This is a very basic, dense, slightly sweet cornbread recipe. It is not to be confused with cornbread cake which, as one may imagine, is even sweeter and more cake like. Corncakes usually contain flour to lighten the batter. The recipe as written below is safe for those on a gluten-free diet as long as you ensure that you use plain cornmeal and not cornmeal mix when buying your ingredients.
This cornbread is one of our favorite sides, it is made from household staples and is simple to prepare. We also like that it’s low cost and pairs well with many meals. The kids love it drizzled with just a touch of honey for a breakfast treat.
- 2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 3 TBSP vegetable oil or melted bacon fat
- 1 tsp salt
This is so basic we’re skipping the step-by-step pictures. First, crank the oven to 475F. In a medium bowl stir together the cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder. In another small bowl, whisk the egg into the milk.
Place your cake pan (9x9x2) or muffin tin (12) in the oven for three to five minutes.
Add your liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. There’s no need to break out the stand mixer, a quick stir by hand is fine.
You want to work quickly to prevent once the liquids have been added to the dry ingredients to allow the baking powder to do its work while the batter is setting.
Remove your pan from the oven, and grease it with a light coating of your favorite cooking spray.
If you really want to get back to your roots, grease your pan with the 3 TBSP of bacon grease. Simply put the grease into the pan before it is heated in the oven. Watch it carefully because it will burn quickly. Take the pan out of the oven and tilt it to be sure it’s well coated. The pour the excess into your batter. Just remember it’s 3TBSP total, not in addition to the 3TBSP mentioned in the ingredient list.
Pour your batter into the hot baking pan and immediately place it in the oven with the rack at the middle setting. If your rack is too close to the heating element it may burn on the bottom or top before the middle has set.
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Remove from the oven and place the cake pan on a rack to cool.