Jeffs Sweet Cornbread

July 12th, 2011 by Jeff in Appetizers, Snacks and Sweets

Everyone loves cornbread and I am no exception. There are basically two types: savory and sweet. I have always preferred the sweeter cornbread. The real trick it to get it moist enough where it doesn’t taste like you are just eating formed cornmeal. 🙂 Here is the recipe I usually make and it is a HIT!


2 cups yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 cup creamed corn
2 tablespoons either canola or vegetable oil
4 tablespoons of butter
4 tablespoons of honey

Preheat the oven to 425 and let your 12 inch cast iron skillet heat up inside the oven at the same time.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and except the oil, honey and butter, mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl.? Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.? Add the oil to the heated skillet.? Pour the batter into the skillet and then cook in the oven for 20 minutes.

While the cornbread is cooking, melt the butter and honey in a small sauce pan until the butter is just melted.? Remove from heat and stir until combined.

When you take the cornbread out of the oven, pour the butter and honey mixture over the top of the cornbread and slather all over the top so every part of the bread gets coated.

Let cool for 10 minutes and then serve with butter.

Irish Baileys Cheesecake With Strawberry Swirls

March 15th, 2007 by Jeff in Snacks and Sweets

Now that we have our main courses all set to go for St. Patty’s day, we needed a dessert. After searching through many recipes I didn’t find anything as far as authentic Irish desserts that I wanted for our party. I needed something familiar to the crowd but with an Irish twist. So I started looking up cheesecakes.

Now I have never been a big cheesecake eater or cooker so I had to make up some test batches with quite a few recipes and really I wasn’t satisfied with any of them. Finally I took a bit from this recipe and that recipe and just added my own ideas into it and came out with some of the best cheesecake I ever had.

I always noticed that cheesecake many times can be dry, or heavy or both. This recipe makes a light, smooth textured cake that any cheese lover will devour.


1 cup of graham cracker crumbs (just crush some graham crackers finely).
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted.
3 tablespoons of sugar.


32 ounces of warm (softened) cream cheese (4 8 ounce packages).
1 cup of sugar.
3 tablespoons flour.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract.
1/4 cup Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur.
4 eggs.
3/4 cup sour cream.
4 tablespoons strawberry preserves.


1/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips.
1/8 cup Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur.
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 325.

Stir together the crust ingredients and press down on a greased spring-form pan. Make sure the crust is even – (More…)

Irish Soda Bread

March 9th, 2007 by Jeff in Snacks and Sweets

What would corned beef and cabbage be without Irish soda bread?  You need something to soak up all those juices from the brisket.   The perfect dunking bread for Irish stew is, you guessed it, Irish soda bread!

There are quite a few recipes out there but basically they are pretty much the same.  The main differences will be between the ones that use a combination of wheat flour and white flour as opposed to the ones that just use one or the other.  Also I have found half the recipes include raisins, and the other half do not.  For me, it MUST have raisins!

I have also noticed that some versions use caraway, but I found it a bit conflicting to the rest of the tastes.  If you disagree, you can always add caraway to the following recipe.

2 cups each white and whole wheat flour (4 total).
1/2 cup sugar.
2 teaspoons baking powder.
1 teaspoon salt.
1/2 stick of cold butter (4 tablespoons) cut into pieces.
1 cup raisins.
1 1/2 cups buttermilk.

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Mix together well.

Using your hands, add the butter and squeeze into dough until the butter is well incorporated.  It should be the size of small marbles in the dough.  DO NOT use a blender during any part of this recipe.

Stir in the buttermilk and raisins and mix well with a spoon or spatula.

Turn out on to a floured surface and knead for about 2 minutes.  – (More…)


Making Hot Chocolate Special

February 8th, 2007 by Jeff in Snacks and Sweets

The week comes to an end at the house.  For the last 5 days, the kids have gotten up at 7:30 a.m. and off to school by 8:15.  Returning home around 4 p.m., there is yet another two hours of homework to do (assigned by the school, and then by me).  Next it is off to their room to get it cleaned up.  Beds made, clothes put away, etc..  Dinner comes next followed immediately by a shower then an hour of T.V. or other such entertainment.  Finally it is bed time only to start it over again in a few hours.

Even for the young this can be a busy week when all is said and done.  Fortunately we give some relief by giving kids the weekends off.  This time of year, that means unless it is seriously below zero, we wrap them in coats and sweaters and push them out the door.  “Go play” has another meaning around here, it means, please get out of the house and do something.

You can’t help but feel for the little guys when you see them out there with their cheeks getting red after a couple hours.  This is the time when one of the simplest past times can really heal the drudgery of the week.  Hot chocolate.

I remember when I was a kid there was nothing like coming in from the bitter cold after playing all day and having a hot mug of – (More…)


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