Absolutely Good Food [Fierce Foodie]
There’s an episode of SpongeBob Squarepants that I have been known to watch repeatedly. It’s called “Just One Bite” and the premise is that sarcastic, narcissistic Squidward hates crabby patties and all those who enjoy them. This is all because he has never actually eaten a patty due to the fact that they are greasy fast food. Shocked and appalled, SpongeBob relentlessly nags Squidward to try just one bite of a crabby patty. “It’s good for your soul,” says the sponge with tears in his eyes. “The crabby patty is an absolute good.”
I agree. There are many foods out there whose calories and fat content are less than stellar, who are primarily made up of butter or sugar or cream or even lard. But not every food that is high in calories is good for your soul. Some foods just have that something extra that makes the eater feel good to be alive and have taste buds. Sweet potato cornbread is one of those foods. Not too sweet, not too rich, just right as a side dish on Turkey day or a dessert on a crisp fall day. It is an absolute, golden crusted good.
Sweet Potato Corn Bread
Based on recipe by Judy Roland courtesy of Allrecipes.com
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup sugar
7 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2+2/3 cups mashed cooked sweet potatoes
butter to grease pan
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, milk, oil and sweet potatoes. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan. I like to use butter at room temperature to grease the pan, and I make sure to leave a little more in the corners. That makes freeing your cornbread much easier later.
Bake at 425 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut into squares. Serve warm. Great with vanilla ice cream!
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