Tuscan Polenta Bread

Cornmeal is the basis for this Italian-inspired quick bread recipe that's best served warm with melted butter.



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Servings: 8 to 10
Prep Time: 25 mins
Related Categories: Bread, Pork
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Ingredients
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    1 1/2  cups 
    cornmeal
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    1/2  cup 
    all-purpose flour
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    2   tablespoons 
    sugar
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    1   teaspoon 
    baking soda
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    2   tablespoons 
    olive oil
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    1 3/4  cups 
    half-and-half or light cream
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    2   
    eggs, lightly beaten
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    9   slices 
    bacon or 3/4 cup chopped pancetta, crisp-cooked and drained
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    1  8  ounce jar 
    oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and snipped
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    1   tablespoon 
    chopped shallot
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    1   tablespoon 
    snipped fresh rosemary
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    Butter, softened (optional)

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In medium bowl stir together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a 10-inch cast-iron skillet or a 9x1-1/2-inch round baking pan. Place in oven for 5 minutes. Remove skillet or pan from oven; carefully swirl oil in pan to coat bottom and sides of pan.
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Meanwhile, for batter, in large bowl combine half-and-half, eggs, and remaining oil. Crumble bacon. Stir tomatoes, bacon, shallot, and rosemary into egg mixture until combined. Add cornmeal mixture all at once to egg mixture. Stir just until moistened. Pour batter into hot skillet or pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cut in wedges. Serve warm with softened butter. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 367, Fat, total (g) 18, chol. (mg) 82, sat. fat (g) 6, carb. (g) 46, Monosaturated fat (g) 9, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 2, sugar (g) 3, pro. (g) 11, vit. A (IU) 632, vit. C (mg) 29, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 28, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0, sodium (mg) 553, Potassium (mg) 594, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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