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Savoury Apple Dijon & Kale Cornbread

As we are currently enjoying in the last days of autumn here in Southern Ontario the farmers markets have been packed to the brim with harvest vegetables. As a result I have been subsisting on almost entirely on skillets full of leafy greens, beets, winter squash, sweet potatoes and apple…probably with some kind of poached egg on top.

So today I figured why not harness some of these autumn flavours and make the transition from skillet-full-of-delicious to baked-good-full-of-delicious? Which brings me to this slightly unconventional cornbread….

Apple Dijon & Kale Cornbread (Gluten-Free)

A play on this recipe from the Edible Perspective

Do not be afraid of the different flours in this mix. Masa harina is inexpensive and readily available at Latin American grocery stores or in the international foods section of  major chains (I found my bag at Wal-Mart…wait…forget I told you that). And you can swap the buckwheat flour for whole wheat if you like.

  • 1/2 cup raw buckwheat flour, ground in a coffee grinder from raw buckwheat groats (can sub for whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup masa harina or corn flour
  • 1 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened nut milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp  fine grain sea salt (I used seasoned herbamare)
  • 1 tbsp mixed herb salt-free spice (like spike, mrs. dash, etc., or use your own combination of savoury herbs)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1-1.5 cups finely shredded kale leaves (cut from stems)
  1. Preheat your oven to 375
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir until mixed thoroughly.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry bowl and mix with a large spoon until just combined.  The dough will be thick.
  5. Scrape the dough out into a well greased 9  inch pan or cast iron skillet. Push dough to the edges with spatula.
  6. Bake for 30-35min, and test with a toothpick. The top should be golden brown + cracked, which the edges being slightly darker.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely (30 mins or so) before cutting.  The cornbread will have the best texture once fully cooled.
Enjoy it with a piping hot bowl of chili, squash soup or (my personal fave) toasted up under two perfectly poached eggs.
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  • Reply Faith @ For the Health of It November 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I like cornbread, but it has to be done up like this, with big chunks of deliciousness inside. Looks fantastic for Thanksgiving here in the States!

    • Reply the healthy hipster November 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Yes! It would definitely be a delicious addition to any thanksgiving table…so long as your family doesn’t mind a little green snuck into their holiday treats!

  • Reply ashley November 4, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Oh my word!!!! Look at this cornbread. Amazing!!! Love that you added kale. 🙂

    • Reply the healthy hipster November 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      We should start a new blog that’s entirely dedicated to vegetable-infused baked goods! Jessica Seinfeld would be so proud. 😉

  • Reply Natalie November 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, apple, dijon, and kale! What an amazing trio of flavors. I am a total cornbread fiend, so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe! (I love unconventional – keeps eating fun and interesting!)

  • Reply frugalfeeding November 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    This sounds incredibly flavoursome.

  • Reply shawna November 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I want to eat this

  • Reply The Troika Table November 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Oh man, oh man do I love savory apples. And kale. And mustard. And, well, cornbread. Also, I just discovered your blog, and will now faithfully follow. Also also, I don’t know if this is the right place to bring this up (and would sure haaaate to offend anyone, but I get the feeling I won’t offend you?) have you heard of this webcomic? It’s wonderful, and horrible, and just so ironic, in the best of ways. Anyways, thanks again for the great recipe! I shall try it soon.


    • Reply the healthy hipster November 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

      Glad you found the blog! And you probably couldn’t offend me if you tried, and I’m a big web comic fan. I’ll check it out!

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