How to make cornbread in your bread machine!
Most of you would recall from your childhood that if your mom ever baked cornbread, it appeared more like a cake than regular bread. Most bread machines with a cake setting may also bake delicious corn bread.
Making bread from scratch is actually much easier than you think, and it’s even more fun when you have a bread machine to help. This article contains instructions on how to make cornbread in your bread machine.
What is Cornmeal?
I’d always seen cornbread, but I didn’t know much about the substance itself. So, when I began producing my own cornmeal bread, I did a little research on the primary ingredients. Cornmeal is a coarse flour made from grinding dried corn.
The kernel of dent corn is used to make processed/commercial cornmeal, which is usually made from yellow or white dent corn, a type of field corn known for its dented kernels. Yellow dent corn is the most common form of maize available in the United States.
We frequently receive yellow cornmeal that has been ground in a steel mill; while it increases corn shelf-stability, the husk and germ have been completely eliminated, making it less nutritious.
If you’re searching for a healthier alternative, whole-grain cornmeal is the way to go. It’s finer since it’s stone ground.
If you want to relive your childhood and eat corn bread, pick up a bread machine with a pre-programmed cake setting and get started.
We are using a Zojirushi bread machine, but any bread machine would work as long as it has cake settings on it. Although Zojirushi suggests using a mix, we want to keep this thing healthy and original, so we are doing the raw, traditional and authentic way.
Can you make Corn Bread in a Bread Machine?
Before we get started, I’d like to tell you that this bread doesn’t need yeast. Instead, it uses baking powder as a leavening agent. Because the age of the baking powder will have a big impact on how your bread rises, be sure it isn’t too old.
Basic Cornbread Recipe
The following recipe will yield one loaf of bread.
- 1 cup of milk
- One cup of cornmeal
- 1 ¼ cup bread flour
- ¼ cup of sugar
- ¼ melted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs – lightly beaten
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- If you’re new to bread machines, the instruction booklet should walk you through setting up everything.
- Select the basic bread recipe that you like. If you’re using a bread maker, select the cake setting and choose light crust (if available). Alternatively, if you have a quick bread setting, it works well as well.
- Remove the bread from the toaster and, once it’s golden brown, transfer it to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut it into slices after it has cooled down. It tastes great on its own or with chili, grilled meat of any sort—ribs are fantastic—roasted chicken or pork, stews and soups
- If you want to keep your cornbread, cut it into slices and freeze the extra bread. If you want to eat it again, toast it in the oven, which will thaw and then cook the cornbread at the same time, keeping it from becoming soggy.
Cornbread can be a tricky recipe to do well. However, as long as you have a decent breadmaker and the proper recipe, it doesn’t have to be difficult at all. All you need now is a good bread machine and your simple ingredients!