Cornbread is a popular staple in North American cuisine and is enjoyed across all cultures in the country. It is classified as a quick bread, which are breads that are made without yeast. Its versatile flavor makes it easy to serve with many types of dishes. It can also be flavored with a range of ingredients. Learn how to make cornbread to serve with your favorite sweet and salty dishes.
What is Cornbread Made of?
Cornbread is made with ingredients similar to bread, except it requires cornmeal. Some say that the secret to an awesome cornbread is in the cornmeal. They might be correct at a certain point. However, I also believe that the other ingredients play an important role. It is usually leavened using baking powder instead of yeast. Most cooks also add sweetening agents like sugar and honey. The result is a sweet-tasting quick bread that tastes great with everything from coffee to chili. You can use it as bread for stews and meat stuffing, or crumble to add to puddings and custards.
Health Benefits of Cornbread
Corn meal is a type of whole-grain food, which means it carries a high amount of fiber. To be specific, cornbread is a source of insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber does not break down in the body. Because of this, it helps to normal irregular bowel movements and to firm up loose stools.
Cornbread is also considered to be a reliable source of phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. All these minerals are essential for dental, bone and muscle health. Additional nutrients include iron, folic acid and vitamin B to aid immunity against illnesses. To increase nutritional value, learn how to make cornbread with healthier ingredients.
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ¼ cup sugar, white
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 cup half and half
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 whole eggs, beaten
- In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients: corn meal, flour, baking powder and salt. In another separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: sugar, honey, half and half, butter and eggs.
- Pour the wet mixture into the dry, flour mixture. Mix only until the flour is moist, not more than 15 seconds. The resulting batter should be moist and lumpy.
- Pour the batter into a greased baking pan. Bake at 400 F for half an hour or until you can insert a chopstick or toothpick in the cornbread and it comes out clean. Serve.
Tips and Tricks on How to Make Cornbread
With cornbread, getting the mixing right is very important. Don’t mix the batter like you would with other baked goods. The goal is to moisten the flour. Once that is done, bake it immediately.
Cornbread is a nutritious addition to your menu. Not only is it rich with minerals and vitamins, it can be served with breakfast, soups, chili, stews, custards and many other foods. Enjoy.
Aside from the cornbread recipe shared above, also have some cornbread recipes that you can try.
Buttermilk cornbread – this type of cornbread is made using buttermilk. It is good and I like to have it with smoked ribs.
Simple Cornbread – this quick and easy version can be enjoyed anytime. I enjoy having this for breakfast with a cup of fresh brewed coffee.
Cornbread muffins – roast chicken and barbecue chicken will be more enjoyable if you have this on this side. I also made use of whole kernel corn for this cornbread recipe. I think that this is fantastic.