Cornbread Apple Cheddar Cornbread

posted Sue Freeman

Apple Cheddar Corn Bread

1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried rubbed sage
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
1 cup very finely chopped dried apples
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup warm water

Arrange a rack at center position and preheat oven to 400.

Place cornmeal and next 7 ingredients in bowl and mix well.

Add 1 cup cheese and apples and toss well to coat with dry ingredients. Set aside.

In another bowl whisk buttermilk and eggs. Pour into dry ingredients and stir to mix..

Melt butter in a heavy oven proof 10 inch skillet over medium heat. When melted out pour all but l tablespoon into batter and stir gently to mix.

Dissolve baking soda into warm water and stir to mix, add to batter.

Pour batter into remaining melted butter in hot skillet. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese over batter.

Bake until tester comes out clean and bread is a deep golden brown... about 25 minutes.

Remove and invert onto serving plate. Turn again so cheese side is face up. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting.

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