Cornbread and Cinnamon Honey Butter

Does everybody have sugar overload coming off of the holidays? Here is a savory recipe for you to break up the sweetness a little. We still like to have a little goodie with our meals but maybe we need to take a break from it. Or not. ūüėČ

I’ve included a recipe for cinnamon-honey butter so if¬†you need a wink of sweetness you can slather on the flavored butter. This butter is amazing on scones, biscuits or bagels so make sure to store the rest in the fridge.

pan of cornbread

cornbread with honey butter

cornbread with cinnamon honey butter

Cornbread with Cinnamon Honey Butter

yield: 9×9 square pan

2 Cups fine cornmeal

1 Cup AP flour

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 Cup buttermilk OR plain yogurt

3 large eggs

1 (15 oz.) can cream style corn

1/4 Cup unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat an oven to 425¬į F. Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper; leaving 2 inches overhang and spray the pan with non stick baking spray.

2. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients with a whisk. In a 4 cup glass measuring cup combine the wet ingredients with a whisk. Add the wet to the dry and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25-35 minutes until golden brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs.

Serve with cinnamon honey butter if desired.

Cinnamon-Honey Butter

recipe: Food Network

1 stick (I/2 Cup) unsalted butter, softened

3 Tbsp. honey

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients with a rubber spatula or hand mixer until thoroughly combined. Store extra butter in an air tight container in fridge. Leftover butter is great on bagels or scones!

Grape and Rosemary Focaccia

I saw these beautiful concord grapes in the market the other day and I stopped dead in my tracks. I¬†never see concord grapes. ¬†I love the contrast in flavor of concord grapes. The skin is tart but the inside flesh¬†¬†is super sweet.¬† I have been hanging onto the thought of making this¬†grape and rosemary focaccia¬† for some time. The rosemary, no problem as¬†I have an enormous rosemary¬†plant growing in my backyard that is out of control.¬†I should say it’s really a rosemary bush. ¬†In a weird way I’m kind of proud of that rosemary plant as it started out as a tiny plant,¬†and now it¬†has aggressively taken over major real estate in my backyard. Everyone knows I cannot grow anything worth a darn, ūüė¶ ¬†but the exception is my rosemary plant. Quite frankly I don’t even try; it has taken on a life-force¬†of its own. With all the fog here I don’t even water it. That’s why I love it, it’s like the big green monster that self feeds. When you enter the garden it makes a statement. As soon as you get 3 feet from it you can smell the piney fresh scent. This bread is a lovely contrast between sweet and savory. If you can’t find concord grapes you could use black grapes also.

My beloved Rosemary bush-note the white dense sky-¬†San Francisco fog in the background….

concord beauties- once they bake they turn an amazing deep purple color

Concord Grape and Rosemary Focaccia

recipe adapted from Epicurious

3/4 Cup very warm water

1 pkg. active dry yeast

3 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. kosher salt

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil + more for brushing dough

2 1/4 Cup bread flour

one large bunch concord grapes

fresh rosemary

1 Tbsp. granulated sugar

kosher salt or coarse sea salt

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the water, yeast and 1 tsp. sugar and whisk to combine with a hand whisk. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the sugar, salt, olive oil and bread flour and mix with a spatula by hand. Attach the dough hook and on medium high speed knead the dough for about 2 minutes. Oil a large bowl with extra virgin olive oil and turn out the dough into the bowl, turning the dough so it coats all sides with the oil. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise for 20 minutes.

2. Spread olive oil over a large sheet pan. Take the dough and press it into a large rectangle about 1 inch thick. Conversely you can spread the dough into 2 round loaves; cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled about one hour. Brush the dough with olive oil and dimple the dough using your fingertips. Scatter the grapes and rosemary leaves over the dough. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar.

3. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let bread cool about 15 minutes then sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve warm.