A spilling affair…

by Sunita on April 16, 2008

Phew!!It’s been such a hectic morning. Well, mornings are always hectic on working days, I believe. But, today was just one of those when there was literally a race against the clock. Suddenly the kids seem to have decided that they had all the time in the world…the youngest, sitting in the toilet and transporting himself to the land of aeroplanes; replying ‘hmm, mum, let me think…’ to my ‘have you finished yet?’…long sigh!

But after some huffing and puffing (and heavy duty pedal work), we did make it to their school in time, and Rengoni was pleased to be still the first in line :-) Ah! All’s well that ends well, huh?

Now , back to the kitchen…or rather to my oven. I had made this cheesy corn bread a while ago. I was a bit unsure as to how it would turn out, but was not in the least disappointed.

The only downside was that I had filled the loaf pan a bit too much for the second rising…I knew I shouldn’t, but was too lazy to make it smaller and make something else out of the spare dough. So it rose and spill a bit…I still did not learn my lesson, and put it in the oven, where it was on the verge of spilling again. What I mean to say, is that, from the following measurements, you could make a much bigger loaf than the 9 inches one that I made….or make a 9 inch loaf ( filling the pan with the dough to about half for the second rise) and some buns.

Inspite of the catastrophes, the bread still baked wonderfully with a delightful crust. The crumb was soft and we all agreed that it fared very well on the taste front.

What’s needed-

2 and 1/2 C fine cornmeal
4 c plain flour
2 tblsp fast action dried yeast
1 C warm water
1 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 carrot, grated
2 tblsp sugar
4 tblsp of finely chopped onions
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped and smashed
2 tblsp finely chopped sundried tomatoes, soaked in 3 tblsp of hot water
1 and 1/2 tblsp dried oregano
1 and 1/2 tblsp dill
1 tblsp salt
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp baking soda

How to-

  1. Dissolve yeast in the water in a mixing bowl with the sugar and leave for about 5 minutes or till frothy.
  2. Sieve together the flour and cornmeal.
  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients , apart from the flour mixture, and mix well.
  4. Add the flour mix, one cup at a time, till you have a soft dough. It’s going to be a sticky one too…knead for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and roll it around to coat with the oil.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place for about 1 and 1/2 hours or till doubled.
  7. Punch down the dough, shape it into a loaf ( you may need to flour your hands and the work surface for easier handling) and place it inside an oiled loaf pan .
  8. Cover with an oiled plastic wrap and leave it to rise again in awarm place for an hour or till doubled.
  9. Pre heat the oven at 175 deg Cel.
  10. Place the loaf pan in the centre of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  11. Cover loosely with foil and bake for another 20 -25 minutes.
  12. Leave in the pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

I must say that this is one aromatic loaf., full of flavours…the house smelled deligtful. We all adored it…tastes good even on it’s own…though it’s slices were also enjoyed as sandwiches and some made their way into hubby’s lunch box as well.

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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nupur April 16, 2008 at 11:30 am

I love every single thing you make, but your savory bakes are the ones that make me ***drool***! You had me at “cheesy”, Sunita :)


2 Happy cook April 16, 2008 at 11:33 am

Hi hi I was laughing reading about your sons antic in the toilet.
Love the bread. They look so soft and delicious.
Ofcourse the pictures are beautiful as always.


3 Patricia Scarpin April 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Sunita, despite the troubles, this looks yummy. I love bread and cheese!


4 Ben April 16, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I love cornbread, and cheesy cornbread sounds just delicious. Thanks for the tips :D


5 Rachel April 16, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Lovely bread slices there…look so soft…Sundried tomatoes and cheese in them want me want to make it very soon…


6 sunita April 16, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Thanks…we too love our cheese :-)

happy cook :-D …as for the bread, we did love it a lot :-)


7 sunita April 16, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Thanks…and yes, the bread survived :-)

You’re most welcome :-)


8 sunita April 16, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Do give it a try very soon :-D


9 AnuZi April 16, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Sunita dahling. Cheesy cornbreads are the Shenoy household staple for any holiday….Tgiving or Xmas. My mom makes this version with Jalapenos in there for that extra kick. So now that I have a recipe I won’t have to beg my mom to make this delish bread anymore!! As usual fantasmic pics dear :o )


10 Cham April 16, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Wonderful bread ,the cheese and cornmeal sounds delicious. Fantastic pictures…


11 Uma April 16, 2008 at 4:07 pm

delicious bread and lovely pictures. Makes my mouth water.


12 Dhivya April 16, 2008 at 4:59 pm

lovely bread!love the pictures too


13 Richa April 16, 2008 at 8:26 pm

cornbread looks so good!


