Pumpkin Cornbread | Gluten Free, Low FODMAP

What a great side to have with pulled meat from the slow cooker, soaking up the BBQ sauce, or the gravy on a rich casserole. It goes great with soup, even with Pumpkin Soup, or as a side for Crunchy Baked Chicken. It might need warming up the next day, but it is amazing toasted, with honey or marmalade, and of course, melting butter.

Pumpkin Cornbread

MAKES

enough for four to six, as a side

INGREDIENTS

  • 60gm butter
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic infused olive oil
  • 1 tsp roast onion infused olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups finely grated pumpkin (about 1/8 to 1/4 of one Kent/ Jap pumpkin)
  • 1 cup grated cheese (Parmesan or Cheddar)
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup maize flour
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder

OPTIONAL

  • If not using grated pumpkin, use 1 cup lactose free milk (or water)

METHOD

  1. Grate your pumpkin finely
  2. Melt the butter in a small jug or saucepan, allow to cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, or food processor, combine the butter, eggs, flavoured oils, salt (and milk, if using, see optional), and blend to combine.
  4. Add grated pumpkin, cheese, polenta, flours and baking powder, blend or stir to combine (the grated pumpkin will get chopped more finely by the food processor blade, that’s OK)
  5. Spoon into a greased or lined 25cm x 25cm baking dish (you can sprinkle an extra tbsp or two of polenta on the bottom of the dish before pouring the batter in). The batter will be thick, but as the cheese melts in the cornbread, it will be softer as it bakes.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in moderate oven, until golden brown on top, and bounces back when carefully touched on top. Or you can use a skewer, insert into the middle and remove, see if it comes out without any batter on it, it is cooked.
  7. Serve warm with organic, pasture-raised butter!

MEAL PREP/ COOK ONCE, SERVE TWICE

  • You can grate the pumpkin in advance
  • This cornbread freezes and defrosts quite well

NOTES

  • If you are new to a low FODMAP way of eating, please read this Beginner’s Guide to Low FODMAP Eating
  • You could also use grated sweet potato, though only a small amount is considered low in FODMAPs

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