Yield
Makes 9 servings

Notes: For bread that is sweeter and more tender, use the largest measure of sugar. Purchase stone-ground cornmeal, which includes the germ (for nuttier flavor), at health food stores, or order from Giusto's Specialty Foods, (650) 873-6566; a 2-pound bag costs $1.44 plus shipping.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a bowl, mix flour, polenta, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat eggs to blend with buttermilk and 1/4 cup butter. Pour liquids into flour mixture and stir just until evenly moistened.

Step 2

Scrape batter into a buttered 8-inch square pan and spread smooth.

Step 3

Bake in a 400° oven until bread springs back when lightly pressed in the center and begins to pull from pan sides, about 25 minutes (20 minutes in a convection oven).

Step 4

Cut bread into squares. Lift from pan with a slender spatula. Serve hot or cool.

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