I got some really lovely chicken from Marin Sun Farms and really wanted to make a delicious, summery meal to go with it. I left the chicken simple, just with a bit of rosemary sea salt rubbed on it, and my husband threw it on the grill. With it, a big bowl of pickled tomatoes and some fresh homemade cornbread
To make the cornbread, I borrowed from two recipes. The pickled tomatoes were spicy, so I skipped the “firecracker” part of 101 Cookbook’s Firecracker Cornbread recipe, which I selected because I could use some fresh, sweet corn in it. To make the cornbread more interesting, I borrowed an idea for honey butter from a Martha Stewart cornbread recipe. With the chicken, the spicy tomatoes, and a cool glass of Simi viognier, I had myself a perfect summer dinner.
Fresh Corn Cornbread with Honey Butter
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (I used all purpose)
3/4 cup instant cornmeal (or instant polenta) or fine-grain cornmeal
1/4 cup natural cane sugar (or brown sugar)
1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups corn, fresh (or at room temperature if previously frozen)
For the honey butter, mix a tablespoon of honey and a pinch of salt with 3 tablespoons of room temperature butter
Preheat your oven to 350F degrees, with a rack in the middle.
Just before you make the batter, in a small saucepan, melt the butter and pour into a 9-inch pie tin and place in the hot oven.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and corn.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until just combined. Now very carefully remove the hot pan with butter from the oven. Brush the butter up around the edges a bit to make sure its evenly coating the pan. Carefully fill it with the cornbread batter, pushing the batter out to the sides if needed.
Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until the edges are golden and the center is just set. Remove and brush on the honey butter before slicing.