Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
Memorial~14 July
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was the first Native American to be declared a Blessed.  We remember her story and heroic works for Our Lord on this day.  If you haven't visited the Shrine of North American Martyrs at her birth place in Auriesville, New York, you may visit their lovely website for a tour.

Blessed Kateri Corn Bread
Since the Native Americans introduced grinding corn meal, which led to the birth of corn bread, (An Early American staple) you may want to try this recipe:

Best Ever Cornbread

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup granulated 
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease an 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.
  2. Combine butter with sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend in milk, flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt until the batter is just blended (a few lumps are ok).
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until surface springs back lightly when touched and a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and place pan onto a wire rack; serve hot or warm.
Makes 8 servings.
I tried an inexpensive box recipe and used an arrow cookie cutter to cut out these shapes:
This particular box recipe was very crumbly so it made using cookie cutters very tricky!  
~This mix was very economical (maybe $2.00 total) to make corned bread so I'd recommend sticking with corned  bread muffins if you use a box mix...or try this corn cake!~

This is a beautiful Litany...
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, please pray for us!

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  1. I'm curious, do you think this recipe would work equally well with white cornmeal? To remind us that she was a virgin, with a pure devotion to Jesus.

    I don't make a lot of cornbread and so I'm not familiar with the difference between the white and yellow cornmeal varieties. Or if there is any difference at all.

  2. Tiffany,
    I never would have thought to make corn bread on Bl. Kateri's feast day. What a great idea!

    I think you can substitute white cornmeal for yellow cornmeal without any necessary considerations. I really like your idea, Kathy!

    From the White Lily FAQs:
    What's the difference between white and yellow corn meal?

    The only difference between white and yellow corn meal is the color of corn used when it was ground. White corn meal is ground white corn, and yellow corn meal starts with yellow corn. They are interchangeable in recipes. Historically, white corn meal is preferred in the South and yellow is preferred in Texas and the rest of the U.S.

  3. I have a corn bread pan that I inherited from my grandmother, castiron that makes corn-shaped loaves. I'd never thought to use it for Blessed Kateri but it was a great idea. Thanks

  4. what a great idea to use corn bread to make the arrows !

  5. Excellent idea , thanks for sharing