Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Gluten Free, Vegan Cornbread With A Twist

If you're cooking and not making mistakes, you're not playing outside your safety zone. I don't expect it all to be good. I have fat dogs because I scrap that stuff out the back door.

I have a cooking tale for you. 
I have a new gluten free, vegan cookbook. Many of the recipes require ingredients that I do not normally purchase at the local grocery store. However, a baked corn pudding (pg. 145) looked appealing and I did have most of the ingredients in my kitchen.

gluten free, vegan cornbread recipe

Ingredients for this recipe:

1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup masa harina flour (I could not find this, so I substituted corn flour)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup finely ground cornmeal
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
5 tbsp. canned coconut milk (I could not find this either so I substituted coconut milk in a carton)
2 cups fresh or thawed frozen corn

ingredients for cornbread

The instructions are not complicated:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch glass baking dish. (I used a Pyrex baking dish instead.)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined. Spread into the prepared pan and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

Serve by scooping out with a spoon or small ice cream scoop.

Simple enough. But this is where things go a tad awry. 

What happened?

I forgot that I put the cornbread in the oven. Yes, forgot. I knew that in 50 minutes I needed to check the cornbread so there was really no reason for me to set the timer. So, I went about my business, the computer, and I was distracted.

When I finished with what was important, i.e. reading blog posts, I walked into the kitchen and realized that the cornbread had been in the oven for well over the 50 to 55 minutes. Well over. I really did not want to open the oven door. My mind started racing for new ideas for a blog post. 

Again, what happened?

Slowly, I opened the oven door. Well, lo and behold, the cornbread was not burnt. In fact, the cornbread had a light, golden color. Imagine my surprise. I expected to find a nice sized piece of charcoal.

I do not know what happened. Maybe the cornbread would have taken longer to bake than the recipe stated. Maybe I added too much of the liquid ingredients. I do not know. But I do know that I loved this cornbread recipe. I will make this cornbread recipe again. However next time, I will turn on the timer. I hope.

Now to you-

Have you had any near misses in your cooking experiences? Please share.

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