Inca Festival Bread Recipe

Step 1

In a small saucepan, melt 6 Tbsp. butter over low heat. Do not brown. Preheat oven to 400. Put remaining 2 Tbsp. butter into an 8 inch diameter baking casserole; heat in oven no more than 4 to 5 minutes to avoid browning butter. Rotate and tilt casserole to coat inside. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, beat milk and eggs. Smoothly blend 1 cup white cornmeal, melted butter, corn, diced cheese, chillies, chopped red pimento, baking soda, salt. Mix thoroughly. It should have the consistency of southern cornbread, moderately runny but not down right liquid. If it seems to runny work in 1 or 2 tbsp. white cornmeal. Give butter in casserole a final swizzle, then pour in batter, smoothing it level. Sprinkle grated cheese over top and decorate with pimento strips. Do not cover. Place casserole, exactly in center of oven. Bake until a knife lightly pushed in center comes out clean and dry- usually 40 to 50 minutes. Serve at once. Cut into fairly thin, pie - shaped wedges. (You can let the bread cool to room temperature.) It stores well tightly wrapped in the refrigerator, but it is best not to serve it cold. One loaf makes about 8 servings.

From: Recipes and Remembrances, U.S. Army War College, 1980

Things You'll Need

  • 8tb Butter
  • 3/4c Milk
  • 2lg Eggs
  • 8oz Can cream style corn
  • 1 1/4c Water ground cornmeal
  • -(white)
  • 10oz Sharp cheddar cheese ----
  • -1/4 cup coarsely grated
  • Remainder cut into 1/4 inch
  • -cubes
  • 1/2c Coarsely chopped hot
  • -chilies, fresh or canned
  • 4oz Can whole-sweet red
  • -pimentos, roasted 1/2 cut
  • -into long strips,
  • Other 1/2 coarsely chunked
  • 1/2ts Baking soda
  • 1ts Salt

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