Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves

You know me – I always love a made from scratch recipe.  BUT – there is a time and place for everything… and there is even a time and a place for shortcuts!  This is one of my favorite shortcuts.  All you need is 2 boxes of jiffy corn muffin mix, milk, sour cream (light will do), and two eggs!

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Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves

Makes 8 mini loaves

Ingredients:

  • Jiffy corn muffin mix (the blue box), 2 boxes
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (I used light)
  • 2 eggs
  • shortening

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a mini loaf pan with shortening.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine mix, milk, sour cream, and eggs.  The batter will be slightly lumpy.
  • Fill each little pan up about 2/3 of the way.  Sometimes I have too much batter and make a few little muffins with my silicone cups.
  • Bake for 18 minutes!  If your loaves don’t look golden enough, rotate the pan and cook 2-4 more minutes.
  • Let them sit in the pan for just a few minutes, and then turn them out!  You can use a knife around the side of each well to help coax them out if they get stuck.

I served these for two dinners already!  I love whipping them up for BBQ season.. the boxes of mix are under 50 cents at ALDI and these are really a treat.  The addition of the sour cream helps make them more light and airy.

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Sweet Bread Made with Orange Juice

  • Adapted from here.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 cups flour (I used AP)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yeast

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to bread machine pan in the correct order for your maker.  I add all my liquid first, followed by the flour.
  • Then, I add my sugar in one corner,
  • Add salt in another corner,
  • And make a well in the center of the flour (where I add the yeast).
  • Set your bread machine for a light, 2 lb bread loaf on a basic bread baking cycle.
  • After the first five minutes of kneading, add more milk or flour as needed if the mixture is too floury or too runny.
  • Carefully remove from machine when cycle is complete (mine takes 3 hours), slice, and top with butter!

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Listen to the instructions in the recipe about how to store your rolls!  They will not be soft if you don’t listen!  I made two batches and the day-of batches were much nicer than the ones I made the prior evening.

I served these babies with crock-pot pulled pork, cole slaw, and mixed greens!  I like to think of it as a pretty impressive dinner party!  These are very, very buttery. The best part?  The pineapple juice dough in the bread machine makes the house smell pretty good for a LONG TIME. Enjoy!

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Pyrex Bake-A-Round

photo from http://neufie.com/bake-a-round

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