After a tiring 5 batches and over 100 breads, I have come up with the recipe I am satisfied with. This recipe is close to the Korean style cornbread I really like based on flavor, but the texture is too close to American style cornbread. Korean style cornbread tends to have a spongy center with a crispy outside. Also, the bread has to be almost golden in color. It should look like http://postfiles10.naver.net/20111231_137/baby0817_1325303268416nNLbh_JPEG/12.jpg?type=w2. Cornbread is not easy for me… It’s the one thing I truly struggled to make… Even more than Korean style cheesecake which took me one year to get it perfect!
I think I will settle on this recipe until I figure out how to get the edges right. A nearby bakery makes this bread as exactly as how I like it, but they charge nearly three bucks a piece. And this is partly because the owner imports the cornmeal from Korea directly. Korean cornmeal tends to have a stronger corn taste with a deeper yellow color.
4 tbsp butter (50g)
1/4 cup sugar or honey powder (60g)
1/5 tsp salt (5g)
1 cup cake flour (110g)
5/6 cup cornmeal or corn powder (100g)
* DO NOT use corn flour because regular flour is added
1 tsp baking powder (5g)
1/3 cup milk (50ml)
1/2 cup corn (OPTIONAL)
* Adding the corn makes the bread more spongy and soft
Melt the butter add mix in the sugar and salt and whisk
When the batter is slightly cool, beat in one egg
Whisk well until it looks like pudding
Add in the cake flour, cornmeal, and baking powder
Use a spatula or baking spatula to stir ingredients thoroughly
* The cornmeal will start to absorb the liquid ingredients
Slowly add in the milk and stir frequently
* The batter should start to look like a really wet, sticky dough
At this point, you can add the corn (OPTIONAL) if you want
Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
Grab a baking tray and put parchment paper on top.
* If you don’t have that, use aluminum foil and grease it up
Put some oil on your hands and shape the dough into little balls
After you put the balls on the baking tray, I usually like to cut a line down the middle of the bread (see pictures for what it looks like)
Then brush on an egg wash (1 egg mixed with 2 tbsp water or milk)
* When you brush the egg wash on the bread, it turns the bread golden
Bake for 25-26 minutes
After it’s done, go ahead and pull it out and let it cool off somewhere
This bread is very good by itself. But like many people, if you eat it warm with butter or jam, it tastes even more amazing! In my house, I live with one kid who is a very picky eater. He even dislikes macaroni and cheese!!! After making him this cornbread, he thoroughly enjoyed it. And he even asked for me to save some for him.
While this recipe was very difficult for me, it is part of the process of becoming a better cook and baker. After many tries, I got better in making this recipe. And the day that I can make it exactly how I want, I know that my efforts will be worthwhile. And the most important thing to remember is… Cook from the heart, and your food will always be delicious.