This masa harina bread is like a dense and flavorful cornbread. As you might remember, I’m a huge fan of masa harina. It’s like very fine corn meal, with a mysterious and lovely flavor. The batter for this bread does not give you confidence – it’s like pouring wet sand into your bread pan. And as it cooks, it’s sort of ugly and gnarled. But it’s lovely to eat. Isaac loved it to pieces. It’s quite a comforting loaf, and I seem to be stuck on comfort food this week!
And I’m OBSESSED with this song. I play it over and over. It plays itself in my head in the middle of the night. It’s so pretty and cheerful and contagious, musically. And the lyrics are so hopeless and dire, but beautiful and sometimes it seems they’re true, but this was a hopeful week, politically!
Check out the real situation:
Nation war against nation.
Where did it all begin?
When will it end?
Well, it seems like: total destruction the only solution,
And there ain’t no use: no one can stop them now.
Ain’t no use: nobody can stop them now.
Give them an inch, they take a yard;
Give them a yard, they take a mile (ooh);
Once a man and twice a child
And everything is just for a while.
1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
2 T brown sugar
2 cups masa harina
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t cayenne (or to taste)
1 cup buttermilk or milk soured with 1 t lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 375, and butter a loaf pan.
Cream the butter and sugar together till smooth and fluffy, and then beat in the eggs. Stir in all of the dry ingredients, and mix till smooth. Stir in the buttermilk. The mixture will be quite dense. Spread it into the loaf pan.
Bake for about 40 minutes, till the top is firm and golden.