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Author Notes: I got this recipe years ago from a Texan friend, Nancy Taylor, who wanted to make corn bread while living in Paris; she couldn't find corn meal and discovered that fine-grain cous-cous worked as a substitute. Due to colonial history, France has a large North African population and has embraced its cuisine, so you can get different grades of cous-cous in any supermarket, and by serendipity this has permitted this corn-free cornbread to satisfy the needs of Texans abroad. ;-) I serve this with Spinach and Split Pea Soup (refer to that recipe). —ChefTom
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup finest-grain cous-cous semolina
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk (lait fermenté if you're in France); or substitute 1 yogurt + milk to make 1 cup
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 400°F/215°C.
- Combine flour, cous-cous, sugar, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl.
- Mix eggs, buttermilk and oil in another bowl.
- Pop a greased baking dish (I use a round glass one about 8 inches in diameter) into the oven quickly to heat up.
- Add egg/buttermilk/oil mix to dry ingredients and stir until all ingredients are just blended. Take care not to overmix.
- Remove baking dish, now hot, from the oven and pour batter into it. Return to oven.
- Bake approximately 25 minutes or until it is nice and golden brown around the edges. (Using a glass dish lets you check the color on the sides and bottom as well, which should be a deep yellow.)
- When done, remove from oven and let stand for ten minutes before serving. Otherwise it will crumble when you cut it.