Cornmeal and herb bread for a worthy cause

November 21, 2008


The glorious beauty of fall will vanish soon with the weather turning crisp & cold. It is freezing here and old weary leaves are falling down and within few days to come the roads will be lined up with empty stalks and barren branches. It was great that we managed to escape to the mountains last week but given the present day weather condition, it would have been too harsh for the little Rohan to go to Mount Laoshan.

Last week Aparna of MyDiversekitchen tagged me for a worthy cause a cause that is raised for alleviating poverty in Africa, a very thoughtful cause and is open to every one. Anyone can participate and there are quite a number of ways one can contribute.

There are various ways for you to get involved:
Join our campaign.
Submit your bread baking recipe.
Make a donation to Breadline Africa.
Vote for your favourite recipe.
Bake a loaf of bread and blog about it.
Bake many loaves of bread and host a bake sale.

Checkout out this to find out more on The world wide blogger bake off challenge.

On this noble occasion I thought of baking a herb cornmeal bread that often dotes my kitchen top. Seeing Deeba’s Moroccan holiday bread, I went on adding 1 tablespoon of instant yeast instead of regular 1 teaspoon and it did a make difference to my regular cornmeal bread. It was soft and here goes the list of ingredients to make a nice loaf and that too for a worthy cause.


1 cup bread flour
½ cup cornmeal
1teaspoon salt
4 teaspoon sugar
3 teaspoon mixed dried herbs (rosemary, parsley and basil)
2 teaspoon olive oil
½ cup plus two tablespoons lukewarm milk (110”F warm)
1tablespoon instant dry yeast
Few tablespoons of corn kernel
1 heaped teaspoon of sesame seeds


In a bowl mix all the ingredients expect corn kernel and sesame. Knead to smooth and soft dough for about 7 to 8 minutes. Kneading is an important step and I am glad that my kitchen aid with a kneading attachment does a good work.

Lightly grease a bowl and rest the dough for one hour or until it has doubled. I had kept the dough near kitchen window that is blessed with ample of sunshine. Knuckle it down and add some corn kernels and give it an oblong shape. Wrap and rest for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven at 200’C and brush the top with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds. Bake for 30 minutes or until done. It should pass the simple test of sounding hollow when tapped underneath. Serve warm.

I prayed silently as I dunked and enjoyed it with roasted red pepper soup.


I have tagged the following bloggers to join in the campaign, please do feel free to join the campaign and if for any reason you can’t let us pray in our special way that the world is a little less cruel on the underprivileged. Like someone said “poverty is the biggest crime against humanity”.

Sowmya –
Soma –
Yasmeen –
Jo –
Daziano –

I am also sending this recipe to Lore of culinarty.sapiensworks for hosting the Original Recipes – Monthly Round-Up Event.


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  • Reply SriLekha November 21, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    that looks delicious and nice
    join in the sweet event going in my blog!

  • Reply Divya Vikram November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Looks scrumptious ith a beautiful crust!

  • Reply meeso November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    What a perfect looking loaf of bread!

  • Reply Uma November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous bread for a worthy cause! looks so good Shibani! Love the first picture!

  • Reply anudivya November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Awesome bread. Love the whole bread pic!

  • Reply Curry Leaf November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Perfect with soup.I love your ideas.I reckon the bread to have a soft airy interior and a bit crunchy crust.Perfect and perfect.Love the corn and herb addition.

  • Reply Priya November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Prefectly Baked cornmeal bread..looks awesome…would love to try soon…Bravo for this awesome Bread..

  • Reply Cham November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    When we do with good heart, all turn out beautifully, look at ur bread result! It came out perfect, love the crust!
    The fall pictu is gorgeous 🙂

  • Reply Usha November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Looks perfect and inviting…and for a very worthy cause too…

  • Reply Happy cook November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Beautiful bread.
    Looks so yummm

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Wow looks gr8. Corn might have added extra flavour to the bread.

  • Reply sowmya November 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    The bread looks awesome with the herbs and all..hurray !!!thankyou for tagging me ..I am going to do something..

  • Reply Yasmeen November 21, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Bread looks elegant and perfectly done.thanks for tagging me,I’ll update my post with your name too:)

  • Reply Soma November 21, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    What a great looking bread. I love the flavors. When I saw the whole bread I was thinking "Oh please don't cur it":-)>
    & Thanks for tagging me!! I will come up with something. Can't really say I am good at baking, but I have been trying:-)

  • Reply Sunshinemom November 23, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Awesome loaf!

  • Reply Sharmila November 23, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Beautiful snaps! And that slice looks awesome … must look up your roasted pepper soup. 🙂

  • Reply Arfi Binsted November 23, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I was in awe to see the Autumn glance on first photo. Absolutely beautiful! I like baking bread but I’m not really a bread person. I’m more a rice person hehehe… My family loves bread, so every now and then I shall bake bread. Yours looks soft! Must be springy and lovely flavour.

  • Reply Clumbsy Cookie November 24, 2008 at 1:36 am

    That’s one of the most gorgeous breads I’ve seen lately, no kidding! I love cornbread ans this one with herbs must be superb!

  • Reply Jo November 25, 2008 at 1:21 am

    Hi Shibani, thanks for the invite and it’s a YES, would love to participate.

  • Reply Aparna November 25, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I knew you would come up with something and the bread in your picture looks very good, Shibani.
    I really like herbed breads.

  • Reply Lore November 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Can’t get over those kernels showing through, so cute :)! Thanks for sharing your delicious bread with the Original Recipes Round-Up!

  • Reply Madhuram December 9, 2008 at 5:32 am

    That’s my kind of a bread, without eggs. The sliced bread picture is very tempting.

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