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Fast From Scratch Hot Bread In Ten Minutes Max!

May 10, 2012
Corn muffins

Corn muffins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever wanted hot steaming bread right from the oven dripping with butter and thought it was beyond your reach because of the time and effort involved?   Well think again!  Anyone can have fresh hot bread and it’s only minutes away with simple basic ingredients and your microwave!

After reading this post you will never have to run out to the store or make that extra stop because you have run out of bread for dinner!   It is so good you will feel sorry for anyone that has the retail store as their only source for bread!  At tops it will take ten minutes and you will have hot bread oozing with butter (if you like butter!) sitting on your dinner table!  You will save time, yes time…it is an anomaly that cooking from scratch takes more time!  Not to mention the money and energy savings because you cook it in your microwave and use basic ingredients (gasoline for that extra stop, electricity or gas required for baking in the oven, more expensive packaged mixes) and your bread will have lots of flavor because it’s made from scratch!  It’s a win/win situation!

Most quick bread or muffin recipes will work.  I like cornbread and make it often.   Any number of ingredients can be added; cheddar cheese, sliced fresh jalapeño peppers, blueberries, blackberries, chopped bacon, chives, green onions, herbs or a combination of some of these ingredients.  Cooked ground beef mixed with taco seasoning, onion, jalapeño peppers, cheddar cheese can be put on the bottom of the baking pan and cornbread batter poured on top for a complete meal.  Be creative!

Any container that is microwavable can be used to mix and bake the bread.   I use self-rising (leavening already added  makes it faster, easier) stone ground cornmeal (there is less heat involved with the processing and includes the germ of the corn kernel, making it nutritionally better for you).  I also add self-rising white flour in an approximate 1:1 ratio with the cornmeal.  You don’t have to add the flour, the corn meal can be used by itself, giving it a more rustic look and texture rather than being soft cake-like.

Using basic ingredients usually ensures that a recipe will turn out well.  Ingredients that come already pre-mixed in a package (more than what is recommended here) usually have other ingredients added that affect the flavor, like corn starch, soybean flour (cheep filler), stabilizers, (salt and sugar are added to masque the fact there is no flavor!) and is made to sit on a shelf a long time.

The great thing is you don’t have to be exact with cornbread when it is made with basic ingredients.  It’s hard to hurt the results!  Add oil, melted butter, melted margarine, or a combination of these, approximately 1:4; one part fat to four parts flour.  If you add more or less don’t worry about it.  You can add a lightly scrambled raw egg for more protein for every two cups of flour/meal if you desire.   Add a tablespoon or more of sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, stevia, depending on the flavor you want and how sweet you want it to be.

A serving container that originally had pre-cooked food from the grocer is just the right size for one or two large servings. I can eat one container by myself!

More sugar can be added for sweeter breads.   Just add water, buttermilk, or milk and stir all the ingredients together in the baking dish to make a thick pouring consistency.  Stir approximately ten strokes and you’re done!   Now it is ready to be put into the microwave in the same container!  Depending on the size of your cookware and microwave, it could take between one and a half minutes to five minutes.  If your bread has about two or more cups of flour/meal set the power level on seven, otherwise use full power.

Open the microwave door  after a minute and a half and touch the center.  If the top is very moist then it is done!  If it is check again after another minute.  When it is done take it out of the microwave and let it sit for a minute or two.  Then slice and enjoy!

Hot cornbread slices with melted butter. Total time: from preparation to table for the size of cooking dish used, 5 minutes!

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