Thursday, December 13, 2012

Cornbread in the Waffle Iron

Prepare to be amazed. Especially if you are gluten free. I made cornbread and instead of baking it in a bread pan, I cooked them in the waffle iron!
I have been so into savory waffles lately. I get my bread fix without having the loaf be too gummy or, alternatively, have the texture of a brick. To make savory waffles I just make my favorite waffle recipe, omit the sugar, and add some herbs. But back to the real story, the amazing cornbread waffles.

Gluten free cornbread waffles

I followed the recipe on the back of the cornmeal can. My changes are in red.


Ingredients

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour *or use gluten free flour*
3/4 c Quaker Corn Meal
1/4 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 c skim milk ( I used almond milk ) plus an additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon guar gum or xanthan gum

Directions

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 8-9" pan. Heat waffle iron. Combine dry ingredients. Stir in milk, oil and egg, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm. 9 servings  Prepare in a hot waffle iron.
When you have the recipe mixed, it will be thick. Add just enough milk to make the mix look more like pancake batter and less heavy. My first two waffles didn't spread on the iron well enough, thinning the batter a bit worked really well.


Gluten free cornbread waffles

Check it out, aren't they gorgeous?

Gluten free cornbread waffles

Gluten free cornbread waffles

I've been in a real spaghetti mood lately. Not as in pasta but as in sauce, lol! I love a chunky, meaty sauce but I'm trying to stretch our food dollars so I omitted the ground beef and used cooked lentils instead. While I love the taste and mouth feel of ground beef in my sauce, I was more after heartiness and chunkiness here so the lentils worked really well.

Lentil spaghetti sauce


Lentil spaghetti sauce on cornbread

I do love using spaghetti sauce as a dip. Mmmmmmmmm

Lentil spaghetti sauce on cornbread

We are going to a potluck at the barn on Saturday. I expect there will be lots of cowboy food there. I think I might bring these, gluten free and regular varieties. Wouldn't these be just awesome dunked in chili? Hmmmm???

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