This Easy Homemade Cornbread is tender, moist and super flavorful. It’s made with just a few ingredients and can be baked in a cast-iron skillet, baking dish or even muffin tins.
The Best Homemade Cornbread
We love using this Easy Homemade Cornbread recipe year-round. Warm cornbread is a simple and delicious side to any soup or salad, and a family favorite whenever we barbecue.
How to Make Your Own Cornmeal
A great way to make your own cornmeal is to grind popcorn. Yes, the same stuff you use to air pop! I discovered this a few years back and it was a game-changer.
You’ll need a wheat grinder, and you’ll want to be sure and double-check the ratings to be sure you can grind cornmeal in it. Some wheat grinders will gum up if you try to grind anything other than hard white wheat. Once you get the green light, just follow the instructions in your grinder’s manual and voila - freshly ground cornmeal!
I happened to have an old Magic Mill that my Mom used for 20 years before passing along to me. I’ve had it now for 15 years and it is still plugging away.
Storing Fresh Cornmeal
Cornmeal is best stored frozen so that it stays fresh longer. I like to put any extra cornmeal into freezer bags and store it that way for up to 3 months.
Ingredients in Easy Homemade Cornbread
- Cornmeal - either grind your own or purchase preground cornmeal at the store. You can choose whether you prefer coarse or finely ground.
- Flour - you can use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
- Sugar - regular granulated sugar.
- Baking Powder - this helps the cornbread to rise slightly and keeps it nice and tender.
- Milk - it’s best if you are able to use either whole milk or 2%.
- Butter - either salted or unsalted butter will work.
- Egg - any type of large egg will work.
How to Make Easy Homemade Cornbread
- Mix the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix well.
- Mix the dry ingredients. In another bowl, combine the milk, melted butter and egg and whisk together until the egg is beaten.
- Combine. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a spatula, just until combined. The batter should be just a little lumpy.
- Bake. Pour cornbread batter into a greased 8" x 8" baking dish (or 12 greased muffin tins). Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Serve. Pull from the oven and let cool slightly, then serve warm with butter. Enjoy!
- Room Temperature: if wrapped well in foil, or placed into an airtight container, Easy Homemade Cornbread will stay fresh for up to 2 days at room temperature.
- Refrigerator: to store for a bit longer, wrap leftover cornbread in foil or transfer to an airtight container and store for up to 1 week in the fridge.
- Freezer: cornbread may be frozen for up to 2 months as long as it is wrapped well and transferred to freezer bags, or another airtight container.
Easy Homemade Cornbread Recipe
- 1 ¼ cups Cornmeal
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Milk
- ¼ cup Butter melted
- 1 large Egg
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix well.
- In another bowl, combine the milk, melted butter and egg and whisk together until the egg is beaten.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a spatula, just until combined. The batter should be just a little lumpy.
- Pour cornbread batter into a greased 8" x 8" baking dish (or 12 greased muffin tins).
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Pull from the oven and let cool slightly, then serve warm with butter. Enjoy!
Here are some other homemade baked goods you'll love:
- Rustic Cheddar Cheese Bread
- Homemade Banana Bread
- Double Chocolate Banana Bread
- Ham and Cheese Cornbread Muffins
- Garlic Pull-Apart Bread
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- More Quick Bread Recipes
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This Easy Homemade Cornbread is a simple and delicious side to any soup or salad, and a family favorite when we barbecue. It's tender, moist, super flavorful and made with just a few simple ingredients.