Buckwheat vs. Mold


As a friend recently remarked, it seems cruel and unusual that when the weather in Austin is at its most beautiful, it is also at its most deadly. Allergy-sufferers take refuge in symptom-relieving drugs, baths, naps, and even binge drinking. May I suggest one more salve: cornbread

This cornbread recipe was born of achey ears, itchy eyes, and a broken spirit. Pair it with lightly salted butter and a friend immune to your pouting.

Buckwheat Cornbread


1 Cup white flour (I use einkorn…but I’m a dork)

1 Cup corn meal (fine-ground dried corn)

¼ cup polenta (course-ground dried corn)

½ cup buckwheat flour

2.5 tsp baking powder

2 tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper


2 eggs OR one egg and one very, very, very ripe banana*

1 cup plain yogurt ( I use non-fat greek)

1.5  cup almond milk (or whatever milk you like.)

2 T honey (unless you are using banana, then you don’t need it)

2/3 cup of frozen corn ( or a small can of creamed corn )


up to 1 C grated cheese

Chopped jalapenos (pickled)

Also: Sesame seeds

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 and grease a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet with bacon fat. Make sure to grease at least half way up the sides.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir thoroughly. Make a well in the center.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a blender using the almond milk to make it go smoothly. Allow it to run a little longer than necessary to get it airy.
  4. Add wet to dry and fold with a rubber spatula in one direction until all dry ingredients are non-powdery. (You may need to add more milk)
  5. Add optional ingredients (not seeds) and fold lightly.
  6. Pour into greased pan and spread to an even height with the back of the spatula.
  7. Sprinkle with a handful of sesame seeds and cook on center or lowest rack for 20 min or until well browned.
  8. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes, then remove bread from pan and let it cool on an elevated cooling rack.
  9. Eat warm with salted butter!

*If I use a banana it is so brown and slimy it seems it might slither away.



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