Gluten Free Cornbread recipe is a lightly sweet, southern-style cornbread with a lighter, cakelike texture. Only a few simple ingredients are required to enjoy a cornbread so good no one will realize it's gluten free!
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Liberally grease an 10" iron skillet or 8X8 baking pan with about 1/2 tablespoon butter. Place pan on the middle rack while the oven preheats.
In a large bowl whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Push dry ingredients to the sides of the bowl, so you have a well in the middle. Add milk and eggs to the well and stir to combine.
Add melted butter and combine thoroughly. Let the batter rest for 5-10 minutes at room temperature.
Remove hot pan from the oven and pour in batter. Smooth the top evenly and place back in oven. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway through. If not baking in a cast iron skillet, it may take a few extra minutes to bake. Check with a toothpick inserted in the middle to come out clean.
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Frequently asked questions:
Can I make muffins?
Yes. To make a gluten free cornbread muffin recipe line a muffin tin with liners. Fill each cup 2/3 fill and bake at 400ºF for 15-20 minutes.
How to make dairy free cornbread
Even though this recipe for gluten free cornbread uses butter and milk, you can still make it dairy free! Substitute a dairy free milk, such as almond milk, and use dairy free butter. Alternatively, replace the butter with an equal amount of vegetable oil or coconut oil.
Why let the batter rest before baking?
Letting the cornbread batter rest for 5-10 minutes before baking allows time for the baking powder to activate, helps the rise, and gives time to hydrate the starches so the cornbread stays moist.
What else can I add to cornbread?
Add minced fresh jalapenos, diced green chiles, cheddar cheese, or try Bacon Cornbread!
How to store
Once it has completely cooled store in an airtight container up to 2 days at room temperature.For optimal freshness, I freeze any gluten free baked goods leftovers right away since they don't stay fresh as long. Wrap individual slices in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe container up to 3 months.