Molasses Buttermilk Bread
My mom took me to an AIDS rally on the Capitol Mall in Washington, DC in 1996. She had made a square for the AIDS quilt and was doing her duty as a parent to teach tolerance to me. She did a fantastic job of that, by the way.
Homosexuality was something that was quite normal in our home. No, my parents weren’t gay. My mom, however, did have a variety of gay friends and the topic of homosexuality wasn’t really discussed. It didn’t need to be. Some people like boys and some people like girls. We accept everyone.
Growing up in rural South Carolina, this point of view was a rare one.
I’m not usually one to keep my mouth shut about things and I distinctly remember fighting with other kids as a youngster about whether or not being gay was right or wrong. Usually, I lost the fight.
According to a poll I heard on NPR recently, gay marriage is supported by more Americans than it is criticized. That’s a great thought to me. People are posting on Facebook how we’ll look back in a few years and think how ridiculous this all is – and we’ll compare it to how minorities were treated prior to the Civil Rights movement and how we all feel about that now.
Well racism is alive and well in the United States and I truly hope that in a few years, we’ll look back both at how awful it was that races clashed in the 2000s AND that gay people had to fight so hard for the right to wear a ring on their left hand.
What does this have to do with this molasses buttermilk cornbread pictured above? Not much. I could stretch it by saying about half the people in this household liked it and half the people didn’t and I’m hoping the other half will change its mind… :)
This bread was so delicious with chili. If you like molasses, appreciate whole grains, and like the text of quick breads (the Omnivore does not), you’ll love this recipe. It was slightly sweet but also tart, sturdy, and stayed moist for days.
Molasses Buttermilk Cornbread (from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, Deborah Madison)
- 1/2 cup rye flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
- 2 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray and flour a bread pan.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl; whisk the wet ingredients together in a second bowl.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir quickly to combine.
- Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool for at least 15 minutes in the pan before turning out onto a rack for serving.