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Easy basic cornbread in a square metal pan
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5 from 4 votes

Easy Basic Cornbread

One of my favorite comfort food side dishes. This easy basic cornbread comes together in minutes and start to finish is ready in about an hour. Spread butter and honey on it, eat it with chili, etc.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Cooling Time15 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: savory, soft, sweet
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Hand mixer
  • 8x8 baking pan or cast iron pan
  • Spatula
  • Bowls
  • Shortening
  • whisk or wooden spoon


  • 1/4 cup of melted unsalted butter 57g
  • 1 cup of milk 240ml
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar 50g
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt 2 g
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour 120g
  • 1 Tbsp. of baking powder 12g
  • 1 1/4 cup of cornmeal 150g


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F/205 C. With main rack in the middle position. Melt the butter and place it in a large bowl. Then add the milk and egg and mix together.
  • Next, add the rest of the ingredients, the sugar, salt, flour, baking powder, and cornmeal. If you want your cornbread to be sweeter add 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 1/4 cup of sugar. For less sweet only do 2 tbsp of sugar. Mix until all combined, scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Grease an 8x8 inch baking pan or cast-iron skillet with shortening or with cooking spray.
  • Spread the batter out evenly in the pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the sides are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the middle.
  • Allow the cornbread to cool for about 15 minutes or so, and then slice it and serve. Enjoy!



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Calories: 224kcal