Magazine article Sunset

Light Cornbread and a Moist, Springy Cake

Magazine article Sunset

Light Cornbread and a Moist, Springy Cake

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The light and springy texture yeast brings in baking provides the ideal foil for other ingredients. Here, this texture contrasts with the crunch of cornmeal in bread-and with the moistness of syrup in the porous savarin. (One spiced syrup follows; another, with lemon, is on page 60.)

Yeast Cornbread

About 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 packages active dry yeast

2 cups hot water (120' to 130')

1/2 cup (1/8 lb.) butter or margarine, cut

up and at room temperature

1/2 cup honey

If using an electric mixer, stir together 2-1/2 cups flour, cornmeal, salt, and yeast. In another bowl, stir together hot water, butter, and honey. Stirring, add water mixture to flour. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes, Stir in another 1/2 cup flour; beat at high speed for 2 minutes longer.

With a heavy spoon, add 2-1/4 cups more flour and stir untit moistened. Scrape onto a floured board and knead, adding flour to prevent sticking, until dough is smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn dough over in an oiled bowl.

If using a dough hook, combine 5-1/4 cups flour with dry ingredients. Add liquid ingredients (combine them as above) and mix at low speed until moistened; then beat at high speed until dough pulls cleanly from bowl sides and is no longer sticky, 8 to 10 minutes; add more flour, if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Cover bowl (either method) with plastic wrap. Let dough rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Punch dough down to expel air, divide in half, and shape each into a loaf. Place each in a greased 5- by 9-inch loaf pan. Cover lightly with plastic wrap; let rise in warm place until almost doubled, 20 to 30 minutes. Bake, uncovered, in a 375' oven until well browned, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on racks. If made ahead, package airtight up to 1 day; freeze to store longer. Makes 2 loaves (1-1/2 lb. each),-A.J. Stefani, Cobb Mountain, Calif.

Per ounce: 70 cal.; 1.6 g protein; 13 g carbo.; 1.1 g fat; 2.4 mg chol.; 42 mg sodium.

Four-spice Wine Savarin

1 package active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (about 110')

3 tablespoons sugar

About 1/2 cup (1/2 lb. …

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