pan or similar sized cast iron skillet with butter. Don’t skimp on the butter–it gives a nice crispy golden bottom and sides to your cornbread.

Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

The easiest way to roast squash is whole in the oven. Simply wash the squash, knock the stem off with the butt of a large knife, and place it whole on a pie dish. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 min or an hour, until it is cooked through and can be easily pierced w a fork. Cut squash in half and allow to cool a bit before scooping out seeds. Mash flesh with a potato masher, or for a smoother puree, use a hand blender or food processor.

Whisk the eggs and maple syrup together until frothy. Add the pureed squash, milk, oil, and yogurt. Whisk all together until smooth. Fold this mixture into the dry ingredients until almost combined. Add the slightly cooled melted butter and stir everything together until just combined. Do not overmix.

Pour the batter into a greased 8 x 11 baking pan or a similar sized cast iron skillet. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the top is golden, the bread is pulling away from the pan at the edges, and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Place the pan on a wire rack and cool for about 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm! Yield: 12 servings.

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Margie’s Bran Muffins

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Wake up tomorrow to your very own bran muffins!

1 cup Nash’s soft white wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Nash’s wheat bran
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses or honey
2 large eggs
1 cup nonfat buttermilk (or half-&-half with 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
1 grated carrot, apple, or zucchini

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in bran with a whisk or long-tined fork.

Beat together brown sugar, molasses, egg and buttermilk. Add the dry ingredients to liquid ones and stir to moisten, about 30 seconds. Fill each cup in a 6-cup greased muffin tin to 3/4 full and place in oven. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool on rack.

We thank Nash’s own Margie for this recipe.

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Kia’s Skillet Cornbread

skillet cornbread

This is super simple to make, and can be altered in lots of different ways, depending on your mood!

1 cup Nash’s cornmeal
1 cup Nash’s white wheat flour (or triticale flour or red wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 egg
1 cup raw milk
1/4 cup melted butter

Combine wet ingredients and mix them into thoroughly combined dry ingredients. Slather butter or bacon grease into 8” cast iron pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Variations:

  • Add a teaspoon each of chilli powder and ground cumin to the dry mix.
  • Grate or dice chunks of cheese and gently fold into batter before putting into pan.
  • Gently fold roughly chopped fresh cilantro, basil or parsley into the batter.
  • Gently fold about a cut of chopped peppers, leeks, onions, green onions, corn kernels or other veggies into the batter.
  • Use coconut oil instead of butter.
  • Top the batter with thinly sliced colorful peppers for a beautiful presentation.

We thank Nash’s own Kia for this recipe.

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Pumpkin Cornmeal Biscuits

Baby in a pumpkin

Do I get a biscuit? A pumpkin biscuit?

1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups Nash’s white flour
1/2 cup Nash’s cornmeal (either coarse or medium grind)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider or apple juice

Preheat the oven to 425 and oil a baking sheet. Cut the butter into small pieces and place in a medium bowl. Sift in the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the brown sugar and mix until lump-free.

In a blender or food processor, combine the pumpkin puree and the cider or juice. Pour into the flour mixture and stir briefly, just until well blended. Drop the biscuits by 1/4 cups onto the baking sheet 1-2 inches apart.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until puffed and very slightly brown around the edges and a toothpick tests clean. Serve immediately.

This seasonal recipe comes from the Moosewood Restaurant New Classics cookbook.

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Easy Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

Fresh Baked Biscuits

Try these biscuits with thyme and cheese, plus Nash’s flour. Yum!

1 cup Nash’s hard red wheat flour
1 cup Nash’s soft white wheat flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup chilled butter, diced
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
Grated cheese, to taste (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut in the cold butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk a little at a time, stirring lightly between additions. Fold in thyme and cheese.

Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes until the tops are golden. Makes 12 biscuits.

We thank CookieeMonster13 at AllRecipes.com for this recipe.

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Pumpkin Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup hazelnuts, chopped and toasted

Preheat the oven to 350.

Grease a loaf pan with melted butter.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs.

Add the water, sugar, pumpkin puree, oil, and vanilla, mixing after each addition.

Now mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Add the hazelnuts and stir to combine.

Pour the batter into the pan and tap the sides to settle the batter.

Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan.

Slice and serve.

We thank The Art and Soul of Baking in the Sur La Table series for this recipe.

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Pumpkin Ginger Nut Muffins

What I love about these quick bread pumpkin muffins is that they are so easy to throw together, and so hard to mess up. You can mix everything by hand with a wooden spoon, don’t need an electric mixer. Baking soda and eggs are the leavening agents, so you don’t have to worry about old baking powder that refuses to rise. The one cup of pumpkin purée can come from a can, or from leftover baked squash, any winter squash will do – butternut squash, acorn, pumpkin – they’ll all work. If you don’t like nuts, keep them out. If you like raisins, add them in. The ginger gives the pumpkin a nice spicy kick, but if you don’t like ginger, skip it. This pumpkin muffin recipe is very flexible. Serve freshly baked, warm, and if you really want to be indulgent, with a little butter, once you’ve broken them open.

1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pumpkin purée
1/3 cup melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
2 tablespoons well chopped candied ginger

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda.

Mix the pumpkin, melted butter, eggs, 1/4 cup water and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients until just incorporated. Do not over-mix. Fold in the candied ginger and chopped nuts.

Spoon mixture into a prepared muffin tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Cool on a rack.

Makes 12 muffins.

We thank Elise from SimplyRecipes.com for this recipe.

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Using Fresh Dill

dill, bunched

What’s your favorite use for dill? Let us know in the comments below!

Looking for dill-flavored inspiration? Here are several fantastic uses for dill that you might not have thought of.

  • Add sparkle to a tuna sandwich.
  • Enhance a cold gazpacho soup.
  • Mix 1/4 cup fresh dill with 1/4 cup vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add 2 sliced cucumbers, 1 cup sliced red onion, and 2 cut-up tomatoes. Toss, and let stand at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Got a favorite pureed carrot soup recipe? Be sure to garnish it with some delicate dill fronds for a treat that’s not only tasty, but visually appealing.
  • Dill with salmon is a marriage made in heaven. Add finely chopped garlic, too!
  • Add to Greek green salads, with romaine, sliced scallions and crumbled feta.
  • Make your own sourdough bread? Throw in some olives and dill.
  • Chop 1/2 cup dill fine and mix with 2-3 tablespoons butter, salt, and pepper.
  • For an incredible roasted chicken, use a spoon to get dill under the skin of the breasts, thighs, and legs, and massage it around the meat. Stuff some into the cavity of the chicken with lemon slices and garlic.
  • Add to potato soup, or potato salad with lemon and green onion.
  • Add to cole slaw, omelets, lentil dahl, or borscht.
  • Make dill sauce with plain yogurt, mayo, sour cream, garlic, lemon, and salt and pepper.

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