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Peg’s Jalapeno Cornbread

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This cornbread is the counterpart of yesterday’s veggie soup. Since The Chef and I have spent all day trying to decide which variety of soup/gumbo/stew we will be making for New Year’s Day, this was a no-brainer side dish.

Jalapeno cornbread is a great for soups because it will work for sopping but also has enough of a spicy kick to cut through the dense corn-bready-ness (word. total word.).
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Peg says the cornmeal in this recipe must be Aunt Jemima Buttermilk and not Martha Stewart. (Which is why I linked that Jemima example to Wal-Mart instead of K-Mart. Your lucrative deal with a giant discount store holds no water with us, Martha!)
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Claire also reminds us that you have to heat up the tins before adding the batter so the bottoms of the muffins are crunchified. Word to you. And your mother.
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2 cups cornmeal
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp veggie oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1 can creamed corn
chopped jalapenos (as many as you want)
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  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Mix together all ingredients. The batter should be easy to stir and smooth but not runny. If it’s too thick, add more buttermilk.
  3. Take muffin pan and put 1/2 cap of veggie oil in each tin. Put in the oven at 425 until smokey. (This is the non-negotiable step that makes the bread crunchy all the way around.)
  4. Take out, add mix and cook at 425 for approx. 45 min.
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New York Crumb Cake

Despite The Chef’s well-documented aversion to desserts, he speaks very highly of this one. Also, “crumb cake” is actually a German specialty called “Streuselkuchen,”  and that’s just plain fun to say.

Batter:
1 cup of milk or buttermilk
2 whole eggs and 1 yolk
1 1/3 cup oil
3 cups of pastry flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
2 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon of molasses

Crumb topping:
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean
7  oz butter (softened 1/2 inch cubes)
powdered sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. For the batter, mix milk, eggs, and oil.  Add dry ingredients. Do not over-mix.* Pour into cake pan.
  3. For the topping,  mix dry ingredients together and add butter to form crumbs.*
  4. Sprinkle on top of batter.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.  Let the cake cool completely and top with powdered sugar.

*Chef says the two biggest mistakes you can make are over-mixing and making the crumbs too dry, so consider yourself warned.

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