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Corn Bread with Basil (Pão de Milho com Manjericão)

Corn Bread with Basil (Pão de Milho com Manjericão) — that’s all I want… Just its aroma baking in the oven is enough to make me happy.

Corn bread with basil

But this corn bread with basil is not exactly like the corn bread that you might be familiar with. Brazilian corn bread looks more like a bread loaf rather than a cake. Moreover, the corn bread recipe that you are making today has a twist… instead of a plain corn bread, it incorporates both Parmesan and provolone cheeses and basil, which make the bread even more aromatic and flavorful.

Yes, it is an Italian-style corn bread with basil on account of its ingredients and also due to its origin. This type of corn bread (pão de milho com ervas finas) is very popular in the countryside of Rio Grande do Sul State, where there are many corn plantations belonging to descendents of Italian immigrants to Brazil. The milled corn is used to make other dishes than just polenta– like this tasty bread, for example…

Corn bread with basil , pão de milho com manjericão

Pão de milho (loosely pronounced similar to this: POWM jee MEEL-yoo ) or corn bread is ideal for breakfast or as a snack, accompanied by a good cup of coffee. I also think that it would be interesting if eaten as a side dish with a hearty stew, like picadinho, on top. It’s all up to you…

Now if you will please excuse me, my loaf of corn bread with basil (pão de milho com manjericão) is hot from the oven and calling my name… 😉


Corn Bread with Basil
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Italian-style corn bread with basil -- super easy to make and quite aromatic.
Recipe type: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 8
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup grated provolone cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-1/3 cup fresh or frozen corn, cooked
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil (or 2 tablespoons dried)
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F (180º C). Grease a retangular bread pan and sprinkle with cornmeal. Reserve.
  2. Beat eggs slightly and stir in the butter and milk. Reserve. In a separate, large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together: flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and sugar. Then, add the beaten egg mixture and stir with a wooden spoon. Add the cheeses and corn and mix well.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of bread comes out clean. Unmold bread onto a rack and let cool slightly until warm. Serve corn bread warm with butter and /or honey, or as an accompaniment for picadinho. Serves: 8 people
Recipe adapted from MdeMulher Culinária.





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0 Responses to Corn Bread with Basil (Pão de Milho com Manjericão)

  1. Deb March 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    The Brazilian cornbread is stunning! The addition of cheese is reminiscent of polenta and sounds divine!

    • Denise Browning March 5, 2013 at 12:07 am #

      Thanks a lot, Deb! This recipe came from decendents of Italian immigrants in Southern Brazil.

  2. Coffee and Crumpets March 5, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    I learn something new on your site every time. These cornbread looks ways yummy! My hubby is a great lover of corn bread (he’s from South Carolina…so a Southern boy) and he would devour this whole loaf, especially with the cheeses and all. I am a great lover of all things Italian….so I too would devour this whole loaf 🙂


    • Denise Browning March 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Nazneen!
      I hope you can make this corn bread for your husband one of these days… Since yesterday, I could not stop eating it. 🙂

  3. This American Bite - Yosef March 5, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    A beautiful looking dish.

    • Denise Browning March 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Yosef!
      Welcome to From Brazil To You…I hope you visit us more times!

  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Oh the cheese and basil in your corn bread sounds wonderful!

  5. Jessica March 7, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    Looks so moist and delicious! Send some over Denise!

    • Denise Browning March 7, 2013 at 7:25 am #

      Thanks, Jessica! I so wish I could send you a big load of this corn bread…

  6. Nami | Just One Cookbook March 11, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    I had corn bread with rosemary once and it was very good, so I can imagine how lovely it is with basil! Your food styling is beautiful! Very nice yellow and blue contrast!

  7. Mireille January 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    looks fabulous


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