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100% Cornmeal Cornbread (gluten-free)

I have a weird relationship with baked goods. In the past I have eaten too many of them, which then displaced other nourishing foods like vegetables and proteins.

So then I went the other direction and completely cut out all grains. I could probably live with this if it weren’t for another odd relationship that I have with butter.

Butter is one of the many reasons I get out of bed with a smile on my face in the morning. It makes an appearance at almost every meal here. It is one of the driving forces behind my desire for a dairy animal. And it may or may not have given me an easy childbirth this last time around.

Say what? I know it sounds weird, and it might just be a coincidence, but for the last few weeks before our daughter was born this past February I ate at least 2-3 pieces of bread per day with grass-fed butter slices so thick you could easily have mistaken them for cheese. And then I had a quick, easy (as easy as childbirth gets) four hour labor with the quickest recovery I’ve seen after three children.

Butter miracles aside, if I go a few days without good butter I start to crave anything and everything that I could spread butter on. Toast, bagels, bread, etc.

But wheat is no friend of mine, especially when it hasn’t been soured or soaked. So I made this 100% corn cornmeal bread the other day. It wasn’t soaked, but it was super simple and delicious smeared generously with pastured butter and honey and served alongside scrambled eggs for breakfast.

It left me feeling light yet satisfied in a way that wheat-containing baked goods just never seem to do. And did I mention that corn and butter are best buddies?

100% Cornmeal Cornbread


  • 1 3/4 cup cornmeal, preferably organic or non-GMO (find it here) (Some have had trouble with the cornmeal not absorbing enough of the milk. Due to their comments I do not recommend the Quaker brand of cornmeal or a blue cornmeal)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (or bacon grease)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a 10″ cast iron skillet or an 8×8″ pan.
  2. In a small bowl combine cornmeal, baking powder, and salt and whisk well with a fork. In a medium sized bowl beat eggs and mix in honey, milk, and melted butter.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and place in oven.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of the bread. Allow to cool before cutting. Serve with lots of butter (obviously).

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  • I was really worried when the batter was super thin. I added a little more corn meal, but it was still really thin when I poured it in the pan. I trusted the recipe and it turned out pretty well. It did stick to my very well buttered cast iron pan, but it probably needs to be reseasoned. I used Bob’s Red Mill corn meal and it was okay. Higher quality would be better as there was a slight bitter flavor. Nothing a little butter didn’t help. Good recipe. I’ll try it again.

    Holly September 28, 2015 AT 7:43 am
  • Thank you SOOO much for this recipe! I was afraid it wouldn’t work, because of some comments I read, but mine come out perfect. Exactly like in the picture! And it tastes AMAZINGLY good. I ate it with some feta cheese while it was still hot… delicious!

    I just made two minor adjustments:
    1. 2 cups of yogurt, instead of 2 cups of milk
    2. 2 tablespoons of olive oil, instead of the butter

    Otherwise I followed the recipe and baked it for 20 minutes at 230 Celsius (~450 F). I live at a sea-level, high-humidity place.

    God bless you for this recipe!

    Maria September 9, 2015 AT 8:48 am
  • I just finished make this, and it’s now in the stove. The begging part where you mix it all together l, is the cornmeal supposed to sink to the bottom under the liquid like that? Or did I do something wrong?

    KRYSTAL July 30, 2015 AT 9:14 pm
  • Does anyone know if I can use corn grits in place of the cornmeal? It’s what I have on hand and would like to use it if possible.

    Brenda March 26, 2015 AT 11:06 am

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