Make this small batch cornbread recipe for two in just a few easy steps. A warm slice of cornbread with beautiful golden brown and tender crumb is the perfect side dish with crispy pan-fried chicken or a hot bowl of easy small batch Chili recipe. I guess I’m a comfort food purist when it comes to my cornbread, I like it plain with a little butter, add honey and it becomes dessert!
Want something smaller? Check out this cornbread for one which is scaled for a 5-inch cast iron skillet and made with the same with simple ingredients.
This small batch recipe is my go-to for cornbread and it really does turn out every time. With a recipe so easy and tasty you will never buy a boxed mix again.
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Why make this recipe
Cornbread is so versatile and inexpensive, is the perfect choice with a hot bowl of chili or on its own with slathered in butter and drizzled in honey. Have a slice with my slow cooker cabbage, tasty green beans and potatoes or a rustic white bean stew.
Once you try my recipe I hope you agree this is the best cornbread recipe and the only one you need. If you like to cook in a slow cooker you might enjoy my small batch slow cooker cornbread recipe.
I’ve made this recipe in a cake tin, muffin tin, and glass pie plates, but it’s best made in the skillet. My sweet little 7-inch small cast iron skillet that is the perfect size for me and my hubby.
Keep these ingredients in your pantry and fridge because once you make this recipe it will be your favorite cornbread recipe.
- Cornmeal – Yellow Cornmeal is sweeter and has a stronger flavor than white cornmeal. The deeper flavor of the yellow cornmeal makes it perfect for cornbread.
- Flour – the perfect cornbread needs the right flour to cornmeal ratio and I found a 1:1 bakes up just perfect, it’s not too dense and not too cake-like.
- Sugar – Use a standard granulated sugar. A little sugar makes a slightly sweet cornbread so if you prefer less sweet you can reduce the sugar to your personal taste.
- Butter – Use salted butter.
- Egg – The egg makes the cornbread light and fluffy.
- Baking Powder – Nothing fancy, just make sure it’s fresh
- Salt – Use standard table salt
- Milk – I use whole milk, but 2% is also okay to use. Sometimes I use buttermilk as a homage to dear old Mom.
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium bowl mix together all the dry ingredients with a whisk ( love my dough blender) or fork. Next, make a little indent in the middle of cornmeal mixture and add the wet ingredients; melted butter, beaten egg, and milk.
With a wooden spoon or dough, blender mix everything together, it only takes a few strokes to incorporate all the ingredients together. You should leave a few lumps in the batter, you don’t want a smooth consistency.
Pour the batter into a lightly greased and hot skillet( be careful and use mitts) You can melt the butter on the stove to heat up the skillet. Place in the center of the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Use a cake tester or toothpick to test for doneness.
Growing up my parents had a 10-inch Lodge skillet that was always on the stovetop or stored away inside the oven. Everything from morning bacon and fried eggs to sizzling hamburger was made in that cast-iron skillet. And the cornbread, oh the cornbread was so good!
- Remember to test your oven temperature using an oven thermometer like the one I use from CDN. Also always use an oven mitt when removing the skillet from the oven.
- If you have any leftover cornbread wrap it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store on the counter for 1-2 days.
- You can also make cornbread muffins with this recipe, just bake in a muffin pan.
Let me know if this isn’t the best and easiest homemade cornbread recipe you’ve made.
Well, If you are all out of milk, you could substitute water, but you need to add a little extra butter to make sure your cornbread turns out soft and moist. My advice is to stick with milk. Better to keep a small package of Horizion, or other shelf-stable milk product that doesn’t need refrigeration stored in your pantry for a milk emergency.
Yes, however, don’t use the cast iron skillet in your toaster oven, instead, pour the batter into a 6-inch cake pan or small loaf pan.
While it’s shelf-stable and has a long shelf life, cornmeal can go bad if it’s not stored properly. Cornmeal should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. If it’s exposed to too much moisture or heat, it will start to spoil. Keep out of warm damp conditions to avoid mold.
Once opened store in a Ziploc bag and place it inside an airtight container. Cornmeal can also be placed in an airtight container and stored in the freezer.
Cornmeal has a shelf life of up to two years when properly stored. However, its flavor and nutritional value will start to diminish after about one year.
If your cornmeal has gone bad, you’ll notice that it has a musty smell and/or a sour taste. If it’s been stored improperly, it may also be covered in mold. If you notice any of these signs, discard the cornmeal immediately.
The color of the cornmeal is based on the color of the corn kernel. Both types of cornmeal are equally nutritious and taste the same.
Easy Small Batch Cornbread Recipe
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup yellow cornmeal
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 -3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup milk
- Lightly butter a 6-inch round cake pan or 6-7 inch cast iron skillet and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add your butter, milk, and egg. Stir just until the ingredients are combined with only a few lumps remaining.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until the top begins to turn a golden brown. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or cake tester into the center and it comes out clean.
- Preheat Your Pan: Preheat your cast iron skillet or baking dish in the oven before pouring in the cornbread batter. This helps create a crispy, golden brown crust on the bottom of the cornbread.
- Don’t Overmix the Batter: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, be careful not to overmix. Overmixing can lead to a tough and dense cornbread. Stir the ingredients until they are just combined.