It's not necessary to serve maple syrup with this moist corn bread from Dorothy Bateman of Carver, Massachusetts. The maple flavoring is baked into the loaf, providing a delicious change of pace from traditional corn bread.
I get this recipe years ago from my college roommate's mother. I've tried a lot of other corn bread recipes since, but none compares to this one—with the ham baked in, it's much more like a complete meal than simply a bread. I'm a home economics teacher, and I'm active in Future Homemakers of America, too. Besides cooking, I enjoy reading and cross-stitch.
"Central Illinois is one of the major corn and pork producing areas of the country, so why wouldn't this bread be a favorite here? asks Carol Roper of Litchfield, Illinois. She dresses up a basic batter with corn, onion and cheese, then tops it with poppy seeds and bacon.
"This recipe for sweet corn bread is a combination of many trials and errors," says Kristy Kent, Wind Gap, Pennsylvania. "I tried to duplicate an extraordinary corn bread I sampled in another town. Adding honey to a combination of recipes finally did the trick."
"Our daughter Kaitlin created this moist bread," says Lauren McBride of Houston, Texas. "She loves to fix it for our family along with hot dogs and a salad. It's quick, simple, delicious and kid-friendly."
I first tasted this bread when we visited some good friends in Arkansas in the early '70's. I have made it on many occasions since then, particularly for card club and church functions. I enjoy my job as postal clerk at our local office, and spending time with our two children and five grandchildren.