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Easy Homemade Cornbread (+Video)

Easy Homemade Cornbread

Golden brown on the outside and moist and buttery on the inside, cornbread is a favorite side item for just about any meal. Made from scratch, this easy cornbread recipe will become your new favorite. It’s quick, simple and outrageously delicious!

slice of cornbread with butter

Cornbread is classified as comfort food in this household, so it gets made often! It’s so simple to make and this recipe is an easy one that uses applesauce instead of any additional oil in the mix. Along with the butter, it’s a great way to keep the cornbread moist and scrumptious.

cornbread out of oven

Sure, you could buy a box mix, but why do that when you can make a homemade version that requires just 5 steps and common pantry ingredients? Plus, you know what’s going there and can keep things fresh, gluten-free and organic if that’s a concern for any dietary needs.

What type of cornmeal should I use?

Grind: I use the medium grind cornmeal because I like the texture. You can also use a fine grind, but you’ll get a less dense texture. Both work well for this recipe, so experiment to see which you prefer.

cornbread grind first step

Color: Again, this is preference. I typically reach for yellow cornmeal as opposed to white, just because I associate yellow with classic cornmeal. Honestly, it doesn’t matter — they both work fine and taste yummy!

cornbread step two add egg

Can I make cornbread muffins with this recipe?

Yes, you can! All you need to do is swap out your baking dish or pan with a muffin tin. Be sure and grease the muffin tin wells before adding the cornbread mixture.

step three add flour

Typically, muffins do not need to be cooked as long as cornbread in a pan. Because of this, check your muffins at around the 12-15 minute mark.. Insert a toothpick or sharp knife in the center of a muffin to test for doneness.

batter in pan

Variations and add-ins

This easy cornbread recipe is your standard, straightforward mix that’s awesome on its own. However if you’re making cornbread to go with a specific meal, you might want to jazz it up in the taste department. Here are a few suggestions:

cornbread out of oven

  • Cheese: stir in shredded cheddar cheese
  • Spicy: stir in diced jalapenos
  • Peppers: stir in diced green and/or red peppers
  • Corn: stir in corn kernels; fresh or canned (drained)
  • Onions: stir in scallions or chopped onion of your choice
  • Fruit: for a touch of sweetness, you can add in blueberries or chopped fresh strawberries

cornbread sliced with butter

How to serve cornbread

I like to serve cornbread with soup, stew, chili, and even as a substitute for bread with a hearty salad.  Cornbread also makes a great addition to holiday stuffing.

slice on plate close

One of my favorite ways to eat cornbread is straight out of a warm oven, slathered with butter and a drizzle of honey. I have to stop myself before I eat the whole pan! It’s equally delicious the next morning if I toasted it under the broiler with a little butter and then add my favorite jam or jelly to it.

slice from above

How to store cornbread

Any leftovers should be stored in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for 2-3 days. You can also freeze cornbread. Be sure and cut it into single-serve sections before freezing. Use parchment paper between pieces if layering to freeze.

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Thaw at room temperature before reheating. To reheat in the oven, wrap in foil and heat for 10 to 15 minutes at 350°F.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of butter

3/4 cup of applesauce

1 egg

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

slice side view

Instructions

  1. Start by beating together your sugar and butter.
  2. Add in applesauce and egg, beat until smooth.
  3. Add in flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Mix until batter forms, and all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Pour batter into a well-greased 8×8 baking dish.
  6. Bake at 375, for 25 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean.

close up shot of cornbread

Keep these ingredients on hand so that you can whip up this tasty cornbread anytime. Perfect as a side item with one-pot meals and equally delicious on its own, you’ll come back to this easy cornbread recipe again and again.

final cornbread slice

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slice of cornbread with butter
Yield: serves 6

Easy Homemade Cornbread

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Easy Homemade Cornbread

Golden brown on the outside and moist and buttery on the inside, cornbread is a favorite side item for just about any meal. Made from scratch, this easy cornbread recipe will become your new favorite. It’s quick, simple and outrageously delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Start by beating together your sugar and butter.
  2. Add in applesauce and egg, beat until smooth.
  3. Add in flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
  4. Mix until batter forms, and all ingredients are well combined. 
  5. Pour batter into a well-greased 8x8 baking dish.
  6. Bake at 375, for 25 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out clean. 
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 58mgSodium 331mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 2gSugar 21gProtein 4g

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Easy Homemade Cornbread Golden brown on the outside and moist and buttery on the inside, cornbread is a favorite side item for just about any meal. Made from scratch, this easy cornbread recipe will become your new favorite. It’s quick, simple and outrageously delicious! via @Mooreorlesscook

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Claudine Bratcher

Friday 2nd of July 2021

I've ever thought about adding applesauce to my cornbread! What a great idea. Although I'm from the south I always add sugar to my cornbread. I really get some negative remarks about it, but I just tell them, well, you've got two choices, 1, either eat it or 2, don't because that's the way I make it and I'm not changing the recipe! Lol! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Claudine in Fort Worth, TX

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