Sometimes we are busy, and just grab a package of saltines to go with our soup or chili, when what we really want is an easy buttery, moist and hearty cornbread to go with it instead! Now what if you had a recipe that was easy and “Just Dump It in the Bowl!”
Plus it was yummier than the box?
And didn’t require any ingredients other than what you already and usually have sitting on your pantry shelves or in you frig?
In our busy lives, we tend to grab, do what is easiest. Saltines—or nothing—are definitely the easiest. The next easiest is to buy a box of cornbread mix, but with its additives and just boring blah. Now once you try this, you will keep the cornmeal on hand along with a can of whole kernel corn to add to it. The rest of the ingredients are ones we usually use anyway, so these two items can sit on your shelf waiting for their chance to make your meal complete and more satisfying. And you won’t believe how good this is!
I easily recall how busy I was when working full-time and raising kiddos. I would come home from work and immediately start supper and helping my two daughters’ with their homework. I had no time for a complicated or time-consuming recipe. It had to be one where any steps were a one, two, three, and you are done. No time for any pondering. My two dear daughters needed my attention as they sat around the kitchen table dutifully attacking their homework.
That is one reason I love this particular recipe. With a box mix, you do a “dump it all into the bowl”, and the same is true with this one. And the difference with what I did with the box mix and this recipe, is basically just three ingredients. Do you see that? Just THREE ingredients! Well, four if you count salt—now don’t tell me you are going to include salt in on the count…
What I did before using a Box Mix
To make a fair comparison, I will tell you what I used to add in with the Box Mix: the directions said to dump in the flour/cornmeal mix, and add oil, eggs, and milk.
I chose to also add sugar and a drained can of corn for added yumminess.
Now what are those three extra ingredients in this cornbread recipe that could stop you and your family from enjoying the best easy, buttery, moist and hearty cornbread you have ever had?
What I do now–additions and 1 substitution–
- Cornmeal, since this is about cornbread
- Baking powder and
- Baking soda.
Yes flour is a necessary component, but I’m not “adding ” that in as it’s expected as part of a bread recipe.
Plus I substitute butter for the oil. Butter makes everything better, right? I still add the sugar and the can of whole kernel corn, since I previously found they added a lot of yummy.
So that’s all, except for the last very important thing in the Cornbread Tips list below, please read on.
- Butter adds richness.
- Flour and whole eggs provide necessary structure in the crumb.
- Baking powder provides leavening.
- Baking soda gives you a golden brown crust and a roasted corn aroma.
- To avoid under- or over-baking the cornbread since ovens vary, measure the cornbread’s core temperature with a digital thermometer for an internal temperature of 194 degrees F. or 90 degrees C.
And that is all folks—that is all that is different, but it makes a huge difference in the finished product. So please try this instead of a box mix, and I know you will be surprised at how easy it is, and delicious!
1½ cups cornmeal ½ cup all-purpose pre-sifted unbleached flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon sugar, rounded 1 teaspoon salt, scant ½ teaspoon baking soda 6 tablespoons butter 1½ cups milk 2 eggs, beaten 1-15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained Nutrition Information Try out our Buttery Moist and Hearty Cornbread Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Easy Buttery Moist and Hearty Cornbread
Saturated fat: 6.8g
Unsaturated fat: 4.1g
1½ cups cornmeal
½ cup all-purpose pre-sifted unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar, rounded
1 teaspoon salt, scant
½ teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons butter
1½ cups milk
2 eggs, beaten
1-15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
Try out our Buttery Moist and Hearty Cornbread Recipe and post your results below in the comments…