Bread, in its many forms, is a universal comfort food. From the heart of the Southwest, we bring you a unique and enticing take on a traditional staple: Blue Cornbread. Today, we will share a simple recipe that walks you through how to use our pre-made mix to create a delightful Blue Cornbread.
About Cibolo Junction Food & Spice Co.
Cibolo Junction Food & Spice Co. is a manufacturer and distributor of its own line of Southwestern gourmet foods like salsa, chile, and spices. We were established to provide foods of quality and distinction to consumers throughout the world. Headquartered in New Mexico, overlooking the Rio Grande Valley, we're deeply rooted in the richness of southwestern lore, with flavors unique to this region. We're glad to bring the "Land of Enchantment" to you.
Understanding Blue Cornmeal Cornbread
What sets Blue Cornbread apart? It's all in the cornmeal. Blue cornmeal is ground from whole blue corn, a variety that stands out for its gorgeous blue-purple color and a sweet, nutty flavor. This gives the Blue Cornbread a unique and delicious twist, making it an exciting addition to your meals.
The History of Blue Corn: A Southwestern Staple
Blue corn, a variant of maize, holds a storied place in the history of North and Central America. For centuries, it has been a vital component of the indigenous cultures that initially cultivated it, not only as a staple food, but also for its spiritual significance.
Blue corn is native to the Southwestern United States and Mexico, with its earliest use traced back to the ancient Pueblo peoples of New Mexico, often referred to as the Ancestral Puebloans. Archaeological studies indicate that these indigenous communities cultivated and developed several varieties of corn, including the blue corn we know today.
Unlike its yellow and white counterparts, blue corn boasts a higher protein content and provides a more complex flavor profile, characterized by a sweet, nutty taste. It also has a higher anthocyanin content - the compound that gives it its distinctive blue-purple hue. Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants, thus adding to the nutritional benefits of blue corn.
In many Southwestern Native American cultures, blue corn is more than just food. It is deeply woven into the cultural and spiritual fabric of the communities. It is used in a variety of ceremonial rituals, symbolizing the life-sustaining power of the earth.
In culinary use, blue corn has long been used to make atole, tortillas, and a traditional cornbread. With the advent of the health food movement in the late 20th century, the appreciation for blue corn spread beyond the Southwest. It is now used in a wide range of products, from chips to pancakes, offering its distinct color and flavor to delight the palate.
Your Blue Cornbread Recipe Guide
To begin your culinary journey with blue cornmeal, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 1 cup (236 ml) milk
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Our Cibolo Junction Blue Cornbread Mix
Preparing the Blue Cornbread:
Preheat your oven to 425º F (or 400º F if you're using a glass baking dish or muffin tin).
Next, grease your 8x8x2 inch baking pan or a 12-count muffin tin. This step ensures your Blue Cornbread can be easily removed after baking.
Combine the package of our Cibolo Junction Blue Cornbread mix with the egg, milk, and vegetable oil.
Stir the mixture with a spoon until moistened, which should take about one minute. You'll notice the gorgeous blue hue of the batter coming to life.
Pour the batter into your prepared pan or muffin tin.
Bake your Blue Cornbread for 18-22 minutes, or until it's golden brown. If you're using a glass pan, allow for 20-25 minutes of baking time.
For an extra layer of flavor, we suggest adding some fresh lime zest to the batter before baking. This citrus note beautifully complements the nutty flavor of the Blue Cornbread.
Making your own Blue Cornbread at home is a simple, enjoyable process with our Cibolo Junction Blue Cornbread mix. This recipe offers a delightful way to incorporate the vibrant color and unique taste of blue cornmeal into your cooking. Experience a taste of the Southwest with every bite, as we bring the "Land of Enchantment" to your kitchen.