Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pumpkin Cornbread (with Pumpkin Chili, of course)!

It's seriously pumpkin season in full swing. Pumpkins have arrived at our markets, and the makeshift pumpkin patches are getting ready to set up their little scenes in empty lots here and there around town. We'll be making our annual trip to Bates Nut Farm sometime soon to pick out the best pumpkins in the county from a real pumpkin patch.

It's a bit too early yet to purchase pumpkins with the intent of decorating, but I've had *pumpkins* on my mind and therefore have been cooking and baking away with this favorite fall flavor.

A newly discovered recipe for me this year: Pumpkin Cornbread.

This sounded so odd to me that I just had to make it. I wondered... would it be sweet? would it be more like a breakfast bread? or would it be appropriate to pair with chili- like other cornbreads?

I went for the chili... Pumpkin Chili (of course). You can't really taste any pumpkin in it. It just has canned pumpkin puree in it, which basically serves as a texture enhancer to make the sauce smooth and velvety. It's good stuff.

The slightly sweet Pumpkin Cornbread was amazing. Our whole family gobbled it up with smidges of honey-tainted butter. It was terrific with the chili too. If you look closely at that top picture, you'll see little grains within the bread. I used whole-grain cornmeal (Bob's Red Mill brand), and it added a little crunch to the bread. We liked that, but you could certainly use a finer grain cornmeal if you prefer a smoother, softer bread.

And the leftovers were also perfect for breakfast the following morning... still moist and still delicious. We topped our breakfast cornbread with Apple Butter for a little morning treat.

The Pumpkin Cornbread recipe can be found HERE.
The Pumpkin Chili recipe can be found HERE.

57 comments:

Happy cook said...

Yumm the corn bread looks so good and ofcourse the chillie too.
I have neve rhad anything like this.
I have only used pumpkin in soups and curry.

Sylvie said...

I've never thought of 'flavouring' cornbread, other then with jalapenos. It sounds and looks delicious!

Manggy said...

Ooh, I looooves me some sweet cornbread (I'm sure a few Southerners out there will hate me...)! I especially love it smothered with gravy for some saltiness! :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

What a cool twist!!! I mean hot twist lol!

Barbara Bakes said...

What a yummy idea! I love corn bread and pumpkin bread!

Lori said...

I found your blog from Veggie Girl this week. These two recipes looke amazing. I can't wait to try them. Thanks!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Both dishes sound great, but I am really loving that cornbread. Definitely a "must try"!

Jon said...

I like sour cream and crushed tortilla chips in my chili.

You need something crunchy in there.

Daziano said...

The pumpkin cornbread sounds delicious!!

alexandra's kitchen said...

very cool! I've never thought to add pumpkin to chili! and the cornbread looks moist and delicious. you are truly in the fall spirit RecipeGirl!

Mary said...

What perfect game food! The corn bread looks and sounds delicious. That will be on our menu really soon.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

The cornbread looks so so good. And I love the thought of slathering on some honey butter. I'm definitely going to try it. Nice photos too.

Pam said...

Yum. I just made pumpkin bread and it was amazing. This cornbread and chili sounds wonderful. Great recipes!

Ivy said...

What a lovely bread, I like your twist to it. It's soooo hot!!

Any Little Reason said...

I'm making chili today - will have to give this a try! I usually put green chiles in my cornbread but this sounds too good to pass up!

Ann said...

I really like the sound of this! I bet it would work with other winter squashes as well, which will really come in handy when my CSA starts distributing squash, squash, squash and more squash.

Adam said...

Annnnnnd I printed this. I love cornbread, and I love pumpkin, so this has to be made for me :)

Pumpkin chili is my favorite type of chili too, I think it takes some of the heat away, and a nice, smooth finish. You knocked today out of the park

Maria said...

Pumpkin galore!! I love it! I have never had pumpkin cornbread. Looks awesome!

Sara said...

These both look amazing. Thanks for the great recipes.

Marisa said...

I love pumpkin and love fall. I couldn't agree more about wanting to cook with it right now! I love your blog and have bookmarked lots of recipes to try!

noble pig said...

I've never heard of pumpkin cornbread, I'm sure it's delicious.

Deborah said...

I've never seen pumpkin cornbread before, but you can never go wrong with pumpkin in my opinion!!

Marisa said...

I am soooo going to make your witch fingers that you linked me to this year. They look so much better than mine did. That was the only issue with mine--they looked cool but didn't taste so good. So I'll take your recipe and maybe add a little green food coloring again. And yes, the warts are chocolate chips that I put in while the dough was still soft and hot.

