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Heidela123

Fresh cornmeal

Good morning, after much silliness on my part i finally am connected to this terrific forum!
I grew beautiful blue and multi colored corn last year, sadly I do not own a mill so I have been cooking it in stews. while lovely I really wanted to bake with it. My friend was gracious enough to grind a pound for me. In 30 seconds my corn has been transformed into a multi colored flour. It is flour vs meal, the texture is akin to a good freshly ground wheat, does not feel or taste gritty at all. The flavor is really nice!
I need to purchase a mill
I have two questions Please

1, if you had some really fresh flavorful cornmeal you wanted to showcase, what would you bake other than old school cornbread? I was thinking of that Brazillian corn cake for half the flour, that leaves me another 8 oz to use with reckless abandon! I mainly bake with sourdough so while not the only option it would be fun to try it for one.

2. I am sure it is obvious but I can not find a discussion on mills? I want to find a reasonably priced hopefully electric but I can crank if I have to. I will not be milling for most baking but it sure it nice after seeing how lovely this flour is, to be able to do this with my corn and perhaps other grains I grow or purchase

I have to say and hope kindreds appreciate my incredible "high" over seeing this stunning corn, from heirloom seed strain a dear departed friend gave me turning first into flour and tomorrow into something wonderful to share. This man saved and supplied for free, anyone who asked with heirloom varieties that if it were not for him and folks like him may be lost. I plan this year to pass seed on and keep his story going.

So thank you in advance for any advice or recipes

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chuk

Heidela123:

I'd start with Johnny Cake. Simply because I'm crazy for it, hot, with lots of butter. It does, though, usually use cornmeal, I think.

My (electric) Whisper Mill handles dry corn as it does all grain: wonderfully.

It also mills popcorn corn that I sometimes use in bread. Only because dry sweet corn is curiously difficult to find, and popcorn is found everywhere, and cheap.

The Whisper Mill isn't (cheap),  <http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/whisper_mills_grain.html>

I got mine from a retiring home baker at a bargain price. Lucky me.

I suggest you see one of these working before you choose something else.

chuk

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Heidela123

Thank you for the reply! I adore johnnycakes! But this is very fine flour...when she ground it down she ground it wayyyyy down so I thought maybe the texture wouldn't come out right? But I think maybe I should just go with that What better way to show off good meal but a Johnny or hoecake?

That mill looks amazing! My son is a chef but he does do a lot of baking and has bakers in his life...so maybe I will get lucky and find a used one.

No hurry for me on the mill

I never thought of bulk popcorn but you sure can find it at bargain prices. I tried to pop the corn I grew but I think it is too dry for that

Ok for sure a Brazillian cornmeal cake, and johnnycake is sounding really good too.

I would love to try a sourdough sandwich bread that was mixed with wheat flour? All these years and growing up in New England you would think I would have more experience with cornmeal? I hardly have used it except as mentioned or to fry fish!

Thanks again

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Heidela123

I tried to search on the board and got lost in breads that had nothing to do with my mission! I do that and am not an efficient researcher at all!

Anyway I finally ..pressed for time.. Googled and voila this came up!
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/27499/sourdough-cornbread
First thing
Thank you! I have learned to bake in a shamefully disordered manner, my goal is
To stop that!

Back to my lurky hole
This board truly has some amazing info! Thanks!