Masa Harina Cake Bread Recipe

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Masa Harina bread is a classic Mexican version of cornbread.  It’s actually a batter bread which uses baking powder and baking soda as a rising agent instead of yeast.  However, the bread doesn’t rise before baking but towards the end of the baking cycle in the oven.

You can make this bread from start to finish in your bread machines if it has a cake bread setting.  If not, you can use a setting like a cookie dough setting or pasta dough setting.  Those settings don’t have a rising cycle which will harden the bread before baking.  Once you have prepared the batter in the machine you finish baking the bread in the oven. 

Masa Harina goes great with any dish but is fantastic with chili, Mexican soups and cheeses or dipped into a mole or salsa.  You can make it from start to finish in your bread machine using a cake bread setting, but we’re going to make the batter in the machine and finish the bread in the oven for a more traditional circular loaf shape.

Because baking powder and baking soda are used in place of yeast, this bread does not require a rising cycle.  As a result, you should use a cookie dough cycle or pasta dough cycle o your bread machine to mix the batter.  It the batter appears too dry, add a tablespoon of milk until you achieve the batter consistency. Once the batter is mixed, pour it into a 10-inch diameter, buttered cast-iron pan and finish in the oven.

INGREDIENTS:
 1 cup milk
 1 teaspoon white vinegar
 1 cup masa harina flour
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 2 eggs
 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
 3 tablespoons butter
DIRECTIONS:
1

Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius.

2

Pour the ingredients into the bread pan of the baking machine and select the cookie dough cycle or the pasta dough cycle.

3

Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in an oven-proof or cast-iron skillet over low heat. Remove from heat and pour in the batter from the bread pan.

4

Top with random corn kernels as an optional garnish. (Do NOT stir!) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

5

Remove from oven and slice.

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS:
 1 cup milk
 1 teaspoon white vinegar
 1 cup masa harina flour
 1 cup all-purpose flour
 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
 1 teaspoon baking powder
 1 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
 2 eggs
 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
 3 tablespoons butter

Directions

DIRECTIONS:
1

Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius.

2

Pour the ingredients into the bread pan of the baking machine and select the cookie dough cycle or the pasta dough cycle.

3

Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in an oven-proof or cast-iron skillet over low heat. Remove from heat and pour in the batter from the bread pan.

4

Top with random corn kernels as an optional garnish. (Do NOT stir!) Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

5

Remove from oven and slice.

Masa Harina Cake Bread Recipe

Steve Nubie

Steve Nubie has been writing professionally for 38 years. He is a Chef and has traveled across Asia and Europe studying language, culture and cuisine. He instructs culinary classes in the Culinary School at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and has written extensively on cuisine, cooking, diet and nutrition. He is a published author of 10 books including a cookbook and continues to write on subjects related to culinary trends.

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