[donotprint] I didn’t have any great expectations, I simply wanted a bowl of soup, to try something different. Once it went well with cornbread (pretty much anything would) I would be happy!
The last time I had cornbread..I actually can’t remember when it was but it would have been one of these mini breads…and it’s clearly been far too long. The other day I suddenly had a flashback to Angela’s flat skillet cornbread which of course ignited an intense craving and I simply had to have it.
It was all I ever dreamed and more. Crisp on the outside, sweet, sort of sticky and crumbly and a little more bread and doughy like in the middle. Yum!
The bread went perfectly well with the blackbean soup which to my surprise was pretty sensational itself! I knew it wouldn’t taste bad but I hadn’t anticipated it would taste so amazing. There were so few ingredients and I whipped it up without even tasting it, sticking it in a tub for transporting to work for lunch.
When I finally got around to digging in it was one of those gasping moments, lots of “umming” and “awwing” ensued. It was a battle to pace myself.
Usually it’s a no brainer when it comes to soup and bread…the bread always gets saved until the end for wiping the bowl clean. It was pretty much 50/50 on this occasion…bite for bite…in the end the soup won the race but it was a “photo finish”
Topped of with fresh chilled diced tomato, spring onion and a pinch full of fresh coriander. As per usual I had a spoonful, or three, before I gave it a blast of heat and I can honestly say it was more than merely edible cold, in fact had the sun been shining I would have stayed clear of the microwave altogether; I was just in need to a little warming up.
A squeeze of fresh lime finished it off beautifully!
The cornbread was quite the success. I need more of this in my life. I can see a slice or two smeared with peanut butter being a fantastic snack…or crumbled in an overnight oats parfait….another ingenious idea from Angela!
What’s your favourite way to enjoy cornbread? [/donotprint]
Blackbean Soup and Skillet Cornbread (cornbread adapted from Oh she glows)
Servings – 1
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes
- 1/2 a can of cooked blackbeans (approx. 250g/9oz)
- 1/2 small red onion finely diced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 medium bell pepper finely diced
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 clove of garlic minced
- 250ml (1 cup) vegetable stock
- 2-3 tbsp Passata
- 1 small chipotle pepper finely diced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp diced tomato
- 1 tbsp diced spring onion
- 1/2 tbsp fresh coriander
- 2 tbsp cornmeal
- 2 1/2 tbsp wholegrain spelt flour
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp to oil pan
- Add onion, garlic and olive oil to a pan and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add in spices and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Next in is the red pepper. Cook for a further 3-5 minutes before adding in blackbeans, chipotle and vegetable stock.
- Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper, stir in maple syrup and Passata, and blitz using a hand blender, leaving it a bit on the chunky side!
- Return to the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes to heat through. Serve topped with diced tomato, spring onion and fresh coriander.
- Preheat grill. Place a small skillet underneath to heat (approx. 7 inches).
- Whisk together all ingredients in a jug.
- Place in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.
- Remove and stir until no lumps remain before heating for a further 20 seconds.
- Stir once more until smooth.
- Place oil in skillet, wiping around the surface using a piece of kitchen paper being careful not to burn yourself!
- Pour mixture into hot skillet, spread evenly using the back of a spoon. Place skillet under preheated grilled and cook for 7-8 minutes or until browned and crisp around the edges.
- Remove and flip over. Return to cook for a further 2-3 minutes on the other side.
- Slice in to 6 triangles to serve.