Monday, August 13, 2012

August 2012 Daring Cooks' Challenge - Polenta

Blog-checking lines: Rachael of pizzarossa was our August 2012 Daring Cook hostess and she challenged us to broaden our knowledge of cornmeal! Rachael provided us with some amazing recipes and encouraged us to hunt down other cornmeal recipes that we’d never tried before – opening our eyes to literally 100s of cuisines and 1000s of new-to-us recipes!

This month's challenge was to use cornmeal in a new recipe. What a great challenge so many choices I decided on a new cornbread recipe that used some masa flour which really imparted a lovely Tex-Mex flavour to the final bread.

Cornmeal bread
This is a recipe that I haven't tried before it uses yellow cornmeal, yellow lupin flour and blue cornmeal flour with some oat bran for extra flavour. The recipe produces a very light and airy loaf that produces the most beautiful slashes when baked. And the crumb (the bread's interior texture) is amazing crunchy due to the cornmeal and has that slight limy taste of the masa flour which adds a lot of authentic "Mexican" flavour profile to the loaf. Great with chilli or red beans.

Amazing crumb on the sliced bread
Deep clear slashes are a sign of a well proven-dough and that you have the correct ratio of dry to liquid ingredients
Cornmeal bread
1 cup white bread flour
1/4 cup yellow lupin flour
1/4 cup high-gluten flour
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup blue masa flour (blue corn flour)
1 cup of yellow cornmeal
1-1/3 cups warm water
2 tablespoons mild tasting oil (up to 1/2 cup of oil/butter if you wish)
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried active yeast
1. Add the yeast in a small bowl with the warm water and oil, rest until foamy about 5 minutes.
2. Combine all the other ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Add the foamy mixture to the dry ingredients mix then knead about 8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Cover bowl to keep in the heat.
5. Prove in a warm place until doubled in size about 1-2 hrs depending on temperature.
6. Knock-down risen dough, shape into a large bun. slash with a sharp knife. Cover and rise in a warm place until just about doubled in size (usually half the time of the initial rise).
7. Bake in a hot oven (220C/425F/gas mark 7) for 50 mins with steam for the first 8 minutes (check at 40 mins) until brown in colour and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.


Kat said...

Yum! That's a seriously good-looking loaf. I need to get a sharper blade for my doughs. They tend to rip as much as cut when I slash them.
Now I'm off to look up lupin flour. We have lupine flowers, but they're poisonous!

Cher Rockwell said...

Audax - that is a beautiful loaf of bread. I am sure it would be perfect with a bowl of chili or toasted with some butter on it.

Sara said...

Love all the different flours you used here-really made for a gorgeous and delicious-looking loaf! :)

Gingered Whisk said...

That is a beautiful loaf of bread! :) I love the swirls!! I need to learn that technique!

Gerlinde in Dallas said...

Your bread looks lovely. I had to google yellow lupin flour as I had never heard of it. It will be interesting to see if I'll be able to find it here.

My name is Andy. said...

That is a beautiful loaf of bread. Well done!

Kim said...

That bread looks just amazing, and I can imagine it with a hot bowl of chili. Sounds yummy!

pizzarossa said...

What beautiful bread! I can imagine that with a big bowl of chilli - definitely going on my winter cooking list! :)

mjskit said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous loaf of bread! Great job with this challenge!

Peta Stuart said...

This looks like a perfect loaf of bread

Andy said...

Wow so yum and 'corny'.. I didn't have lupin but made it yesterday and it's great.. thanks for the recipe