How to make homemade cornbread


Cornbread is a classic dish that has been savored since the days of the old South. This savory dish is easy to make in your own home kitchen and you can find all of the ingredients you need in your local supermarket.

The ingredients for homemade cornbread include:

  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

All of these ingredients come together to create a delicious and comforting treat that’s sure to please everyone.


Cornmeal is one of the key ingredients in traditional cornbread that gives it its distinctive flavor and texture. It is made from dried, ground corn and comes in three main forms: coarse, medium, and fine.

Coarse-ground or stone-ground cornmeal will give your finished product a distinctly grainy texture with a rich, nutty flavor; while fine-ground or degerminated cornmeal produces the light and fluffier style of cornbread often seen in the southern United States. Depending on where you live, white or yellow cornmeal can be used to make your homemade cornbread.

Add the right amount of ingredients to make your perfect batches – each type of cornmeal will require different liquid amounts as well as varying baking times:

  • Coarse-ground: higher liquid amounts and longer baking times.
  • Medium-ground: medium liquid amounts and medium baking times.
  • Fine-ground: lower liquid amounts and shorter baking times.


When it comes to cornbread, flour is an important ingredient. You may choose to use all-purpose wheat flour, or you may opt for a more flavorful variety such as white cornmeal, yellow cornmeal, or even masa harina (used for making Mexican-style dishes). For each cup of flour used in the recipe, aim for 1 tablespoon of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt. Additionally, you may want to add a few tablespoons of sugar or honey depending on the desired sweetness. For an even richer flavor, try adding 2 tablespoons melted butter to the mix.

Different types and brands of flour have different moisture levels so if your batter seems dry after adding all ingredients feel free to add a few tablespoons of water.

Baking powder

Baking powder is a key ingredient in creating the rise, texture, and flavor of your cornbread. It’s composed of a mixture of baking soda, an acid (usually cream of tartar), and an inert starch such as cornstarch, to keep them from reacting until they are exposed to moisture in the batter or dough.

Baking powder has two leavening steps when incorporated into a recipe:

  • First, as soon as it comes into contact with moisture it starts to release carbon dioxide gas bubbles that cause the batter or dough to expand in size.
  • Secondly, when exposed to heat in the oven these bubbles become larger and expand further helping create air pockets that make baking products light and fluffy.

This is why its important to incorporate ingredients thoroughly but gently into a recipe so those air bubbles created by the baking powder are not destroyed.

Depending on other ingredients used in the recipe and how much liquid is present it’s possible for more than one type of leavener (including yeast) to be used. In recipes like cornbread where un-risen quick breads are desired usually just one type works best; usually baking powder since it is affected by both an acidic liquid ingredient plus moisture from either that same liquid or another source like eggs or yogurt. By controlling these two different factors you can regulate how much reaction occurs meaning f he amount of rise or fluffiness you have in your finished product can be adjusted accordingly!


Salt is an important ingredient in most recipes, not just cornbread. Proper seasoning with salt enhances the flavor of both savory and sweet dishes. In cornbread, salt might be the only ingredient that provides lingering flavor after baking.

In this recipe, use enough salt to help bring out the sweetness of the cornmeal and eggs but not enough to make it too salty or salty-tasting. An interesting additional ingredient may also be added for even more depth of flavor such as smoked paprika, garlic powder or grated cheese. The amount of salt should depend on your personal preference but usually 1/2 to 1 teaspoon is used in most cornbread recipes.


Butter (or a suitable dairy-free alternative) is a primary ingredient in traditional cornbread recipes. Not only does it make the bread moist and give it flavor, it also helps to create a crisp crust. When butter is melted for use in recipes, the milk solids can become incorporated into the recipe, allowing them to brown and create a crispier crust. This makes butter an important ingredient when baking cornbread.

Depending on your desired end result, you may want to use cold cubed butter or melt some before incorporating it into the batter.


Milk is an essential ingredient for cornbread. Not only does it add moisture to the bread, but it also helps to create a soft, fluffy texture that can’t be beat. You can use any type of milk you like, such as skim, 1%, 2% or whole milk.

For an even richer flavor and texture, try using buttermilk instead of regular milk. You may also use almond or soy milk if desired.


Making homemade cornbread is a simple process that requires only a few ingredients. All you need is some cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and butter. You may also want to add some ingredients for flavour such as jalapeños, cheese, or honey.

With these few ingredients, you can make a delicious and fluffy cornbread in no time. Let’s get into the instructions for making the cornbread:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Before embarking on a journey to cornbread making success, be sure to preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. This is an important step that should not be ignored or skipped over. It will provide the necessary heat for baking your cornbread. A preheated oven allows for proper baking and a golden crusted texture that gives the perfect base for your desired cornbread outcome. Doing so will ultimately ensure a warm and delicious result that everyone can enjoy!

