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Corn, Maiz, Maize

Corn is a staple in most of the world. It is a simple grain and yet, the amount of things you can do with corn are endless. From corn bread, to tortillas, to corn on the cob, corn is always good and always welcome. I live in Central Florida, the home of Zelwood corn and the Zellwood Corn Festival. We are just spoiled. At the height of the season you can buy corn for nothing on the side of the road. The following dish is a dish that we ate at Christmas when I was a kid. There is a town near Jarabacoa that has become the arepa capital of the DR. I always stop and get some when i can.

AREPA - DOMINICAN SWEET CORN BREAD

2 cups corn meal
5 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 stick butter
Cinnamon, anise and nutmeg to taste
1 cup canned coconut milk or the milk of a fresh coconut (look under coconut milk)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten

Combine all ingredients (except eggs) in a saucepan. Stir constantly and cook until thick (like cream of wheat). Remove from heat and let cool for a while. Add eggs and mix well with a wooden spoon. Pour into a greased baking dish (bread pans, or any shape cake pan will do) and bake in 350°F. oven until golden (about 1 hour). Remove from oven and let cool. When it is completely cool, turn out on rack. Slice and serve.

REGULAR CORN FRITTERS

1 cup corn flour
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon anise
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg

Mix all ingredients except for the oil. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add spoonfuls of the mix to the oil. Make sure they are bite size and not too big. Fry until golden on both sides. Remove and place on paper towels. Serve.

MY MOM'S CORN FRITTERS

These are simply YUMMY! They are also very easy to make, if you don't mind deep frying.

1 cup corn meal
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
1 can creamed corn

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Let rest for about 15 minutes. Heat oil until very hot in a frying pan. Drop by spoonfuls and cook until golden. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to remove some of the oil. Serve hot.

 

 

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