Spiced Pumpkin Cornbread

Spiced Pumpkin Corn Bread

This is the cornbread recipe I made to go with the Southwestern Lentil Soup.  It’s a little unusual in that it contains pumpkin, but it makes the cornbread so moist.  The added spices also give some additional flavor and were a nice complement to the soup—like they were made for each other.

I almost overlooked this recipe as it was on a magazine page that was an advertisement for Kenmore Products, and credit for  the recipe was given to Cliff Hagerman.  So I would like to thank Mr. Hagerman for his recipe; its a little unusual, but we really liked it.

SPICED PUMPKIN CORNBREAD

SERVINGS:  about 9

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry jerk seasoning  ( I did not have any on hand so I used Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming, the same seasonings I used in the Lentil Soup)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease a 9-inch square baking pan.

2.  Whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt and spices into a large mixing bowl.  Whisk in cornmeal.

3.  In a separate bowl, beat eggs lightly.  Whisk in pumpkin, brown sugar, oil and molasses. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

Batter poured into a 9-inch square pan, ready for the oven.

4.  Pour batter into a 9-inch square, greased baking pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until cornbread is browned and surface springs back to the touch.

Golden brown, hot out of the oven.

I served it with soup but this cornbread would also be a good accompaniment to chili.

SOURCE:     Magazine clipping, ? the source.

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Pineapple Jerk Chicken and Rice

I made this dish for the very first time just a few days ago, and it came out so good I must tell you about it.  Normally I steer clear of dishes that I think will be very spicy.  From what I know about jerk seasoning, it is quite “hot”  since Scotch Bonnet peppers are usually  amongst the ingredients.  But on reviewing the ingredient list on the bottle of jerk seasoning marinade I became convinced that it would be OK.  So I purchased the suggested brand:  Lawrys Jerk Marinade, and proceeded with the recipe.

This is a one-dish meal featuring chicken breasts, pineapple, black beans, cilantro, onions and the jerk marinade served over brown rice.  It goes together quickly once you have everything prepped.   Mr. D.,  a person who likes spicy foods, was very complimentary when he tasted it.   It does have some heat to it especially with the jalapeño  chile in it, but I could tolerate and even enjoy it, so I know I will be making this dish again.

INGREDIENTS 

SERVES    4

  • 2 cups brown rice,  or 2 bags Boil-in-Bag brown rice, such as Uncle Ben’s
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño chile–stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple cut into 3/4 inch pieces  (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup jerk marinade, such as Lawry’s
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

1.  In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the rice, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until tender, about 30 minutes;  drain.  If using bagged rice, cook in boiling water 10-12 minutes, as package directs.

2.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and jalapeño and cook until the onion is browned, 7 minutes;  transfer to a bowl.

3.  Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to the same skillet and increase the heat to medium-high.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then add to the pan and cook until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.  Add the pineapple and jerk marinade and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, another 2-3 minutes.

4.  Stir in the onion mixture, black beans and cilantro; cook until the beans are heated through, about 1 minute.  Season with salt and pepper and serve over the rice.

SOURCE:   Every Day with Rachael Ray