14 Divya Vikram April 16, 2008 at 8:29 pm

The bread looks soft and airy..nice pics


15 Namratha April 16, 2008 at 9:44 pm

The title of your posts bring me here definitively no matter what the dish! :D Can I have a slice puhhlezzzzz?


16 musical April 17, 2008 at 2:02 am

Hi Sunita, sorry for not having shown my face in days. LOVE this bread, you always make the most delish bakes! i say this everytime, but can’t help. Now, plz gimme a slice. Like Nupur, i am in LOVE with savory bakes :) .

And did i tell you, how much i loved reading the RCI-Bengal post! Simply beautiful, the nostalgic words and the delish mishti-doi! Belated happy new year to you and family too, dear.


17 farida April 17, 2008 at 3:15 am

I think days are always hectic when you have kids:)) I know from my own experience:) Your cake looks lovely! Today I made a different type of corn bread from Medena’s http://cafechocolada.blogspot.com. It was pretty good. I will try your recipe, too. You have great pics!


18 Red Chillies April 17, 2008 at 3:24 am

I had to smile at the thought of your little one, sitting on the toilet seat humming… Ah kids!
Your bread looks delilsh!


19 DK April 17, 2008 at 4:23 am

hehehehe..funny :)

…the intro i mean.

The bread luks amazing. I have a thing going on with breads and this sure will go into my must try list :) Good one..yet again


20 sunita April 17, 2008 at 6:11 am

I , as usual, was working on a whim…but your mom making it too means that I’m on the right track…yaay!

Thanks :-)

Thanks :-)


21 sunita April 17, 2008 at 6:12 am

Thanks :-)

Thanks dearie :-)

Thanks :-)


22 sunita April 17, 2008 at 6:18 am

Good!…for managing to rope you in ;-) …and yes, be my guest :-)

Thank you so much… yes, you’ve been missed…but I understand that life happens, so no worries :-)

yes, kids do keep one busy…do give this a try too :-)


23 sunita April 17, 2008 at 6:19 am

red chillies,
:-) …thanks.

Thanks…do give it a try :-)


24 Saswati April 17, 2008 at 7:10 am

cheese and sun dried tomatoes ..thats a gr8 combo Sunita….the bread lloks awesome:)


25 SMN April 17, 2008 at 10:04 am

Hey Sunita thats a perfect spongy lukin bread.. lvely shots too


26 Mike of Mike's Table April 17, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Cornbread and cheese is a fantastic combination (same for cornbread and honey!). This looks excellent and your bread looks light and fluffy.


27 ranji April 17, 2008 at 8:16 pm

wow!!another one of ur delicious bread recipes…i love it….


28 Rajitha April 17, 2008 at 9:23 pm

yum! i know what you mean about not learning a lesson ;) ..i am prone to take short-cuts and then repent on account of the excess work that it creates!!…i love the fact that u bike with ur kids to school…all the workout and you don’t even realise it…


29 Susan from Food Blogga April 17, 2008 at 10:47 pm

We were running yesterday, but we don’t have little ones. What’s our excuse? ;)

I don’t need an excuse to make the cheddar bread. Oh, it would be so delicious toasted and eaten with a bowl of hearty soup. Mmmm….good.


30 Sig April 18, 2008 at 2:05 am

Looks like I missed a lot :) You have been cooking up some mouthwatering treats Sunita!
Hope Dinesh is back by now and brought you some nice treats… :)


31 Nags April 18, 2008 at 2:50 am

wow! that’s 3 recipes i missed in a week’s time :) this one just looks so yummy, cant believe u messed up while baking :)


32 Vaishali April 18, 2008 at 3:34 am

Sunita, I love the use of sundried tomatoes in this bread, as well as the carrots. The bread looks absolutely perfect.


33 Gigi April 18, 2008 at 4:54 am

Sunita, this bread looks perfect for picnic sandwiches. The photos are amazing, especially the sliced bread. How yummy!


34 sunita April 18, 2008 at 5:28 pm

Thanks…we did like it indeed :-)

thanks :-)

thanks…the flavours did seem to work well together :-)


35 sunita April 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm

thanks :-)

so nice to hear from you…hope you’re doing good :-) …do keep in touch :-)

do try it…and yes, sometimes, no excuses are required to bake :-)


36 sunita April 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm

thanks…yes, D has come back and we’ve been stuffing ourselves with loads of sweets…the greatest attraction for me :-D D

thanks…btw, everyone has their moments, I guess :-)

thanks…we did enjoy it a lot :-)


37 Suganya April 19, 2008 at 12:33 am

Gosh Sunita. You are hogging my bookmark folder. You are very creative in making savoury goodies.


38 Kalai April 20, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Absolutely my kind of bread!! Wonderful texture. :)


39 sunita April 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm

The same is happening to my folder as well…with your recipes :-)

thanks :-)


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