With exactly three weeks 'til Xmas, it's time to get baking! As sweet foods are abundant during the holiday season, try preparing something savory like homemade cornbread. Tiny pieces of red and green pepper give this cornbread a festive look.
1 1/2 cups spelt flour
3/4 cup corn meal
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 cup milk (preferably unsweetened, almond milk works well)
2 teaspoons mild vinegar or lemon juice
2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil
2 tablespoons tahini
2-4 tablespoons finely chopped red pepper (or sundried tomatoes)
2-4 tablespoons finely chopped green pepper (or jalapenos to give the cornbread some spice)
Mix the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add the bits of green and red peppers to the batter. Pour the batter into an oil-greased pie pan (or into a in a cast-iron skillet, but this may vary the baking time). Bake for 25 minutes at 375F. Let cool, then slice and serve.
Happy Holidays, from my kitchen to yours!