Thanks for your recipe!

Leslie said...

Oh yum..I just printed off the pumpkin cornbread! I must make this soon!!!

~~louise~~ said...

I tumbled into your blog somehow someway and I'm sure glad I did. Wonderful! I don't know where to begin but begin I will. Thanks so much for sharing. I have added you to my blog roll if that's ok with you. GREAT recipes. I just may have to save the pumpkin chili recipe for National Chili Month which is in October!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I love the idea of pumpkin in both the chili and the cornbread. It looks delicious!

Dawn said...

Ohhh you are so clever! Pumpkin cornbread! That is just perfect. I must try this.

Ivy said...

Pumpkin Chili-how intriguing!
I love the idea of cornbread and apple butter. Yum!

Jenny said...

Ok, I'm drooling over here! Everything looks crazy good!

Emily said...

Wow pumpkin cornbread! This sounds like a great beginning fall starter to make!

Alexa said...

I see a theme and I like it! I came home today with a huge cinderella pumpkin from my CSA. My little one can't wait for me to use it up so that we can roast the seeds. I love the cornbread and the pumpkin chili idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

Nicole said...

Looks yummy. You have the best holiday and seasonal spirit of anyone!

giz said...

I love the idea of pumpkin cornbread

Bunny said...

Pumpkin Corn Bread ....Girl this looks GOOD!! Who would have thunk it!!!LOL!! I'm gonna try this!!

That Girl said...

Chili is one of my favorite fall foods. I can't believe I never thought to pair it with pumpkin!

Laura said...

I have a sweet potato cornbread I like to make but this looks way easier since it relies on canned pumpkin. I think I may have to try it. :)

Heather said...

yum!!!! pumpkin chili AND pumpkin cornbread?!?! sounds amazing! i want to make this right now!!

HoneyB said...

What an awesome paring!

VeggieGirl said...

LOOOOOVING these innovative uses of pumpkin!!! Yum, yum, yum.

Prudy said...

As a serious pumpkin lover, that cornbread is calling my name. I love pumpkin chili as a great way to add a little nutrition and complexity of flavors.

~Priscilla~ said...

pumpkin flavored cornbread sounds really good, and with pumpkin chili...yummy!

Grace said...

what a unique and exciting cornbread recipe! i'm not too keen on the flavor of pumpkin, but i think it'd be all right as a component of cornbread. awesome chili, too. :)

Janna said...

Bestill my heart. Oh girl, you have won me over FOR SURE! I looooooove cornbread and I looooooove pumpkin. I am definitely going to make this!

In the fall I will make pumpkin black bean soup...do you think it is overboard to serve it with pumpkin cornbread? Yeah- me either. :)

Elle said...

I neeeeeed to make this cornbread. Need to.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

That's a great twist on cornbread and I really like it. Sorry to hear the chili didn't take on the pumpkinny flavors--that sounded like a really neat idea though. I've had pumpkin on the brain lately, so I'll have to try this out

Stacey Snacks said...

Everyone is in such a cake mood, whether it be pumpkin or apple!
Your squares are beautiful!

I am getting fat from trying all of these baking recipes!!!!

Stacey

CookiePie said...

YUM! The only way to improve on delicious cornbread is to... add yummy pumpkin to it! Looks fab!

Emiline said...

Pumpkin cornbread...why didn't I think of that?
I'm thinkin' this HAD to be delicious. I'll have to try it.

Candy said...

I've never heard of this! What a clever idea. Loved your picture on food grazing.

Aggie said...

I've got to have some of that pumpkin cornbread! Wow! It looks heavenly!

Peter M said...

Pumpkin in the cornbread...this is Autumn, Halloween and delish wrapped in one.

I wanna go to the Halloween party as pumpkin cornbread! lol

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Pumpkin cornbread sounds great! I definitly have to try this one when im done with tennis! To answer your question before, the earlier you start tennis lessons, the better off you are, they are really fun, and make all the difference.

Rosie said...

A beautiful twist to cornbread. It sounds and looks delicious!

Rosie x

The AZ McMillans said...

We just had the pumpkin chili and cornbread for lunch as leftovers...I have to say it's even better the next day! Thanks!

the southern hostess said...

Yum! What a great idea!

dlyn said...

Looks fantastic - though it will get switched up to squash corn bread around here - we are up to elbows in winter squash!

Flssgrl said...

I made the pumpkin cornbread for a side with a work lunch with my corn chowder and let me say they LOVED it!!!!