Spicy Cranberry Cornbread

This image courtesy of Celine Steen

A wee bit sweet, a wee bit spicy, and all very savory, this cornbread has the perfect crust thanks to the hot cast-iron skillet. Cornmeal is packed with nutrients, minerals, and amino acids. Plus, it tastes great! Start with this recipe, then tweak it to your taste, Double the scallions. jalapenos, or cranberries to make it your own.

NotesCornmeal, corn flour, and cornstarch: Cornmeal comes in various grinds. We prefer to use fine in quick breads, but keep the coarse on hand for other uses. Coarse cornmeal brings a more toothsome crunch along with the sweet undercurrent cornmeal is known for, while corn flour introduces a cakelike texture to baked goods. This flour has no gluten and should be used with other flours for better structure.

Cornstarch is a thickening agent and binder made from ground corn. As with all ingredients, we strongly recommend you purchase the non-genetically modified kind.

6 servings

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

Recipe Courseside dish, snack

Mealbrunch, dinner, snack

Type of Dishbread, corn bread, quickbreads


  • 1½ cups (355 ml) unsweetened plain vegan milk, more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 60 g (½ cup) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 18 g (3 tablespoons) minced scallion
  • 18 g (2 tablespoons) minced jalapeno pepper
  • 15 g (2 tablespoons) dried sweetened cranberries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) neutral-flavored oil
  • 120 g (1 cup) whole wheat pastry flour
  • 60 g (½ cup) corn flour (see Notes)
  • 88 g (½ cup plus 2 tablespoons) coarsely ground cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 g (1 tablespoon) baking powder
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Put an 8-inch (20 cm) cast-iron skillet in the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C, or gas mark 6).

  2. Combine the milk and vinegar in a medium-size bowl: The mixture will curdle and become like buttermilk. Stir in the applesauce, syrup, scallion, jalapeno. cranberries. and oil.

  3. Combine the flours, cornmeal, salt, pepper, and baking powder in a second medium-size bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined, but do not over mix. If the mixture is too dry, add additional milk 1 tablespoon (15 ml) at a time as needed. The mixture should be pourable.

  4. Carefully take the skillet out of the oven and coat it with cooking spray. Pour the cornbread batter into the skillet and put it back in the oven. Bake for 33 to 38 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly before serving.


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