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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Fried Tomatoes with Polenta Crust

4 large firm underripe tomatoes
1 cup polenta or coarse cornmeal
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
flour for dredging
1 egg, beaten with seasoning
Oil for deep-frying

Cut the tomatoes into thick slices. Mix the polenta or cornmeal with the oregano and garlic powder.

Put the flour, egg and polenta in different bowls. Dip the tomato slices into the flour, then into the egg and finally into the polenta.

Fill a shallow frying pan about one-third full of oil and heat steadily until it is quite hot.

Slip the tomato slices into the oil carefully, a few at a time, and fry on each side until crisp. Remove and drain. Repeat with the remaining tomatoes, reheating the oil in between. Serve with salad.

We thank The Complete Encyclopedia of Vegetables and Vegetarian Cooking by Roz Denny and Christine Ingram for this recipe.

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Mary’s Corn Polenta

Cornmeal and Corn Flour

We’re milling fresh medium and coarse cornmeal as well as corn flour. What’s your favorite cornmeal recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

2 cups Nash’s corn meal
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter or oil
Your favorite toppings

In a 6-quart saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add salt and gradually stir in corn meal. Reduce heat, stirring continually until mixture is thick and smooth. Blend in butter or oil, stirring with a metal spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking. Continue cooking for 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

At this stage, you can add spices, herbs (such as parsley, thyme, basil, peppers, and green onions) and more salt to taste.

Grease a 13 x 9-inch pan. When the polenta is cooked, pour it into the pan and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes, or until firm. Add toppings, such as your favorite sauce, cooked vegetables, cheese, cooked ground meat, etc. If necessary, put into a medium oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese, or get up to temperature. Slice and serve.

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Devon’s Cornbread

Cornmeal and Corn Flour

We’re experimenting with the levels of coarseness and fineness of our cornmeal. Please let us know what you think! But all our cornmeal is freshly ground from corn grown right here on the farm. And it’s all GMO-free, of course.

1 cup Nash’s coarse or medium grind cornmeal
1 cup Nash’s corn flour
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg at room temperature, beaten
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup plain yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk at room temperature
1/2 cup half-and-half
4 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease 12-inch cast iron skillet or 8-inch square or round pan and set aside. In large bowl, place dry ingredients and whisk to combine. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients and whisk to combine well.

Create a well in the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes (closer to 20 if using a cast iron skillet) or until lightly golden brown on top, golden brown around the edges, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Yankee Cornbread

Cornbread

A favorite way to use Nash’s corn flour: cornbread!

1 3/4 cup Nash’s yellow dent cornmeal
1 cup Nash’s red wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons honey
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 400F. Place 2 tablespoons butter into a medium-sized cast-iron pan and place the pan in the oven to melt the butter. In a medium-sized bowl combine cornmeal, red wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter on the stovetop. In a small bowl combine melted butter from the stovetop, honey, buttermilk and eggs. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Take the heated cast-iron pan out of the oven and spread the melted butter over the pan. Pour in cornbread batter and place in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes until top is lightly brown.

We thank Eliza Winne, Produce Manager at Nash’s Farm Store, for this recipe.

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Gluten-Free Ginger and Apple Cornmeal Cake

8 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon xanathan gum
1 cup xylitol or organic sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2-3 apples, cored, cut into eighths
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup fine cornmeal
3 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour, such as Manini’s or Bob’s Red Mill
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup almond milk

Melt 4 tablespoons coconut oil in skillet (preferably cast iron). Add 1/2 cup xylitol/sugar and stir until smooth, making sure to coat sides. If not using cast iron, transfer mixture to a 9” pie pan and coat sides.

In a circular pattern, lay apple wedges on bottom of pan, covering it entirely. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon grated ginger over apples, then place in oven for 15 minutes at 350 F, or until apples are tender.

Meanwhile, combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining ginger and salt in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix remaining coconut oil (solid) and xylitol/sugar until fully integrated and smooth. Add eggs one at a time and blend until combined. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix thoroughly, but do not overwork batter. Add milk and mix until batter is smooth.

Remove apples from oven and pour batter on top, distributing evenly.

Return to oven and bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Let stand 10 minutes, run knife around sides of pan, and invert onto platter or cutting board. Cut and serve.

We thank chef Annie McHale of Port Angeles for this recipe.

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