Updated: Sep 7, 2020
From "The Infinite Feast: How to Host the Ones You Love—Recipes from the Big Easy . . . and Beyond" by Brian Theis, 2020 Click here for more on my new cookbook!
"Just like Blanche used to bake." Belle Reve means beautiful dream. Named for the family mansion that was lost before Blanche arrived in the French Quarter to live with Stanley and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire.
A reliable, endlessly useful recipe that comes together quick. Fun to make, simply delicious. A perfect companion to, or base for so many other recipes. Terrific with Three Lime Chili and Black-Eyed Pea Salad (on the Comfort Food-themed page of this site), and the basis for my terrific Creole Crawfish 'n Cornbread Dressing (Thanksgiving).
Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire, 1950.
Belle Reve Honey Cornbread
Makes 8 servings
1 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon arrowroot starch or cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, very soft, more to grease pan
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
Heat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9 x 9-inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, starch, salt.
In medium bowl, whisk together milk, honey, butter, oil, eggs. With wooden spoon, stir liquid mixture into dry, combining thoroughly to make a smooth batter. It is okay if you still have some chunks of butter. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes till a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for 15 minutes and slice into portions as preferred.