Cornbread is a staple food of countless families, but making it from scratch every time can be a bit of a hassle. Why not make a big batch of it in bulk to have some ready-made cornbread mix on hand for any occasion?
Table of Contents
- Homemade Cornbread Mix
- Homemade Cornbread Mix Ingredients
- How To Make Homemade Cornbread Mix
- How Best To Store Your Homemade Cornbread Mix
- What Grind Of Cornmeal Should You Choose For This Cornbread Mix
- How Could You Add Some Extra Flavor To This Cornbread Mix?
- Do You Need To Put Sugar In Your Cornbread Mix?
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- Homemade Cornbread Mix Recipe
Homemade Cornbread Mix
Cornbread is basically the ultimate starchy staple; nourishing, filling, and easy to make, it goes with almost anything.
Capable of being savory or sweet, a side dish or a dessert, depending on how much sweetness you include, cornbread is a cornerstone of the North American diet for a good reason.
However, instead of having to mix up some fresh cornbread batter every single time, why not try and make it in bulk? You can make a huge batch of this helpful cornbread mix, store it and then have ready-mixed cornbread ready to go!
Homemade Cornbread Mix Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Cornmeal (fine or medium grind)
• All-purpose flour
• Baking powder
• White sugar
How To Make Homemade Cornbread Mix
• Whisk together all of the ingredients
• Keep stored in a large lidded container or sealed plastic bag in the cupboard at room temperature
• To substitute for Jiffy, use one cup and 2 tablespoons of the mixture in place of one box of Jiffy
How Best To Store Your Homemade Cornbread Mix
This cornbread mix is nothing more than some cornmeal, flavorings, and leavening agents, and it doesn’t have any liquids in it or fat that would make it go off, so it is a great thing to store for a really long time.
The best way to store it over a long period is to keep it inside of a plastic bag or a lidded container, so long as you ensure that it is completely free of any air left inside.
This can be pretty hard to do with a lidded container, so a good trick might be to keep it in a plastic bag, press the air completely out of it, and then store that bag in a lidded container. This ensures that absolutely no air is in contact with the mix, helping to keep it fresh for as long as possible.
What Grind Of Cornmeal Should You Choose For This Cornbread Mix
It is a topic of fierce debate in many culinary circles as to the best grind of cornmeal to use for cornbread.
Southern chefs will usually tell you that you can only get medium, or even coarse, cornmeal for it to be considered a true cornbread.
Northern Yankee chefs, meanwhile, will insist that fine cornmeal is perfectly fine, as it creates a gentler, more consistent texture.
Ultimately, the choice of the cornmeal grind you use is your choice, and you should choose whatever type you like best.
Finely ground cornmeal cooks a tiny bit faster, and it gives the finished cornbread a more consistent, even texture without any lumps or grittiness.
Medium or coarsely ground cornmeal, however, has a lot more irregularity when used to make cornbread, leading to a more crumbly, slightly crunchy texture.
There is no right answer – it’s just what you like best!
How Could You Add Some Extra Flavor To This Cornbread Mix?
This cornbread mix recipe is definitely on the simpler side, containing no real flavoring agents other than sugar and salt, but they are pretty much necessary to make the cornbread taste like anything.
This plainness is by design, however – by making a big batch of plainly flavored cornbread mix, you can then add flavor each time you make it.
This is perfect for those that don’t know if they are going always to want a sweet cornbread, or perhaps one that is a little bit spicier this time.
However, if you know that you always prefer spicier cornbread, or you know you want a particular kind of flavor every time you want to make cornbread, feel free just to add it to the mix!
Some cayenne pepper or a bit of cumin will add a big hit of flavor, and you really only need about a ¼ teaspoon of each per cup of cornbread mix to get some potent flavorings.
Do You Need To Put Sugar In Your Cornbread Mix?
This recipe calls for a little bit of white sugar to be added to the mix, which might seem a bit strange for those looking only ever to make savory cornbreads.
However, while the sugar will, of course, give it a tiny bit of sweetness, the inclusion of sugar is really more about adding the capacity for browning rather than any kind of sweetness.
A little bit of sugar is a great thing to add to all kinds of recipes – if you just use a little, you can increase the recipe’s ability to brown and turn deliciously crispy when cooked.
Plus, a tiny amount of sweetness works really well to help balance the corn and the savory flavors in any cornbread.
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Homemade Cornbread Mix
- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- 8 boxes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 4 cups cornmeal fine or medium grind
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup baking powder
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- Whisk together all of the ingredients. Keep stored in a large lidded container or sealed plastic bag in the cupboard at room temperature.
- To substitute for Jiffy, use one cup and 2 tablespoons of the mixture in place of one box of Jiffy!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.