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Gluten-Free Cornbread

Gluten-Free Cornbread
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The world of gluten-free bread can be a grim place. Too often, the frozen loaves available at most supermarkets are a visual facsimile of real bread amounting to a flavorless, edible placeholder for sandwich fillings. I’ve learned this because a member of my household is experimenting with a gluten-free diet and we have been making our way through various brands of gluten-free bread, sandwich wraps, and bagels with little success.

Whenever you’re giving anything up—bread, dairy, bacon—sometimes it’s better to just leave it behind. Substitutes can disappoint. But there’s a wealth of great information out there in the many gluten-free cookbooks that have entered the market in the past five years. Meanwhile, we have found one type of bread that’s as good as any gluten-rich loaf, and that’s a simple cornbread made with two parts cornmeal and one part gluten-free baking mix, an ingredient you can now find in many supermarkets. I adapted it from the Southern-style cornbread in my book, The Apple Lover’s Cookbook, but made it just a bit sweeter for a northern audience. It’s delicious and lacks absolutely nothing. The flavor is sweet and nutty and the texture wonderfully tender. Served with butter and honey, it’s addictive.

This has inspired to me to further explore making my own gluten-free baked goods. I’m exploring cookbooks by Bette Hagman and Jeanne Sauvage.  Meantime, here’s the recipe.

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Gluten-Free Cornbread

Total time: 35 minutes

Hands-on time: 15 minutes

Makes: 1 loaf, 8 servings

Ingredients for Gluten-Free Cornbread

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 cup medium grind cornmeal, such as Kenyon Grist Mill or Bob’s Red Mill brands
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all-purpose baking mix, such as King Arthur or Arrowhead Mills brands
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil


Method for Gluten-Free Cornbread

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and set a rack to the bottom position. Put a 10-inch oven-safe skillet, preferably cast iron, in the oven to preheat as well.

2. In a microwave oven, melt the butter. Let it cool while you prep the batter. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, baking mix, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg, then add to the dry ingredients. Stir in the melted butter. Fold everything together until the mixture is evenly blended.

The batter, fully mixed The batter, fully mixed

3. Retrieve the pan from the oven and add the oil; swirl to coat the pan. Pour in the batter, transfer to the oven, and bake until the bread is golden brown around the edges and has pulled away from the sides, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.




Amy Traverso


Amy Traverso


Senior lifestyle editor Amy Traverso oversees Yankee's Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. Amy book, The Apple Lover's Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Follow !
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6 Responses to Gluten-Free Cornbread

  1. Ron Dufault January 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    can this recipe be made into muffins

    • Aimee Seavey January 31, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Hi Ron. We haven’t tested the recipe for muffins, but if you divide the batter evenly into greased muffin cups about 2/3 full, they should be ready in about 10-12 minutes. Keep an eye on them after 10 minutes to be sure. Thanks!

  2. Bonnie H February 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    If you live in western Rhode Island or Eastern Connecticut, you can also use Davis Farm’s famous white Corn Meal. The Davis family have grown the corn for this meal since the 1700’s.

  3. Jan March 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    I don’t have an oven-proof skillet. Would I have to do anything differently if I used a regular cake pan? Glass or metal — does it matter? Thank you

  4. Amy Traverso March 27, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Jan-

    Sure, a cake pan would be great! I’d use metal if you have it because it’ll get hotter and make a better crust. But you can certainly use glass if that’s all you have.

  5. Jan March 27, 2014 at 4:22 pm #


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