Puppies quell panic

Last night we had a friend coming for supper, and when it was too late I remembered that I’d forgotten to either buy or make bread to go with the soup. There was still time to make soda bread, but as it was a “red” electric day I didn’t want to turn on the oven. While I was metaphorically chewing over the issue, I was flicking through one of the cookery books to find a favourite sauce recipe.

It’s a little book called “Electric Blender Recipes” by Mabel Stegner, published in 1952, with some brilliant, simple recipes that take no time to make.

By chance, it fell open at the section on Hot Breads, and the recipe for Hush Puppies.

Here it is:

Sift into a mixing bowl

2 cups of fine corn meal

1 tablespoon of flour

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon of salt

Place in blender

1 egg

1 cup of buttermilk (I substituted with ordinary milk + 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar)

½ cup of chopped onion*

Blend contents until onion is finely chopped.

Pour blended mixture over sifted ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes.

Drop rounded teaspoons of mixture into 1½” of moderately hot oil and fry for about one minute, turning once to brown on both sides.

Drain on absorbent paper.

This makes A LOT of Hush Puppies, lovely puffy, crispy little mouthfuls of deliciousness that went very well with the soup and would also be good served as finger food with a variety of dips.

Bon appetit. 🙂

*Because I find chopping them something of a chore and they make my eyes stream, I buy onions in 5 kilo bags, chop them in the food processor, and then freeze in small individual portions. Simples. The defrosted onions work perfectly in cooked dishes.

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