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Maple-Pecan Cornbread

Our state trails only Vermont in the production of maple syrup in the U.S. I have many childhood memories of tapping our maple trees in early spring and watching the sap come out. Corn bread, or johnnycake as it's called here in scenic Mohawk Valley, was a staple of the men fighting in the Revolutionary War. The volunteers, who were known as "Johnnys", carried their rations with them, and the johnnycakes held up well for days.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (16 slices)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Additional maple syrup, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, syrup and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pecans.
  • Pour into a greased 8x4-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm with syrup if desired or allow to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 142 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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