Hints and Tips for The Best Cornbread

Cornbread is a classic Southern dish and absolutely delicious. From how long the cornbread can last in the refrigerator or freezer to what cornmeal to use, we’ll give you these awesome tips along with a few recipes for making the best cornbread. Always check your cornmeal for rancidity before baking. Rancid cornmeal will smell stale and musty; good cornmeal will have a sweeter smell. When mixing batter for cornbread or muffins, put away your electric mixer. Mixing by hand helps eliminate over mixing. It is desirable to have a few lumps in the batter. They will hydrate during baking and …

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American Spaghetti Pie

If you can make spaghetti, you can make spaghetti pie.  It’s a really neat dish and one that the whole family will enjoy–a mixture of spaghetti and cheese and Italian sausage, similar to lasagna.  It’s firm enough that you can cut it into slices and serve it like a cake. Making Spaghetti Pie in a Springform Pan We made ours in a 9-inch springform pan, a Candy Apple Red Springform Pan but you can use a large, 3 1/2 to 4 quart, baking pan if your prefer. About Springform Pans Springform pans are essential for cheesecakes but we use springform …

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What Pan Should You Use for Cornbread?

Cornbread is a southern delight and one of my favorite sides to make for chili cookouts, but it can be hard to decide which pan is best to use for cornbread. Each pan comes with its advantages and disadvantages, but which one is best for cornbread? Here we’ll present five choices for pans for cornbread and give you the advantages of each. Five Pans You Can Use For Cornbread Cast Iron Skillets This is the traditional choice for skillet cornbread, cornbread that is usually rich in eggs.  The pan should be well-seasoned and coated with butter or other fat.  A …

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Roast Chicken with Apple Cornbread Dressing

More than the fruits and vegetables of the harvest, the fall season is a season of leftovers. What better way to use leftover cornbread than in an apple cornbread stuffing to pair with roast chicken? The apple and nuts really spice up the familiar flavors of stuffing, making your dinner of leftovers unforgettable. Skillet Cornbread Recipe (with walnuts) Ingredients 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 cup chopped walnuts 4 large eggs Directions Mix the cornmeal with …

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Apple and Bacon Cornbread

This apple bacon cornbread is a sweeter cornbread with a different texture than most. Apple and bacon are a wonderful combination, and to top it off, the cornbread is made with melted butter and maple syrup, making it a little sweeter. It is an egg-rich, skillet cornbread and a flourless recipe. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 4 large eggs 1 cup milk 1/4 melted butter 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1/2 pound bacon 1 1/2 medium-sized apples, finely diced or shredded with peel Directions Preheat the oven …

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Roast Chicken with Apple Cornbread Dressing

Chicken is so versatile. This recipe calls for pairing the chicken with a cornbread dressing that is loaded with nuts and apple bits. You can use any leftover cornbread. We included a recipe for the cornbread that is quick and simple so that you can start from scratch. Skillet Cornbread with walnuts Recipe 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 cup chopped walnuts 4 large eggs Directions 1. Mix the cornmeal with the buttermilk and let soak …

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Blueberry Corn Muffin Recipe

Corn muffins and blueberries are a classic combination. In this recipe, the corn meal is presoaked for a softer, less gritty texture. The not-too-sweet cornbread muffins set off the blueberries perfectly. While many corn muffins have more flour than cornmeal and are almost cake-like, this recipe maintains its cornbread roots with equal parts of each. 1 1/4 cups cornmeal 1/3 cup very hot water 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs, whisked 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries Preheat the oven …

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Cheddar Pecan Corn Muffins

When we were putting this together, folks thought this was a really strange combination. When they tried them, they decided that “wonderful” was a more appropriate adjective than “strange”. These were especially good warm with butter and a tart jam. (Cherry jam was our first choice although red currant was very good also.) There’s something about the sweet fruity taste of jam that seems to bring out the best in cornbread crunchiness. Cheddar Pecan Corn Muffins Ingredients 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon white pepper …

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Amish Cornbread

The following recipe was found on Alicia’s Kitchen and used by permission.  This is one of many “standard” cornbread recipes.  Note that the amount of cornmeal is equal to the amount of flour.  Since this recipe calls for 1/4 cup sugar, it will be slightly sweet.  For a less sweet cornbread, reduce the sugar to two tablespoons. Amish CornbreadIf you prefer butter to shortening, use 1/4 cup butter.  If you use salted butter, reduce the salt in the recipe to 1/2 teaspoon.  1 c. sifted flour 1/4 c. sugar 1 tbsp. baking powder 3/4 tsp. salt 1 c. yellow cornmeal …

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How to Make Skillet Cornbread

My favorite cornbread is skillet cornbread. And Merri Ann can’t eat gluten so skillet cornbread is perfect for her—it relies on eggs for the structure, not flour. We’ve made it so often that it has evolved from a series of recipes to a technique. Using a ratio of ingredients, we use this technique to make both sweet and savory cornbread—whatever we are in the mood for—from Jalapeño Cheese Cornbread to Banana Nut Cornbread. Today we’ll tell you how to make your own cornbread and give you several recipes to get you started. Apple and Bacon Cornbread At first glance, this is …