Mix together cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt

The first step to making delicious and perfect cornbread is to mix together the dry ingredients. Start by combining the cornmeal, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Once the dry ingredients are well combined, set aside until ready to use.

Before you add any additional ingredients, preheat your oven and prepare a 9×13 inch baking pan by spraying it lightly with cooking spray.

Cut in butter

Cutting in butter is an essential step for making homemade cornbread. This cooking technique helps create a delicate crumb with wonderful taste and texture. To cut in butter, you will need to use cold butter and a pastry blender, two forks or a mixer.

Begin by heating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Then take out the chilled butter and cut it into cubes. Place the cubed butter in the bowl of your mixer or onto the counter top if you are using a pastry cutter or two forks. Sprinkle some all-purpose flour over the cubes to coat them lightly before using a fork, pastry blender or mixer on low speed to incorporate them together until you achieve pea-sized pieces of butter dispersed throughout the mixture. The goal of this step is to evenly distribute small lumps of fat throughout your dry ingredients, which will add moisture, airiness, flakiness and flavor to your homemade cornbread. Transfer this mixture back into your mixing bowl before moving on to mix in wet ingredients.

Stir in milk

When the dry ingredients have been completely combined, gradually add in 1 cup of milk while stirring with a spatula. It’s important not to add all the milk at once, as this can create clumps in the batter. Instead, slowly incorporate the milk until all of it has been added and the batter is a thick, smooth consistency. Keep stirring until all of the ingredients are well combined and the batter is no longer lumpy, about 2 minutes. At this point, your cornbread mix is ready to be cooked!

Grease a baking dish

Before you can put the ingredients together, you need to take a few simple steps to prepare your baking dish.

  • First, lightly grease a 8” x 8” or 9” x 13” pan with butter or cooking spray. This will help ensure that nothing sticks and makes it easier to remove the cornbread when it is finished.
  • Make sure to get all corners and edges of the pan lightly coated with butter or spray so that none of the cornbread gets stuck when it comes out.

Once your baking dish is prepared, you are ready to begin combining ingredients for the homemade cornbread.

Pour the batter into the baking dish

Once the cornbread batter is ready, preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease your baking dish with butter or cooking spray and set aside. Pour the batter into the baking dish and use a rubber spatula to spread it evenly. Place the baking dish in the center of the oven and bake for 25–30 minutes, until golden-brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool before slicing and serving with your favorite accompaniment.


Baking can be a fun and creative activity, and it’s a great way to explore the science and artistry of food. Making homemade cornbread is a classic recipe that is sure to please everyone. Baking cornbread can be a fun and simple task that involves basic ingredients and techniques.

Let’s get into the specifics of how to make homemade cornbread:

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes

Once the cornbread batter has been prepared, pour it into a lightly greased baking pan and spread out evenly. Place the baking pan on the middle rack of a preheated oven at 375°F. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

For extra flavor, you can add diced jalapenos or garlic to the mix. To make the crust of your cornbread extra crunchy, sprinkle some coarsely ground cornmeal over top before baking. Be sure to keep an eye on your cornbread during baking as oven times and temperatures can vary.

Insert a knife and check if it comes out clean

When your cornbread has finished baking, use a knife or a toothpick to insert it into the center. When the knife or toothpick comes out clean, that means that you have properly cooked your cornbread and it is safe to take out of the oven. Be sure to not overbake your cornbread; if you do so, it can become dry and crumbly.

If you are unsure if your cornbread is done all the way through, allow a few minutes for it to cool and test it again with a knife or toothpick. If there is still raw batter on the knife after inserting it once again into the center, finish baking for an additional five minutes before checking again.


When it comes to serving homemade cornbread, you have several options to choose from. You can serve it alongside a hearty soup or as a side dish to a main meal. You can also drizzle it with some honey or butter to make it even more delicious.

In this article, we’ll explain all the different ways you can serve your cornbread:

Let cool for 10 minutes

After your cornbread has finished baking and the edges look to be slightly golden, it is important to let it cool before taking it out of the pan. This process allows for easier slicing and also helps to ensure that the bread is not still runny inside.

Carefully remove the pan from the oven, using an oven mitt or towel to protect your hands from potential burns. Place the pan on a heat-safe surface or countertop and let it cool for about 10 minutes. You may notice some steam leaving your cornbread as you take it out of the oven – this is normal!

As you wait for your bread to finish cooling, gather any utensils or equipment you plan on using to serve or store your cornbread.

Cut into slices and serve warm

Once your cornbread has finished baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly before handling. To evenly cut slices, use a bread knife. Cut into squares or triangles and serve warm with butter or honey to give the bread added flavor. Enjoy your homemade cornbread as a tasty side dish to any meal!

If there are leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to four days. You can also freeze the bread for future uses – just be sure to double wrap in plastic wrap or store in a sealed freezer storage bag for food safety.