Monday, September 20, 2010
Honey Bacon Cornbread: 2nd Place Winner, Placer County Honey Festival
Yesterday, I attended the Placer County Honey Festival, and was quite pleased to place second in two events they held. One was the 5K race (that actually turned into a 7K, as the course was not clearly marked and the runners were misdirected). I was able to get back on track thanks to a phonecall from my best friend (who was also running the race). She finished 4th BTW... :)
The other event was a cornbread recipe contest. I never made my entry before, though I have made cornbread several times. Since I was using honey in the recipe to celebrate the them of the festival, I decided to go with a savory flavor to contrast. The answer was: BACON. Because, come on... isn't the answer always bacon? Dee-lish!
I turned in my entry and waited patiently amongst the other 20 contestants. Time ticked by slowly as the judges sampled each entry. Finally about 2:30, they announced the winners from 5th place to 1st. The top three winners took home monetary awards! :)
I thought I would at least place maybe 4th or 5th, so then my name wasn't called, I started getting a little nervous.
The entry that won the contest had a wonderful presentation. It was multi-colored, and (I think) it was prepared southwestern style.
The picture below is not what I presented to the judges, but a variation that I am bringing to the KVIE Art Auction Preview Party this evening. It is the same cornbread recipe, but with honey buttercream on the top. My presentation was a 10-in round, about 2 inches tall and brushed liberally with honey butter glaze.
1 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup masa
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
3/4 to cup beer
4 large eggs
1 stick butter, melted
1/4 rendered bacon fat
1/2 cup honey
1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped bacon (I used the maple bacon, but be advised that it burns much more easily when you are cooking it.)
Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.
Mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt In a large bowl. In another container, whisk together the whole milk, eggs, butter, and honey and bacon fat. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and stir until just combined.
Pour into a loaf pan and bake at 375 until golden brown. Alternatively, you can line a 12-cup muffin tin and divide the cornbread mixture to make cornbread muffins.
Allow the cornbread to cool and prepare the honey butter glaze:
Honey Butter Glaze
1 cup honey
½ cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
Melt butter and sugar together, bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Cool. Stir in the honey. Allow to cool a bit.
Poke holes in the top of the cornbread with a fork. Brush with honey glaze and serve.