Gluten-Free Black Pepper Cornbread

Gluten-Free Black Pepper Cornbread
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Gluten-Free Black Pepper Cornbread
Rachel Willen

Gluten-Free Black Pepper Cornbread

Making your own cornbread at home is easy, and substituting cornmeal for the usual all-purpose flour makes this recipe gluten-free, too. For best results, use a cast-iron pan when making this recipe. Enjoy!

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8
Servings
197
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Note: If making this to eat as a bread, you can add any number of things to enhance this basic cornbread. For example:

  1. Add a small can of corn kernels (or a cup of frozen) to the wet ingredients. Combine.
  2. Eliminate the pepper and add fruit like blueberries, cranberries, and/or strawberries, but distribute them evenly over the batter after you've poured it into the skillet, and triple or quadruple the sugar content for a sweeter bread.
  3. Add savory ingredients like Cheddar cheese and jalapeños, or rosemary and Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, or anything else you can imagine!

Ingredients

  • Canola oil, for greasing the pan
  • 2 Cups stone-ground (or fine- to medium-ground) cornmeal
  • 1 Cup corn flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • 2 large eggs, beaten lightly
  • 2 Cups buttermilk (or 1 cup plain milk mixed with 1 cup plain yogurt)
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon at room temperature

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.


Place a rack in the middle of the oven. Using canola oil, lightly grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet and place it in the oven. (A 9-inch round cake pan or similar size rectangular pan can be used.)


In a bowl, whisk the cornmeal with the corn flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, and pepper. In another bowl whisk the eggs, buttermilk, sour cream, and melted butter, then fold into the dry ingredients until fully combined.


Remove the hot skillet from the oven. Working quickly so that the pan does not cool off, drop 1 tablespoon of butter into the pan and swirl it to coat the sides. Pour the batter into the skillet and return it to the oven, middle rack.


Bake the cornbread until golden brown and firm to the touch, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, for about 35 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving or cutting into cubes for the dressing. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
41mg
14%
Carbohydrate, by difference
18g
14%
Protein
14g
30%
Vitamin A, RAE
26µg
4%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
100mg
10%
Choline, total
47mg
11%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
6µg
0%
Folate, total
16µg
4%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
31mg
10%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
196mg
28%
Selenium, Se
15µg
27%
Sodium, Na
126mg
8%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
105g
4%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

Cornbread Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Cornbread Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.