Basic Corn Bread

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together, game day

Recipe Coursestarch

Mealbrunch, dinner

Moodblue, stressed

Taste and Texturesavory

Type of Dishcorn bread


  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 1 cup sifted corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup cooking oil, melted vegetable shortening, or bacon drippings


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Sift flour, corn meal, baking powder, salt, and, if you like, sugar into a bowl; beat egg with milk and oil just to blend. Make a well in dry ingredients, pour in egg mixture, and stir until well blended.

  3. Pour into a well-greased 8” x 8” x 2” baking pan and bake 20-25 minutes until bread pulls slightly from edges of pan, is lightly browned and springy to the touch. Cut in large squares and serve oven-hot with lots of butter.


  5. Jalapeño Corn Bread: Mix batter as directed increasing baking powder to 3½ teaspoons and adding 1 cup grated Monterey Jack or sharp white Cheddar cheese, 1-2 (4-ounce) cans very well drained, chopped Jalapeno peppers or green chilies, ¼ cup minced yellow onion, and, if you like, ¼ cup crumbled crisply cooked bacon. Bake as recipe directs 25-30 minutes.

  6. Per serving (12-16): 130-115 C, 10-5 mg CH, 215-160 mg S*

  7. Corn Sticks (14 sticks): Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease corn stick pans, set in oven, and let heat while oven preheats. Mix batter as directed, spoon into hot pans, and bake 15-20 minutes until nicely browned and springy to the touch. Serve at once.

  8. Per Stick: 105 C, 20 mg en. 195 mg S*

  9. Corn Muffins (1 dozen): Preheat oven to 425°F. Mix batter as directed, spoon into greased muffin pans, filling each cup two thirds. Bake 15-20 minutes until lightly browned and springy to the touch. Serve hot.

  10. Per Muffin: 140 C, 25 mg CH, 260 mg S*


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