We originally had to come up with our own recipe for cornbread because we needed the dry portion of the mix for our Cornbread Casserole recipe. In fact, a lot of the recipes we’ll post are for basics that any American would be able to go to the store and buy (but should make at home). Anyway, I digress.
Here’s how we do it.
290 ml milk
225 g coarse cornmeal (maize flour for polenta)
55 g plain flower
55 g unsalted butter – melted and cooled
2 eggs – lightly beaten
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon caster sugar
Personally, I prefer plain cornbread but lots of people add other ingredients like jalapeño peppers. Feel free to experiment with adding other things and let us know in the comments how it tastes!
Preheat oven to 200C (400F)
Sift the cornmeal flour and baking powder into a bowl and add the caster sugar, making a well in the centre. Now, if all you need is the dry mix to use in another recipe, you can stop here. This is the basic mix. If you want to continue making a batch of cornbread, add the wet ingredients into the well and mix thoroughly.
Right. There are a couple of different ways to cook the cornbread from this point.
The traditional way is to pour the mixture into a pre-heated, oiled cornbread tin. Cornbread tin are a bit like muffin tins but they are usually made of iron and have little indentations shaped like ears of corn. (see image) The other way would be to just use a loaf tin about 9×5 or a muffin tray.
If you use a traditional pan, make sure it is piping hot with a bit of oil in the pan. (Like you would cook a Yorkshire Pudding) The hot oil will fry the bottom slightly and make the outside nice and crispy while the centre stays nice and soft. Cooking time will be around 20-25 minutes.
If you use a standard loaf tin make sure to butter the dish first and just pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 35-45 minutes. If you use a muffin tin you should reduce the cooking time to around 20-25 minutes.
That’s it! Serve immediately or save it ’till later. Just don’t let it hang around too long. Happy baking!
Have you ever had cornbread? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments!