Friday, July 11, 2008

Country Viddles

I love simple country home cooked meals. When I cook I rarely use unusual ingredients or lots of spices. When it comes to food I like it simple and comforting. For supper we had green beans cooked in cured ham until tender, cream style fried corn, cornbread, and new potatoes. For dessert we had a Blueberry Boy Bait Cake. The cake has a strange name but it sure was delicious. I wanted to share the cake recipe and the creamed corn recipe with you guys. However I am sure all you southerners already know how to make fried corn!

Blueberry Boy Bait Cake

Serves 12

If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw them.


2 cups plus 1 t. all purpose flour

1 T baking powder

1 t salt

2 sticks butter, softened

3/4 cups packed brown sugar

1/2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries


1/2 cups blueberries fresh or frozen

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 t cinnamon

For cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 baking pan.

Whisk 2 cups flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. With electric mixer beat butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 min. Add eggs, one at the time, beating until just incorporated. Reduce speed and beat in one third of the flour mixture until incorporated; beat in half of the milk. Beat in half of the remaining flour mixture, then remaining milk, and finally the remaining flour. Toss blueberries in 1 t. flour and fold into batter with a spatula. Spread batter into prepared pan. For the topping: Scatter blueberries over top of batter. Stir sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl and then sprinkle over the batter. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, 45 to 50 min.

Southern Fried Corn

6 ears of sweet corn, shucked and silks removed

1/2 stick butter




The proper way to cut your corn off the cob for this dish is to cut the very ends of the kernels off into a deep bowl. Using the back of your knife scrape the rest of the corn from the cob. Be careful as you can easily get cut. I usually have more success with a serrated knife. After you have all your corn cut off add about 1 cup of water to it and stir it. Heat a nonstick skillet and add a heaping tablespoon of lard or bacon drippings to it. Add your corn and salt and pepper it. Add your butter and begin with 1 T of sugar. You can always add more if it's not sweet enough. Cook on medium for about 15 min stirring often. At the very end add a splash of milk or cream. Enjoy!


Gettysburg Homestead said...

This sounds so yummy. Thanks for sharing the southern recipes with me as I grew up with a Mother who made everything from a box. So no good recipes.


Lori said...

What time was dinner!!! LOL!!! YUMMY!!! Love the look of that dessert!! Hope that all is well with you and yours! I know that you are getting ready to move, so when do you have time to cook?? LOL!!!
Many Blessings and Love.......
Lori Hull

simple~needs said...

blueberry bait cake sounds wonderful!!

Black Sheep Lisa said...

Yummy! Thanks for the recipes!

Aunt Polly's Attic said...

Love your blog, Jill. I've given your blog award ... please come to my blog and pick it up to continue the fun!!


SimpleFolk said...

Hi Jill!

That is one of our favorite meals as well. There is nothing like fresh from the garden! So glad you posted the recipe for the fried corn! I was about to ask for it. This "Yankee" gal (and all her guys) thank you from the bottom of our hearts--er--um, stomachs. :-)

Congrats on the move. I can't wait to see the cabin you build! I can only imagine how neat it will be. We have wanted to live in a log home(we did before we moved here), but moving back home to this farm was the best thing we ever did. I have lived all but five years of my life here. There truly is no place like "home."


Farmhouse Primitives said...

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Farmhouse Primitives said...

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Raggedy Angel said...

That looks good!
I have an award for you, come see!