July’s theme was All American and our bakers once again came up with an impressive array of both sweet and savoury classics.
On the savoury side we were treated to two types of cornbread, both of which were delicious. (Note to self, must look out a recipe and bake some sometime.) Cornbread predates modern American history as Native Americans were grinding and using corn well before the Mayflower sailed. There’s a debate over whether it should be plain, or whether cheese and chillies should be added.
Having had exemplars of both on the night, I think they were both tasty in their own right (and trust me, I ate enough of it to know!) Cornbread tends to be thought of as a southern speciality now, but according to this article in the Guardian, (which also contains a recipe) there is a northern version too: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2014/sep/18/how-to-cook-perfect-cornbread
Jayne also introduced us to Hush Puppies – no, not the shoes.
These are delicious little fried scraps of cornmeal batter, mixed with whatever is to hand. In this case, bacon. What’s not to love?
Legend has it they were literally made by fishermen and soldiers to throw to their dogs to try to get them to quiet their barking! Most of us had never heard of them before, but we’re all big fans now. They certainly kept us quiet!
You’re probably already getting this idea that none of this food was exactly low calorie, and that continued with some indulgent sweet treats. We enjoyed both Apple Pie and Pecan Pie, plus some classic Brownies and (new to some of us) Black Bottom Cupcakes – which are essentially rich Chocolate Cupcakes with Cheesecake mix swirled through them.
It was really good to see another new face this month, we’re a friendly bunch and we’re always open to new members. We’re united by a love of baking and trying recipes out, plus we love eating the results. If it tastes good we’re not worried whether it looks like the picture in the book or not! Some of our members like to challenge themselves to try new recipes or techniques, or practise something they’ve learnt. Others like the opportunity to bake without having to eat it all themselves, and others still are just cake fiends! So, if you’ve been thinking about joining us but haven’t yet please do come along and say hello. Our next event is 13th August when the theme is Summer Lovin’ and then on 10th September we’ll be celebrating our 2nd birthday with a Famous Double theme!
Full list of bakes for our All American event:
Marina – Brownies
Jayne – Corn Muffins with Bacon Jam, and Hush Puppies
Faye – Apple Pie
Cat – Cheddar and Jalapeno Cornbread with Sour Cream
Tina – Black Bottom Cupcakes
Chelsea – Pecan Pie