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Parmesan and Bacon Cornbread

It’s fun to experiment with cornbread. Add your favorites to a cornbread recipe—and you can really be creative. Try sun-dried tomatoes, salami, green peppers, cheddar, or mushrooms. Think of your favorite pizza and add some of the same ingredients to cornbread. In this savory version, we added crisply cooked bacon, onions, basil, and parmesan cheese. We loved it. Incidentally, this bread with the aromas of bacon, onions, parmesan, and basil smells absolutely wonderful while baking. Ingredients 1/2 to 2/3 cups crisply-cooked bacon pieces 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon …

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Loaded Cheddar and Chili Cornbread Loaves

This corn bread has some kick to it especially if you use other than mild chilies.  The chilies, sundried tomatoes, and cheddar create a lot of flavor in this unusual cornbread. It’s fun to make this cornbread in mini-loaves.  We made it in both eight loaf linking loaf pans and four loaf linking loaf pans.  The recipe fits the four loaf pans perfectly. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups corn meal 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons salt 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 cup canned corn, drained 1  4 oz can …

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Cheddar and Bacon Cornbread

Corn bread is quick, easy, and nearly foolproof. It is also versatile—bake it for breakfast, a brunch, and side dish with supper. This cornbread is made with bacon, cheddar, onion bits, and some red pepper or pimento for color. It is an egg-rich, skillet cornbread and a flourless recipe. Ingredients 1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 large eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 pound bacon 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped and diced 1/2 medium sized onion, chopped and diced 11/2 cups grated cheese, cheddar or jack Directions Preheat the oven to …

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Make Your Own Corn Bread Mix

Yes, you can make your own mix. It’s a great idea for camping this summer with a Dutch oven or for use in the RV. But it’s also useful on a busy day. Just one word of caution: Cornmeal does not keep as well as flour. Store your mix in a cool, dark place and use within three months. Ingredients 6 cups degerminated cornmeal 6 cups flour, white or wheat 1 1/2 cups dry buttermilk powder 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup baking powder 2 tablespoons baking soda 1 tablespoon salt Directions Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 2 eggs, …

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Homemade Cornbread Mix

6 cups all-purpose flour 6 cups cornmeal 1 cup granulated sugar 3 cups dry milk 1 1/2 tablespoons salt 1/4 cup baking powder Mix all ingredients thoroughly together. To make cornbread: For 2 1/2 cups of mix, stir together 2 beaten eggs, one cup water, and 1/4 cup melted butter in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mix and stir until moistened. Do not over mix; batter will be lumpy. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cornbread is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Homemade Cornbread

Ingredients 6 cups all-purpose flour 6 cups cornmeal 1 cup granulated sugar 2 cups buttermilk powder 1 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons baking soda 2 tablespoons baking powder Directions Mix all ingredients thoroughly together. To make cornbread For 2 1/2 cups of mix, stir together 2 beaten eggs, one cup water, and 1/4 cup melted butter in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mix and stir until moistened. Do not over mix; batter will be lumpy. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until the cornbread is golden and a toothpick inserted in the …

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Making Your Own Mixes

You can make your own mixes. It’s great to have mixes on hand for those busy days when you just don’t have time to cook. And we think there’s something to be said for making your own mixes, a sense of satisfaction and self-reliance. In this article, we’ll tell you how to make your own bread mixes, cornbread mix, pancake mix, and granola mix. We think every pantry should have a stock of mixes on hand and if you don’t want to buy them, consider making them. Here are some tips: • Store mixes in a cool, dry place. • …

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Corn and Swiss Bake

Next to potatoes, corn may be the most versatile vegetable. It works into so many casseroles and even bread. This recipe combines corn with Swiss cheese for a great side dish. Or if you prefer, serve this with a salad or your favorite bread for a light lunch. With the variations, you can make a breakfast casserole with this dish or add meat for a more traditional main dish. Corn and Swiss Bake Recipe This recipe is unusual but a real winner. It’s a creamy corn and cheese casserole. It has enough protein in it to work as a main …

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New England Maple and Blueberry Cornbread

This is Yankee cornbread. In the north, bakers tend to add more sweeteners to their cornbread than Southern cornbread which has little or no sugar. This recipe is not only sweetened but sweetened with pure maple syrup. The recipe calls for blueberries but raspberries or cranberries would be good also. We made this recipe in a nine-inch cake pan. You may choose to make muffins or make it in a skillet. If you make muffins, increase the heat to 425 degrees and bake the muffins for ten minutes or so. (The higher heat will help the muffins dome a little …

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Texas Chili Corn Bread

This recipe was adapted from Baking in America by Greg Patent. (We recommend this book.) For our version of this recipe, we usedchiles instead of jalapenos, red bell pepper instead of pimentos, and garlic powder instead of clove garlic but feel free to experiment. 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped and diced 1/2medium sized onion, chopped and diced 1/4teaspoon garlic powder 1 4-oz can diced green chiles, drained (less if you prefer a less spicy bread) 1 cup corn kernels–fresh, frozen, …

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