Cast Iron Skillet Pumpkin Cornbread
While doing some spring cleaning, I pulled out our heavy cast iron skillet (very slowly and carefully, because I'm sure if I dropped it, it would go straight through the floor into the neighbor's kitchen downstairs). A half-can of frozen pumpkin was also discovered in the freezer. Then (lightbulb!) pumpkin cornbread. That slight crunch + graininess of cornbread is something that never gets old.
Frankly, it's been quiet the past couple of weeks - and that's a good thing. Just lots of time at home on the weekends, and occasional get-togethers with friends. We're looking forward to (and resting up for) our upcoming trips to Denver, Phoenix, and Yellowstone, MT. We watched a documentary series on Yellowstone - you can't help but marvel at the ingenuity and sheer grit of the animals that inhabit the wilderness. It's beautiful and terrifying at the same time, and we can't wait to see all of the action in person.
We've also been focusing on being more mindful of the present. That means soaking in all the ordinary, beautiful day-to-day moments (our recent favorite has been watching the trees go into bloom on our street, and the feeling of warm sun on our skin). The other half involves simply acknowledging emotions and feelings without judgment, then letting them float away, recognizing that they are all temporary. It definitely brings peace and is a lifetime project worth taking up.
1 cup whole wheat flour (pastry)
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup pumpkin
1/3 cup brown sugar
5 tbsp salted butter, melted
3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp coriander
4 tsp baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 425F
2. Coat 12-inch cast iron skillet with 1 tbsp canola oil; preheat skillet while you assemble the batter
3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix until just combined
4. Remove cast iron skillet from oven; pour batter into skillet
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
6. Slather in butter and honey and enjoy!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather!